With age, wrinkles around the eyes and on the forehead that were once temporary start becoming a permanent fixture on the face, giving a tired appearance that can potentially affect vision.
Also known as a forehead lift, a brow lift removes excess skin through incisions hidden within the hairline aiming to reduce frown lines, forehead wrinkles and sagging brows.
A brow lift is often considered when a patient is contemplating eyelid surgery, as the two procedures can commonly be done hand-in-hand to produce optimum results. Dr Avery has over a decade of experience in plastic surgery and has been performing brow lifts in Newcastle since 2013.
During your initial consultation, Dr Avery will assess your relevant medical history and before going any further, ensure that a brow lift procedure is a safe and appropriate choice for you.
If you are considering a brow lift or similar procedures such as a face lift or eyelid surgery, book a consultation with Dr Avery and together you can discuss the different options available, developing a personalised treatment plan.
A classic brow lift is a relatively simple procedure which involves creating an incision along the hairline and removing excess skin to create a smoother surface. Before the incision is closed, certain muscles and other tissue may be adjusted to correct the source of visible creases in the forehead.
Depending on the desired result, Dr Avery may use a traditional brow lift technique as described above, or a less invasive technique. An endoscopic brow lift involves creating several small incisions behind the hairline and using an endoscope (a thin tube with a tiny camera at the end) to guide the surgery.
All of our brow lift procedures take place in an accredited hospital under local or general anaesthesia, with appropriately trained support staff and anaesthetist. An uncomplicated brow lift is generally a day surgery, lasting 1–2 hours depending on the technique used, with another hour of recovery time before the patient can go home.
As with any operation, the patient will need to organise somebody to drive them home and it is recommended that they have another adult stay with them during the first night after surgery.
Patients may return to work and normal activities within 1–2 weeks after a brow lift, the complexity of the procedure, and any other procedures performed.
There will be some bruising and swelling, which generally subsides about 1–2 weeks after the operation. Patients recovering from a brow lift will be required to wear bandages for a few days to provide support and reduce post-operative pain or swelling.
A customised pain relief program will be created for each patient and issued before leaving the hospital. If circumstances change at any stage during the recovery period, then the pain medication can certainly be adjusted accordingly.
Scars from a brow lift are very small and hidden above the hairline. They will generally fade to almost invisible, although this can vary depending on how well your skin copes with scarring.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Dr Avery is a member of the two leading professional associations for plastic surgeons in Australia, ASAPS and ASPS. Their websites provide additional information regarding plastic surgery in Australia that you might find useful, please visit ASAPS and ASPS.