Eyebrows have a lot of power. Whether it is raising or lowering a brow, it can determine the emotion behind the expression and change the mood completely. What we tend to notice as time passes by, is that the brows tend to droop. This is one of the first and most common signs of ageing. In turn, this makes the face look tired and worn, which of course is something we want to avoid if possible.
The good news is, it IS possible. The Face Institute conducts a procedure called a Browplasty, otherwise referred to as a Brow Lift, which is divided into two separate procedures:
- An Endoscopic Brow Lift: Small incisions are made just behind the hairline. A fiberoptic camera is then used to position the brows in the ideal position to help generate the desired appearance. This is performed under general anaesthetic or sedation in some cases.
- An Open Brow Lift: Incisions are made at or behind the hairline. This is often a good option if you have very saggy eyebrows, have lots of excess skin or marked wrinkles of the forehead, or would like to combine a hairline lowering procedure with your browlift.
- A Temporal Brow Lift: A local anaesthetic is used and small incisions are made at the temporal area. This is a great option if the patient is finding the ends of their eyebrows lowering, though the origins at a desirable level.
What kind of results should I expect?
You should expect a higher brow, which will settle slightly as the swelling dissipates. Once you have recovered, your face should look more youthful and alive, less tired with less forehead lines present.
How long would I be out of action?
Swelling should only last 1-2 weeks, with you being in recovery for that time period only. You may experience tenderness behind the hairline, which will be out of sight and potentially some forehead numbness. But this will not last long and you will see and feel the positive results 1-2 weeks post surgery. It has been noted in the past that patients have been happily surprised with their recovery, as they were expecting a much more painful post surgery recovery than they experienced.
How should I prepare for my Brow Lift procedure?
As for all procedures, a healthy diet and plenty of fluids is advised pre and post surgery. It is also advised that all smoking be postponed during this time, from two weeks prior to surgery until completely healed, as smoking can slow healing and increase the risk of complications. Dr Gerarchi and the team at The Face Institute will advise the medications needed post procedure so you can be prepared before surgery and we also advise that all organising be thorough on the day, so that you have someone ready and willing to escort you to and from the hospital.
Overall, a Brow Lift is a simple and common procedure that has minimal downtime and maximum effects. The result is a fresher looking face with the potential for clearer vision depending on how severe the eyebrows had drooped prior to the procedure.
Questions are encouraged and if you are thinking about getting a Brow Lift please give us a call on 02 9412 4599. We will be happy to assess your individual situation and discuss your options in a private consultation.