Eyebrows not only frame the eyes, they provide a great contribution to the shape and appearance of your eyes, the focal point of your face. As we age, gravity and tissue changes make the eyebrows drop, most commonly in the outer half, causing them to flatten and lose their youthful shape. A secondary direct effect occurs on the skin of the upper eyelids, making them look very heavy. A brow-lift is often performed in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation surgery (eye-lift, face-lift) or a non-operative enhancement. In many cases a brow lift may be suggested in conjunction with an upper eyelift to obtain your best result.
Do I need brow-lift surgery?
- I can see better by pushing up on my forehead skin and lifting my brows
- I have deep creases in my forehead (caused by muscle overuse to keep my brows up)
- If I lift up on my forehead skin, my eyebrows and eyes look better
Restoration of normal eyebrow position and shape gradually improves in the first few months after the procedure. Fresh, rejuvenated and energized look to the upper eyes. Softens wrinkles across the forehead. May eliminate the need for upper eye lift in some cases.
Procedure & Recovery
Brow-lift repositioning can be performed through incisions hidden in the scalp or hairline. For cases where smaller lifts are required, it can be performed through the same incisions required for eyelift surgery. In some cases, Dr. Cowan uses an endoscope to perform the lifting procedure through small hidden scar sites. Dr. Cowan will discuss his recommendations and create an individualized surgical treatment plan that is right for you.
- Surgical Scars: Hidden within the hairline in the scalp
- Location: Cambie Surgery Centre or Skin Care Centre (dependent on the type of brow lift required)
- Anesthesia / Sedation: General anesthetic or IV sedation
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Length of stay: Outpatient (same day discharge)
- Bruising: Common, fades by 2-3 weeks after the surgery. Oral arnica, a homeopathic medication, can reduce the bruising and swelling
- Swelling: Moderate, resolves by 2-3 weeks
- Pain: Mild to moderate. Often 2-3 days of prescription medications required
- Numbness: Numbness in the scalp is normal with the open brow-lift and minimal with the endoscopic lift
- Dressings: Small
- Return to Work: 7 days
- Return to Exercise: 14 days
- Expected Longevity: 5 years or more, depending on personal facial aging
Learn more about the history, procedure, and advantages of
Brow lifts with Dr. Bryce Cowan