There are two broad categories of brow lift surgery, based on the incision length – a standard brow lift or short scar variation, and the endoscopic brow lift. Patients that qualify and elect to have a short scar operation will often have less downtime along with a shorter scar. The longer scar technique allows for greater access and therefore can achieve greater effects in most areas. The technique chosen is tailored for each individual patient.
A lateral brow lift is a variant that can be used in selected patients who have hooding of the outer aspects of the eyebrow only. A short incision is made in the temporal hairline, the lateral brow is re-suspended and maximal results are achieved by combining this with a chemical brow lift using an anti-wrinkle injection, such as Botox.
The endoscopic browlift is a minimal access technique performed by using an endoscope and specialised instruments placed through small incisions made within the hairline. This allows repositioning of the underlying tissue and muscle and re-suspension of the brow to give a more youthful appearance.
Recovery time will vary depending on the type of brow lift you have had, this may be anywhere from 5 days to 2 weeks based on the size of your incisions. Your incisions are stitched and your forehead may be taped with your head wrapped in a loose bandage to minimise swelling and bruising.
After the removal of your sutures (5 to 10 days) you will be ready to return to most normal activities.
There will be temporary bruising and numbness both at the site and also the surrounding area, which may last for up to two weeks. As with all other surgery, medication will be prescribed to help prevent any pain or discomfort and prevent any infection.
Healing continues for several weeks to months after your swelling settles and your scars mature.
If you are considering a brow lift, then it is important that you are informed of the potential risks, complications and side effects of this surgery.
While all care is taken to minimise or totally avoid these complications and side effects, complications may and do occur despite the best medical care. It is important that you carefully read and understand the risk factors and they will be discussed in more detail when you have your consultation with your surgeon.