A brow lift is a cosmetic procedure that is undertaken to raise one’s eyebrows. It aims to raise the soft tissue and skin of the forehead and brow area around and above the eyes.
Typically, as one age, the eyebrows move down and gradually lose the ability to move back into place after being stretched, resulting in a smaller gap between the eyebrows and eyelids in addition to brow ptosis.
The procedure involves raising the soft tissue, skin of the forehead and brow and can be performed with other procedures, such as upper and lower blepharoplasty surgery.
Eyebrow lift surgery candidate
Good candidates for brow lift surgery usually have eyebrows that are positioned lower than desired or have descended over time due to ageing or genetic factors. Candidates may also have prominent forehead wrinkles, horizontal lines across the forehead, and deep frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines). These signs of ageing may be addressed during a brow lift surgery.
Ideal candidates should be in overall good health, without any underlying medical conditions that could increase the risks associated with surgery and the recovery process.
It is important for candidates to have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure. Suitable candidates will understand the limitations of the surgery and have reasonable expectations about the final results.
Being a non-smoker or willing to quit smoking is generally important for optimal healing and to reduce the risk of complications.
While there is no specific age requirement for brow lift surgery, it is commonly performed on individuals in their 40s to 60s. However, younger individuals with hereditary eyebrow drooping or those seeking cosmetic enhancements may also be suitable candidates.
Brow lift surgery costs in Perth
The expenses for brow lift procedures are determined uniquely for each person, as each step is tailored to their specific needs. Dr Hanikeri will carefully evaluate your requirements during the initial consultation. We can then give you a precise cost estimate based on your individual situation.
The fee for your initial consultation to discuss a brow lift procedure will be $250. This is required at the time of making a booking to secure your appointment. Additional consultations required to clarify the procedure plan will be $120.
We believe in providing exceptional support throughout your recovery journey. That is why post-operative check-ups, dressing changes, and suture removal are all included in the procedure cost and do not incur additional fees.
Your surgical fee estimate
The fees for a brow lift cover the surgeon’s fees, anaesthesia fees, and hospital fees. The overall costs can be affected by factors such as the complexity of the procedure, the specific type of surgery required, and how long the operation takes. Since these factors differ for each patient, you will have a thorough discussion about your unique procedure plan during the consultation. At the end of the consultation, you’ll receive a detailed Surgical Fee Estimate that breaks down all the applicable fees.
Our payment plan option
Patients have the option to participate in our pre-procedure payment plan prior to the procedure date. The full payment must be made at least two weeks before the procedure date, and you have the flexibility to make instalment payments on a weekly or monthly basis leading up to that date. This interest-free payment plan requires an initial deposit of $500 to secure your desired procedure date. It is important to note that we are unable to accommodate third-party payment plans, as this practice is not permitted by the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and AHPRA.
For a better understanding of the expenses and a detailed fee estimate, feel free to get in touch with our team and book your initial consultation. We’re here to help and provide more information to address any questions or concerns you may have about the brow lift procedure
The procedure will be performed differently based on the specific results that you are looking to achieve and your unique circumstances. There are various types of brow lift techniques available to Dr Mark Hanikeri. These include:
- Endoscopic brow lifts
- Temporal brow lifts
- Direct brow lifts
- Coronal brow lifts
- Hairline brow lifts
You will discuss the steps of your personalised procedure during your initial consultation.
The procedure generally takes one to two hours to complete under General Anaesthesia. Patients may experience some scarring as a result of brow lift surgery, though the surgeon will aim to keep this at a minimum.
Recovery from a brow lift
The recovery process from a brow lift can vary as a result of various factors and the unique procedure that has been performed on a patient. Nonetheless, one must follow their surgeon’s post-operative instructions carefully to ensure proper healing and minimise the risk of any complications arising.
Generally, you may experience the following during your recovery:
- There will be some swelling and bruising around the forehead and eye area, which can last up to two weeks.
- Patients may experience some discomfort and pain, but this can be managed with pain medication as prescribed by their surgeon.
- Avoid strenuous activities for at least two weeks after surgery, and keep your head elevated to reduce swelling.
- Avoid direct sunlight and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
Sutures or staples are typically removed about seven to 10 days after surgery, and most patients can return to work or other day-to-day activities within seven to 10 days, but it may take several weeks for the full effects of the surgery to be visible. By the one-month mark, patients are able to resume most other activities including exercise.
If you experience any unusual symptoms or complications, such as excessive bleeding, shortness of breath, fever, chest pain, sudden swelling or severe pain, please contact your surgeon immediately.
After three to six months, you will begin to see the final results of your surgery, and any residual scarring caused by the procedure will continue to fade.
Potential risks and complications
While serious complications are infrequent, it is essential to consider all aspects before making an informed decision as to whether or not you are happy to undergo the procedure.
A possible complication is infection. Post-operative care, including proper wound care and following your surgeon’s instructions, can significantly minimise the risk. In some cases, excessive bleeding or hematoma formation may occur. While uncommon, it can be managed by your surgeon with appropriate measures.
During the healing process, bruising and swelling may take several months to settle down. There is a possibility of delayed wound healing or poor scarring. Factors such as individual healing ability, genetics, and adherence to post-operative care instructions can influence this outcome.
Numbness or altered sensation in the forehead or scalp may be experienced temporarily following a brow lift. This is typically due to the manipulation of nerves during the procedure. The sensation typically returns gradually over time, but in rare cases, it may persist longer. It’s important to communicate any concerns about sensation with your surgeon during the recovery period.
Rarely, both eyes may be swollen shut for a few days.
Whilst most deep wrinkles will look less obvious, some may be improved only slightly or not at all. Reoperation may be needed to achieve the desired result.
Rarely, temporary hair loss may occur near the treated area; this is caused by increased skin tension in the scalp.
Hair thinning or loss next to the line of incision; normal regrowth usually takes place within a few weeks or months. Rarely, hair thinning or loss near the scar may be permanent.
No movement or poor movement of the forehead muscles in the first few days after surgery, movement may return to normal on one side faster than the other.
Another potential risk is the possibility of asymmetry or an unnatural appearance. While the goal of a brow lift is to achieve balance and a natural outcome, variations in healing or individual anatomy can contribute to slight asymmetries. These can often be addressed through further adjustments or touch-up procedures if deemed necessary.
The results of the surgery may not match your expectations.
Your surgeon will provide detailed pre-operative and post-operative instructions to minimise risks and optimise your recovery process. By closely following these guidelines and maintaining open communication with your surgeon, you can help to ensure sufficient recovery.
Why choose Dr Hanikeri for a brow lift in Perth
If you are considering a brow lift, we highly advise booking a consultation with Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Mark Hanikeri by calling (08) 9380 0311 or contacting us today. He will be able to guide you through the process and help you obtain the results you desire.
As a qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Hanikeri has extensive experience in performing procedures both in Australia and internationally. He has undergone rigorous training to obtain his qualifications and has also shared his knowledge by teaching aspiring plastic surgeons.
When considering a brow lift, it is crucial to select a qualified specialist plastic surgeon to ensure optimal results and minimise the risk of complications. Choosing a surgeon like Dr Hanikeri, who has the necessary qualifications and experience in performing brow lift procedures, can help raise the likelihood of achieving your ideal results and help to minimise complications.