A Brow Lift, also known as a Coronal Lift, involves raising and tightening the skin over and around the eyebrows. With the effects of time and gravity the skin on the forehead becomes looser and prone to lines, and eyebrows can droop causing the upper lids to bulge or giving a hooded appearance. A Brow Lift smoothes the skin of the forehead and raises the eyebrows to create larger, more animated, youthful eyes. Our eyes are the focal point of our faces and this surgery can give the eyes a brighter, fresher look and can make the face look younger.
A standard Brow Lift can be performed in two ways. Both will require a general anaesthetic and an overnight stay at the Hospital. The first method, a coronal lift, not only lifts the brow but also erases horizontal wrinkles from the forehead and the top of the nose. The incision for this method runs along the top of the forehead, usually behind the hairline so the scars will not show.
The second method involves two small incisions made on the hairline above the brows. This is called an Endoscopic Brow Lift because an endoscope (a very tiny camera) is used to guide the surgeon whilst performing the procedure. The main advantage to this method is the significant reduction in scarring, but the results may not be as dramatic as with a Coronal Lift.
After surgery the forehead will feel tight and perhaps numb. There may be some swelling and bruising around the eyes. Depending on the procedure the wound will be closed with either stitches or metal staples that are removed after 7-10 days. Neither procedure will affect sight, however, sight may be slightly blurred at first until the swelling subsides. Usually it is fine to return to normal activities after 2 weeks, but strenuous exercise or sports should be avoided for about 6 weeks. It is also important to make time for all post-operative consultations.