Brow Lift Plastic Surgery

What is a Browlift?

A brow lift is an operation to reposition the brows higher. This is sometimes combined with an upper eyelid lift (Upper Blepharoplasty). At the Swan we prefer to strive towards the natural look, depending on your anatomy, this may be best achieved with a lateral brow lift (lifting the outer eyebrows only). If you have minimal brow droop, a browpexy alone may be necessary. A browpexy is used to help suspend the brow internally through an upper eyelid skin cut. This can be combined with an upper eyelid lift. However, if you have significant drooping, then you will need a formal brow lift

How is a Brow Lift Done

The procedure takes about two hours. You will need to be fasted for 6 hours before the procedure. The area is carefully marked. Local anaesthetic is then injected. An incision is performed in the hairline. It is usually around 4cm in length and set back from the hair line. The tissues are undermined, and the eyebrow area is suspended higher. Sutures are then carefully placed. A head bandage is usually applied. It is normal to feel tightness. You will then be given pain killers.

The procedure is usually performed as day surgery, so you can go home the same day.

You will be given antibiotic tablets and pain relief tablets to take home so that you can be comfortable.

Objectives Of The Operation

The aim of Brow Lift Surgery is  to exclude excess upper eyelid tissue (which is recognised by skin touching the eyelashes), eyelid ptosis (which needs a separate operation to repair overstretched levator muscle), and any eyebrow asymmetry

Latest Surgical Brow Lift Techniques

In the 1980s, the brow lifts were overdone resulting in the startled look. We now restore the tissues to their rightful place rather than over elevating them. Our improved knowledge of anatomy and long-term study of patients had led to improved outcomes for our patients through modern surgical techniques

How can I prepare for surgery?
You will need to see Dr Hadi twice. The first consult takes you through the operation as well as expected results. The second consult is at no extra cost to you and runs through things again. All risks and benefits will be discussed with you and treatment will be tailored to your needs and your body shape.

When you decide to proceed, there are a few things you can do to prepare.

  1. Eat healthily by avoid excessively fatty foods and foods high in sugar.
  2.  Stop smoking as this significantly increases complications rates. You cannot smoke for 6 weeks prior and 6 weeks after surgery.
  3. Stop all blood thinners unless previously discussed with Dr Hadi. Please stop any over the counter medications that might thin the blood. A comprehensive list will be provided during your consultation.
  4. Shower the night before or the morning of surgery with a medicated soap. These reduce the bacteria living on the skin and there is evidence it reduces chance of infection.
  5. Fast (do not eat anything) at least 6 hours prior to surgery.
Information about the Sutures
The sutures are kept in place with tape. The tape and sutures need to be removed one week after surgery.
How Soon Can I Drive After Upper Eyelid Surgery
You can drive as soon as your vision is uninterrupted. This generally takes a week.
Plastic surgery before and after photos
Due to the respect and privacy of our patients, we do not publish before and after photos on our website. However, many of our patients have graciously allowed their photos to be viewed by new patients considering the procedure. These photos are available to be viewed during the detailed consultation with Dr Hadi.
When can I shower after Upper Blepharoplasty Procedure?
You can shower from the next dry. The dressings can get wet, please blow dry them if needed after showering.
When can I drive?
You can drive as soon as your vision is uninterrupted. This generally takes a week.
When can I exercise?
Gentle walking is encouraged from the next day. Two weeks for gentle exercise, four weeks before returning to heavy exercise.
When can I go back to work?
Depending on the work you do and how physically demanding it is, you will need 1-2 weeks off before return to work.
Best Plastic Surgical Outcomes
Your part in the operation is essential. You can help achieve the best possible outcome by:

  • Immediately after the procedure, apply the gauze squares we give you dipped into iced water. Change these regularly. You can apply these that night and continue the next day. Cool compresses are beneficial for up to 24 hours.
  • Keep the head elevated after the procedure by sitting up on pillows
  • Sleep on two pillows at night
  • Avoid heavy exercise and lifting for at least 2 weeks.
  • Avoid pain killers which contain antiplatelet. Please check with us prior to taking medication not prescribed by us.
  • Take the antibiotics we prescribe for you. These will last five days and help prevent infection.
  • If you notice your eyes feel dry or are tearing excessively, you can benefit from artificial tears. These are over the counter and available from pharmacies.
  • Come back for regular review as detailed in the next section to ensure your healing is progressing at each stage.
What about post-operative visits?
As a minimum, you will be seen by Dr Hadi after surgery, at one week, at six weeks and twelve months after surgery. This is so that you can have the best possible outcome.

Please call the Swan Clinic on 9526-6885 following your surgery to ensure we have booked all your follow up appointments.

As our patient at the Swan Clinic, you will be well looked after and can always count on our honesty as we always have your wellbeing in mind.

Please feel free to contact us if you have further questions.

Please call the Swan Clinic on 9526-6885 following your surgery to ensure we have booked all your follow up appointments. As our patient at the The Swan Clinic, you will be well looked after and can always count on our honesty as we always have your wellbeing in mind. Please feel free to contact us if you have further questions.