Brow / Forehead Lift

A Brow / Forehead Lift is an increasingly popular aesthetic surgery, generally done when a patient wants to remove signs of upper facial ageing.

A small incision is made a few centimetres behind the hairline and dissection is made at the level of the bone down to the eyebrows to release the excess skin from the scalp. Excess tissue is redistributed upwards or removed to smooth out unwanted furrows and deep forehead lines. A Brow/Forehead Lift is often done in conjunction with other surgeries such as Hair Transplants, Fat Transfers, Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), or a Face Lift.

Done as an outpatient surgery, a patient will come and go in the same day. The surgery is usually completed in 1-2 hours, using only local anaesthesia or general anaesthesia.

The conventional method calls for small incisions, which are still hidden in the hair-bearing scalp. This forehead skin is lifted, and the excess skin is trimmed. After the removal, the incision is closed with absorbable stitches, removable clips, and bandages.

A Brow Lift poses various risks, including:

  • Scarring. Scarring might be visible after a Brow Lift.

  • Changes in skin sensation.  A Brow Lift can cause temporary or permanent numbness on the forehead or top of the scalp.

  • Asymmetry in the position of the brows. A Brow Lift can result in asymmetry, with one or both of the eyebrows appearing too high. However, asymmetry may even out during the healing process. Persistent brow shape or position problems can be treated through additional surgery.
  • Hair problems. A Brow Lift can cause an elevated hairline or hair loss at the incision site. If hair loss doesn’t resolve on its own, it can be treated with scar excision or hair grafting.

Like any other type of major surgery, a Brow Lift poses a risk of bleeding, infection and an adverse reaction to anaesthesia.

You can expect some swelling and a feeling of tightness for about two weeks. The bandages can be removed in 2 days. The stitches will dissolve on their own, and the clips will be removed after 2 weeks.

Can I have a Browlift if I already have a high hairline?

If a patient presents with a too-high or receded hairline, a forehead reduction can be done with the Browlift. Moving the scalp hair forward surgically will lower the upper forehead hairline.

How painful is Browlift surgery?

The procedure itself is painless, as an anaesthetic is used during the operation. At your consultation, we will determine whether full general anaesthesia or “twilight” sedation is best for you. You may experience some swelling and tightness for a week or two following surgery, but little pain is expected. Most patients require little medication.

When is the proper age to have a Browlift?

Some women may never need a Browlift, while others may benefit as early as their late twenties. Men generally don’t benefit until their late forties at the earliest.

How long should I expect the effects of my Browlift to last?

Browlifts are among the longest-lasting cosmetic procedures we perform; nine out of ten people who have a Browlift never need another.