Brow Lift (BROWPLASTY) Sydney NSW

A brow lift (browplasty) or forehead lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure that raises and reshapes the eyebrows. It can also remove excess upper eyelid skin. This procedure can also address forehead wrinkles, horizontal lines, and low-positioned brows in some cases. However, it is important to have a consultation and discussion with a qualified plastic surgeon to find out what can be achieved.

What Changes can a Brow Lift (Browplasty) make?

A brow lift (browplasty) is performed with the goal of:

  • Elevating low-positioned brows
  • Reducing the appearance of forehead wrinkles and horizontal lines
  • Addressing brow asymmetry
  • Reducing excess upper eyelid skin
  • Addressing visual obstruction due to lower brow position and excessive upper eyelid laxity

Suitable Candidates for a Brow Lift (Browplasty)

A brow lift (browplasty) is not for everyone. During your consultation, Dr Turner will assess your overall health, expectations, and aesthetic goals. Candidates for a brow lift (browplasty) often aim to address the following:

  • Low-positioned brows
  • Forehead wrinkles and horizontal lines
  • Brow asymmetry
  • Excess upper eyelid skin
  • Visual obstruction due to lower brow position and excessive upper eyelid laxity

In addition, candidates for a brow lift (browplasty) should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations.

Brow Lift (Browplasty) Surgery – What to Expect

The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia in an accredited hospital with the assistance of a qualified anaesthetist. Depending on the extent of the surgery, the procedure can take 2-3 hours to complete. You may be allowed to go home the same day or you may need to stay overnight depending on the extent of the procedure.

The surgical technique and incision location will depend on individual patient features and aesthetic goals. The traditional open brow lift (browplasty) technique requires a long incision within the hair-bearing scalp. This gives access to remove excess skin, modify the underlying muscles, and lift the eyebrows.

The lateral brow lift (browplasty) requires a small incision either at the hairline or within the hair-bearing scalp in the temporal area. It elevates the outer part of the brow which is most frequently affected by ageing. 

The endoscopic brow lift (browplasty) technique requires three to five small incisions in the hair-bearing scalp. This allows for the endoscope (a long, thin, flexible tube with a light and camera) to gain access and provide visualisation of the underlying tissues. The soft tissues of the forehead and eyebrows are then repositioned and excess skin is removed.

Recovery After a Brow Lift (Browplasty)

After brow lift (browplasty) surgery, you will need to elevate the head for several days to reduce swelling. Temporary numbness may be present after surgery, however, it will gradually decrease within a few days. Bruising around the lower eyelid area may last for up to two weeks. To address these discomforts, you will need to take the prescribed medications.

A week after brow lift (browplasty) surgery, you will return to Dr Turner’s office for a follow-up. During this time, you can see the results of the procedure despite some swelling. Dr Turner will remove any sutures present and will assess the healing of the incisions.

After a brow lift (browplasty), you will need to rest for a week or two to allow healing. Depending on your recovery, you can resume normal activities during this time. However, you will need to avoid strenuous activities and contact sports.

Risks & Complications Associated with a Brow Lift (Browplasty)

As with any surgery, you must be fully informed of the potential risks and complications associated with brow lift (browplasty) surgery. They will be discussed in further detail when you have your consultation with Dr Turner.

Risks and complications of a brow lift (browplasty) are the following:

  • Asymmetry
  • Bruising/haematoma
  • Infection
  • Pigmentation changes (skin discolouration)
  • Poor Scarring
  • Ptosis (low-positioned brows)
  • Revision surgery
  • Swelling