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The brow lift

A brow lift is a face-lift performed on the area above the eye.

This procedure is used to help reverse the wrinkles and creases across the forehead that may have developed over the years. It may also be suitable for a person concerned about a low brow or deep frown.

Is a brow lift available on the NHS?

Cosmetic surgery procedures are not usually available for funding by the NHS. However, the procedure may be available in the case of brow ptosis - drooping of the eyebrow - if it affects vision or makes it difficult to open the eyelids.

What is a brow lift?

The forehead lift is also known as an endobrow lift, an open brow lift and a temporal lift. The procedure cosmetically corrects sagging in the forehead skin, upper eyelids and eyebrows.

What are the alternatives to a brow lift?

Wrinkles on the forehead may be lessened using botulinum injections (including Botox). However, the height of the eyebrows is not changed.

How is a brow lift carried out?

There main types of brow lift are:

Direct brow lift

In this procedure, a crescent shaped area of tissue is removed from the forehead above the eyebrow line. The incision is then closed up with sutures. Small scars may be visible later but these may follow the line of a natural crease on the forehead.

Trans-eyelid brow lift

Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty to remove excess upper lid skin can be done at the same time as a brow lift.

Endoscopic brow lift

Surgery is carried out through small incisions in the scalp. Ligaments holding parts of the forehead skin are freed up and then the skin is reattached at a different height.

Your consultation

You've selected the surgeon, now it's time for the consultation.

You should prepare for your consultation by having your medical history handy, this may include details of any previous facial surgery you have had. Your doctor will also need to know about any current medical conditions you have and if you are taking any medications. This information will affect how your surgeon analyses your case and decides how to approach your surgery. Also, you should know exactly what you want to correct about the current appearance of your forehead.

Your surgeon will evaluate your entire forehead region, including your upper eyelids, paying attention to the muscles. The surgeon may ask you to make a variety of facial expressions so he or she can evaluate exactly how to help you.

How to prepare for surgery

There might be some lifestyle adjustments you have to make before you can undergo the procedure. For instance, if you smoke you may have to stop or at least curtail your habit for a few days. Your surgeon will provide you with specific pre-operative instructions.

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