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As you age your skin begins to lose elasticity. Lines on the forehead can develop and increase over time. 

What happens during brow lift surgery?

Brow lifts can be performed several ways. Your consultant will assess your situation and recommend the right procedure. 

During your operation your surgeon will shorten the muscles in your brow through an incision in your hairline. The procedure lifts the forehead area and repositions your eye brows for a younger look. Any scar will be hidden in your hair.

You may have the option of keyhole surgery. In this case your surgeon will access the area through tiny incisions on your hairline. 

Brow lift surgery is usually performed under general anaesthetic and you may need to spend one night in hospital. You may have bandaging on your forehead to protect any incisions. There may be very thin tubes (drains) inserted in the wound to drain any excess fluid or blood. These will be removed in 2-3 days.

You may have bruising and swelling in your forehead and upper eyelid area. The area may be very sensitive but you will be given pain relief medication. You may be asked to remain upright and to avoid bending over or straining for the first fews days.

Going home after brow lift surgery

Your face may look and feel very swollen. This should diminish over the first two weeks. You will need to sleep upright propped up with pillows to minimise swelling. Any stitches will be removed 4-7 days after the procedure. If your surgeon uses dissolvable stitches they will disappear on their own. 

After a few days you will be able to remove any dressings. Be sure and discuss how soon you can wash your hair and when you can return to work with your surgeon. For the first three weeks following surgery you should not lift anything heavy or do anything strenuous.  

What are the complications of brow lift?

Every surgical procedure has a risk of complications. Be sure and discuss any concerns you might have about these risks with your surgeon.

General complications of any operation:
  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection in a surgical wound
  • Blood clots (DVT - deep vein thrombosis)
Specific complications of brow lift surgery:
  • Temporary or permanent nerve damage
  • Altered hairline
  • Hair or skin loss
  • Discomfort at night
Find your nearest hospital that provides this treatment
Bournemouth  

67 Lansdowne Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1RW

01202 291866
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Brentwood  

Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH

01277 695695
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Brighton  

Warren Road, Brighton, BN2 6DX

01273 624488
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Bristol  

3 Clifton Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1BN

0117 906 4870
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Cambridge  

4 Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AF

01223 370919
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Cardiff and Vale  

Cardiff Bay Hospital, Dunleavey Drive, Cardiff, CF11 0SN

02920 836700
Cheltenham  

Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, GL51 6SY

01242 246 500
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Chester  

Wrexham Road, Chester, CH4 7QP

01244 680 444
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Chichester  

78 Broyle Road, Chichester, PO19 6WB

01243 530600
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Derby  

Rykneld Road, Derby, DE23 4SN

01332 540100
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Exeter  

Wonford Road, Exeter, EX2 4UG

01392 262110
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Glasgow  

25 Beaconsfield Road, Glasgow, G12 0PJ

01413349441
Guildford  

Stirling Road, Guildford, GU2 7RF

01483 555805
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Hereford  

Venns Lane, Hereford, HR1 1DF

01432 355 131
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Ipswich  

Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP4 5SW

01473 279100
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Leeds  

2 Leighton Street, Leeds, LS1 3EB

01133 882 067
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Leicester  

Scraptoft Lane, Leicester, LE5 1HY

0116 2769 401
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Newcastle upon Tyne  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1JP

0191 281 6131
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North Staffordshire  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 4DB

01782 625431
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Oxford  

Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP

01865 307777
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Plymouth  

Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BG

01752 775861
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Shrewsbury  

Longden Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 9DP

01743 282628
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Taunton  

Staplegrove Elm, Taunton, TA2 6AN

01823 286991
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Tees  

Junction Road, Norton, Stockton on Tees, TS20 1PX

01642 367439
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Tunbridge Wells  

Kingswood Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 4UL

01892 531111
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Warwickshire  

The Chase, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa, CV32 6RW

Enquiries 0300 131 1400
Switchboard 01926 679571
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Wessex  

Winchester Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, SO53 2DW

02380 266 377
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Woking  

Shores Road, Woking, GU21 4BY

01483 227800
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Wolverhampton  

Wood Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8LE

01902 754 177
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York  

Haxby Road, York, YO31 8TA

01904 715000
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