A brow lift is a procedure to lift the brow. As we age there is a natural tendency for the brow to drop. This results in the position of the eyebrows becoming lower which can sometimes make the eyelids feel heavier.
Brow Elevation Using a Variety of Methods
There are many methods of brow elevation from non-surgical to surgical. The most common method of brow elevation nowadays is using Botulinum toxin, commonly known as Botox.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are a number of ways to lift the brow. These procedures vary from minimally invasive procedures to surgical operations. The most common way to lift the brow now is to perform a chemical brow lift.
The chemical brow lift is the name given to the use of Botox in the forehead to lift the brow. This is a commonly performed out patient clinic procedure . The action of Botox, however, is temporary and generally lasts 3-4 months. This can be repeated once it begins to wear off.
This is performed using dermal fillers. In this procedure, fillers can be injected around the eyebrow area to lift the outer parts of the eyebrows. This gives the impression that the eyebrow is lifted. Fillers to this area will generally last from 6-9 months.
A thread lift is a procedure that involves placing a special thread just underneath the skin. The skin can then be pulled over the thread to lift the brow up. Thread lifts are also temporary and will last for about 1 year.
An endoscopic brow lift, or keyhole brow lift, is a surgical procedure. The operation is usually performed as a general anaesthetic day case procedure.
This operation involves making incisions in the hairline to pass instruments to lift the skin and forehead muscles from the bone. The skin can then be lifted and redraped to restore a more youthful appearance. This can be combined with upper eyelid or facelift surgery.
There will normally be some bruising and swelling of the forehead and eyelids. This can take a week or two to improve and bruising may take even longer to settle. Although uncommon, bleeding may occur and this may result in a haematoma, which is a collection of blood underneath the skin. The risk of infection is low following this operation. Most patients will experience some temporary numbness of the skin of the forehead and scalp. This is because the nerves can be stretched or bruised during the operation. Temporary weakness of the forehead muscles may also occur and this may take longer to recover. The brow lift is often slightly over corrected, as it is likely to drop with time. The scars from the incisions are usually well hidden within the hair. The scars themselves will not grow any hair and rarely the hair surrounding the scar may also fail to grow.
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