A brow lift also called a forehead lift or eyebrow lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure for tightening and removing excess skin and tissues that cause your eyebrows to sag; thereby enhancing your facial appearance and giving it a youthful look and feel.
The normal process of aging can cause a droopy brow or sagging skin in your forehead. It can also occur as a result of sudden weight loss and depletion of fat around the forehead.
Having a sagging forehead can cause overly droopy sagging upper eyelids or a dropped brow if using anti-wrinkle injections to reduce your forehead wrinkles.
A forehead lift can be done using a classical approach or through an endoscopic approach. Dr Doyle does not do the classic approach as it involves a large scar extending from one ear to the other through the scalp hair. This incision can lead to significant numbness of the scalp and large bald scars. An endoscopic brow lift is a minimally invasive procedure using small scars in your scalp to mobilise and lift your forehead, upper eyelid, and eyebrows with the help of a specialised instrument- called the endoscope (a small telescope.)
At the time of surgery, the muscles between the eyebrows can be weakened to minimise skin wrinkles in that area. Likewise, horizontal wrinkle lines in the forehead can be treated in the same way.
Specialist plastic and cosmetic surgeon, Dr Mark Doyle at the Gold Coast, Queensland can help you reduce excess skin and tissues and tighten areas around your forehead using an Endoscopic Browlift technique.
What is an endoscopic brow lift?
An endoscopic brow lift is a minimally invasive approach to restore the youthfulness of the upper third of your face by removing excess skin and tissues around the forehead area. It also involves repositioning the underlying muscles and tissues in that area. The procedure is done with the help of a specialised instrument called the endoscope; a system of cameras that helps achieve better visualisation through minimal incisions. It helps you regain a firmer look to the forehead area which may have been lost as a result of the normal process of ageing or sudden weight loss of any cause. You are an ideal candidate for the surgery if sagging of skin in the upper third of your face is affecting your appearance and causing you to have issues related to self-image or you have loose upper eyelid skin because your eyebrows are droopy.
Am I a good candidate for Brow Lift Surgery?
You are a good candidate for an endoscopic brow lift if:
- You have realistic expectations about what the surgery can do for you.
- You are in a healthy physical and mental state.
- You have frown lines on your forehead
- You have excessive wrinkling in your forehead.
- You want a more youthful experience for your face, especially the upper third.
- You have a decent hairline, and you are not balding.
- You are a non-smoker or are willing to quit smoking as per the doctor’s discretion.
- Your eyebrows are low, and you have loose skin in your upper eyelids
Dr Doyle will help you set realistic expectations by showing you multiple pre-and post-surgery pictures. This session helps give you a rough idea of how the results may look; however, it is not 100% accurate as different factors may vary the outcome. He will also explain to you about alternatives methods of endoscopic brow lift and help you choose the best surgery according to your needs and conditions.
Book a consultation with Dr Doyle to find out if you are an ideal candidate for Endoscopic brow lift.
What are the benefits of endoscopic brow lift?
Benefits of an endoscopic brow lift include:
- It gives a firm and youthful appearance to the upper third of your face by tightening the brow area.
- It helps reduce forehead wrinkles
- The results are long-lasting and scarring following the procedure is not visible as it will be made in the scalp region.
- It helps get rid of frown lines formed as a result of aging or stress.
- It helps reposition the brow line along the lines of the natural brow ridge.
- It has considerably less recovery time when compared to traditional methods of a brow lift.
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Brow Lift or Forehead Lift performed on the Gold Coast by Dr Mark Doyle
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What is the Endoscopic Brow Lift procedure?
An endoscopic brow lift is a minimally invasive cosmetic surgical procedure to restore the youthfulness of your brow area by removing excess skin and tissues and tightening underlying muscles and tissues. Dr Doyle uses a viewing instrument called an endoscope to perform a brow lift with minimal incisions. He makes four small incisions well within your hairline so that scarring following the procedure is not easily visible. The procedure takes about an hour or two to complete but may take longer when done in association with other procedures. Most patients would go home on the day of the surgery.
The following steps outline the various stages of the procedure:
An endoscopic brow lift is done using general anesthesia.
Making the incisions
Dr Doyle will make 4 small incisions within your scalp. The post-operative scarring as a result of these incisions will be inconspicuous and will fade away in about 2 weeks.
Endoscope guided skin tightening
Through the incision, Dr Doyle will insert the endoscope, and with the help of magnification provided by it will adjust muscles and tissues within and under the skin. Also, the cause of forehead creases and frown lines will be addressed.
Closing the incision
Following adequate skin and tissue removal, the incisions in the scalp will be sealed using a non-absorbable suture. 2 small screws which are screwed into the skull are used to keep the brow in place whilst it heals. These are removed 10 days following the procedure. A bandage will be applied over your forehead to cover the sutures. Non- absorbable sutures are removed 10 days after the procedure.
Immediately after the procedure, you may have some mild discomfort, swelling, and bruising around the forehead area. You should not be worried about it, as it is a common occurrence and will be monitored before your discharge. Dr Doyle will prescribe you anti-pain medications and antibiotics for your recovery period.
Recovery following Endoscopic brow lift
The recovery time following an endoscopic brow lift is less compared to invasive surgeries of the forehead which serve a similar purpose. Recovery following surgery depends on your health condition and the healing abilities of your body, however usually the initial recovery following endoscopic brow lift takes about two weeks. You will be advised to sleep with your head inclined for the first few days following surgery as this helps in early drainage of swelling. Applying cold compresses indirectly to the swelling helps in relief from pain and swelling.
You should be able to resume normal activities after 10-14 days when much of the swelling will have subsided. However strenuous activities should be avoided and should be resumed only after consultation with Dr Doyle. Smoking and consuming alcohol should be avoided during the recovery periods as they interfere with wound healing. You must avoid scratching the area of incision in your scalp. Your hairs will completely hide the swelling; also, Dr Doyle will prescribe ointments that help fade the scars.
Final results following endoscopic brow lift might take a few months to be completely visible after all swelling has subsided. The results following the procedure are long-lasting, but it can be altered by various factors like weight gain and aging.
Can I Smoke and have a Brow Lift?
Smoking is known to reduce the production of elastin and collagen- proteins that are crucial for skin elasticity and firmness. It also hastens the process of age-related sagging of skin. Besides, cigarette smoking can be highly toxic before and after the surgery itself. If you are a smoker, Dr Doyle expects you to quit smoking at least 4 weeks before the procedure and continue to abstain during the recovery period as well for at least 6 weeks. Nicotine present in smoke causes blood vessels in your body to shrink, compromising the function of your red blood cells. This lowers the oxygen levels in the blood and consequently oxygen delivery to various body parts, delaying the wound healing process. It is also associated with numerous complications during the surgery itself.
You should consider quitting smoking if you want the results following the Brow lift to be long-lasting.
Why choose Dr Mark Doyle?
Dr. Mark Doyle is a highly skilled and accomplished specialist plastic surgeon having multiple years of training. He puts the patient’s safety and wellbeing as his priority and approaches every case with up-to-date knowledge and highly innovative techniques. Dr. Doyle uses an endoscope that allows the brow lift to be performed with minimal incisions.
How much does an endoscopic brow lift cost?
As the procedure is performed according to the specific needs of the patient, the cost may differ from individual to individual. The consultation charge, the Surgeon’s charge, an Anaesthetist charge, the Surgical Assistant charge, and the hospital charges will be included in the final cost. As endoscopic brow lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure done usually without medical indication you will not be eligible for Medicare rebates in most cases. However, if lifting your brow improves your field of vision and eyesight you may be eligible for a medical rebate if you are having upper eyelid surgery at the same procedure. Dr Doyle will discuss your eligibility for rebates.
You can get an estimate as to how much you should expect to spend on the procedure by scheduling a consultation with Dr Mark Doyle. Alternatively, you can browse our pricing resources to find about more about the cost of browlift surgery:
Associated Procedures with Endoscopic Brow Lift
As you age and signs of aging set in on your face, undergoing only brow lift will not eliminate other age-related changes in your face. A brow lift can be combined with different surgeries to get an all-around youthful appearance of the face. The effects of a brow lift can be complemented with the following surgeries:
Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is a cosmetic surgery done to improve the appearance of your eyes by rejuvenating the appearance of upper, lower, or both the eyelids by tightening it, removing excess skin, reducing swollen eye bags, and smoothening fine lines around them. When done along with an endoscopic brow lift the results of the two surgeries are complemented and you get an all-around youthful look.
Facelift is a cosmetic surgical procedure done to reduce sagging of the lower face and improve the appearance of your cheekbones and the chin to give you a well-defined jawline. As brow lift involves the upper part of the face, and facelift the lower, the two surgeries can be combined to give a more balanced well-defined youthful look to your face.
Brow Lift Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a brow lift or blepharoplasty?
A brow lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure which will lift droopy eyebrows and decrease wrinkles in the skin between the eyebrows and forehead skin whereas blepharoplasty is the surgical procedure of altering the appearance of upper and lower eyelids or both.
The choice of what helps rejuvenate your face of either of these surgeries can be determined only through an in-person consultation with a specialist plastic surgeon. Sometimes you may require combining both surgeries for the best aesthetic results.
How long do the results following endoscopic brow lift last?
The results following the surgery are usually long-lasting and can last up to 10 years following the surgery. Limiting exposure to sunlight, quitting smoking, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle helps you get longer-lasting results after the surgery.
Is it worth getting an endoscopic brow lift?
It can be worth getting an endoscopic brow lift done if:
- You have heavy wrinkling or frowning in your forehead which is causing you to have issues related to self-image.
- Droopy eyebrows and loose upper eyelid skin.
- Sagging around the upper eyelid has compromised your peripheral vision and you want a solution for it.
- You want a youthful appearance for the upper third of your face.
What are the risks associated with Endoscopic Browlift?
An endoscopic brow lift is a minimally invasive surgery and is considerably less risky than traditional methods of brow lift but it does have some risks of its own. You should understand all the likely risks and complications before the surgery to take the necessary measures for prevention. Potential risks of an endoscopic brow lift include:
- Thick scarring.
- Hair loss at the site of incision and elevation of the frontal hairline.
- Altered sensation in your scalp.
- Loss of sensation around the scalp.
Book a Consultation
Book a consultation with Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Mark Doyle on the Gold Coast to find out if an endoscopic brow lift is right for you.