What is brow lift surgery?
With age the forehead can drop resulting in your eyebrows sitting at a lower level and this can also cause excess skin overhanging your upper eyelids. A brow lift (or forehead lift) is a procedure which aims to rejuvenate the upper part of your face by lifting the forehead skin and at the same time helping to lift the eyebrows. Brow lifts are most commonly performed using an endoscopic or ‘keyhole’ technique.
Brow lifts are usually carried out in combination with an upper eyelid reduction (upper blepharoplasty) and some patients often require other facial surgery such as facelifts in order to rejuvenate the whole face.
Mr Chana is well known for his expertise in facial surgery. You can read about his patients undergoing facial surgery in the Daily Mail and watch videos of his patients undergoing facial surgery. (place links here)
What happens during the operation?
An endoscopic browlift is carried out under general anaesthesia and usually requires a one night stay in hospital.
Five small incisions are made within the hairline to allow an endoscope to be inserted beneath your forehead skin. The hair is not shaved and these the incisions are small and well hidden within the hair-bearing scalp. No scars are seen on the skin of the forehead. The tissues are freed from their attachments and the eyebrows are lifted. Some of the frown line muscles are removed through the endoscope at the same time. The forehead skin is fixed at a higher level using a permanent stitch which is fixed to the bone. The incisions are closed using dissolvable stitches.
What is the recovery?
Pain is uncommon after this operation and at the most a mild headache may be experienced for the first few days. This easily relieved by mild analgesic tablets which will be prescribed. Aspirin or aspirin like medication (non-steroidal antiinflammatory tablets) must not be taken.
After surgery you should avoid stooping or vigorous activity for a few days to reduce the swelling. It is also important to sleep upright at night to reduce the swelling.
There is usually no bruising visible on the forehead but since browlifts are usually performed in conjunction with a blepharoplasty there is usually bruising around the eyes for approximately two weeks.
What are the risks?
Fortunately complications are uncommon after browlift surgery. Infections are rare and easily treated with antibiotics. Bleeding or haematoma is also rare. Some loss of sensation in the skin of the forehead and scalp may occur due to stretching of the nerves but this usually recovers within a few months.
Mr Chana will provide you with a comprehensive information leaflet following consultation.