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Brow Lift Surgery | Forehead Lift

A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, is a surgical procedure designed to elevate the position of the eyebrows and address furrowing of the forehead skin. Brow lift surgery is often chosen by individuals seeking to correct naturally low or heavy brows. The procedure can be customized to meet the specific goals and anatomy of each patient, resulting in a more balanced and harmonious facial appearance.

Potential Outcomes of Brow Lift Surgery

  • Smoothed Forehead: The procedure can address forehead wrinkles, lines, and furrows, resulting in smoother appearance.
  • Enhanced Facial Balance: By lifting the brows, the overall balance and symmetry of the face can be changed. This can contribute to a harmonious look.
  • Open and Alert Eyes: A Brow Lift can open up the eye area.
  • Customized Approach: Brow Lift surgery is tailored to meet the specific needs and goals of each patient.
  • Minimal Scarring: Depending on the technique your surgeon uses, scars for Brow Lift surgery are typically well-concealed within the hairline or creases of the face.

It’s important to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon. They will discuss your individual goals, expectations, and potential outcomes of brow lift surgery based on your unique facial anatomy and needs.

Successful results from Brow Lift Surgery depend upon

  • What specific outcomes you are wanting to attain
  • Skin Health: the condition of your skin in terms of texture, collagen strength and laxity
  • Overall facial features
  • What other procedures you may have undergone previously

Your surgeon will help you understand which procedure best meets your desires.

Who May Be a Suitable Candidate for Brow Lift / Forehead Lift?

Determining whether you are a suitable candidate for a Brow Lift, involves considering various factors that contribute to the success and safety of the procedure. While a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon is essential for personalized advice, here are some general indications that you might be a suitable candidate for a Brow Lift:

  • Lost skin firmness: Brow Lift may help reshape the brow area.
  • Forehead Wrinkles and Lines: Deep forehead wrinkles, frown lines, and furrows can be addressed through a Brow Lift.
  • Good General Health: Being in overall good health is crucial for any surgical procedure. A Brow Lift candidate should not have significant medical conditions that could pose risks during either surgery or recovery.
  • Realistic Expectations: Having realistic expectations about the outcomes of the procedure is vital.
  • Non-Smoker: Smoking can affect blood circulation and hinder the healing process. Non-smokers generally experience better healing and fewer complications after surgery.
  • Realistic Hairline: The placement of incisions in Brow Lift surgery can depend on the patient’s hairline and desired outcome.
  • No Medical Contradictions: Certain medical conditions or medications might affect your eligibility for surgery. Your surgeon will review your medical history to ensure there are no contradictions.
  • Understanding of the Procedure: its important for candidates to be aware of what surgery entails. This includes the risks and potential complications, as well as the recovery process. You should feel comfortable discussing your concerns and questions with your surgeon.

Brow Lift Procedure Information – Melbourne

Each procedure is customised. In general, an example of one approach your Surgeon MIGHT use includes the following steps; but ask your Surgeon for specific details as all surgeons vary in their approaches to a Brow Lift.

  • Your surgeon may make a series of 10-15mm long incisions either along the hairline or in the hair-covered skin of the scalp to gain access.
  • An endoscope (mini video camera) might then used in conjunction with special instruments to separate the forehead soft tissue and skin from the underlying bone down to the level of the eyebrows.
  • The skin of the forehead and eyebrows is then surgically lifted.
  • After the Brow Lift, the newly relocated skin and tissue is held in place with a series of sutures (stitches) attached to the bone.
  • These stitches and any other techniques eventually dissolve. Alternatively, they may be removed as part of your post-op care.
  • Your surgeon will be able to discuss different options with you.

Brow Lift Surgery Recovery Information (General)

The recovery process after Brow Lift surgery, is a critical phase to ensure optimal healing and the best possible results.

Recovery varies from patient to patient. Below is general information only:

  • Bandages and Dressings: After the surgery, your forehead area will likely be bandaged or dressed to protect the incision sites and control swelling.
  • Pain Management: You might experience some discomfort and pain in the initial days. Your surgeon will prescribe medication to help manage discomfort.
  • Swelling and Bruising: Swelling and bruising are common after surgery, especially around the eyes and forehead. This will gradually subside over the coming weeks.
  • Rest and Elevation: Resting and keeping your head elevated can help reduce swelling. Sleeping with your head elevated can be more comfortable.
  • Limited Activities: Avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting during this period to prevent unnecessary stress on the surgical area.

First Few Weeks

  • Stitches Removal: If your surgeon uses non-dissolvable stitches, they will often remove them at a follow-up appointment within the first week after surgery.
  • Return to Work: Depending on the extent of your surgery and your job requirements, you might be able to return to work after about a week. However, some patients choose to take a bit more time off to ensure a smoother recovery.
  • Gradual Resumption of Activities: You can gradually start resuming light activities, but avoid activities that might strain your forehead area.
  • Swelling and Bruising Subside: Swelling and bruising will continue to reduce during this period.


  • Final Results: While initial swelling will subside within a few weeks, it might take a few months for the final results of your Browlift to become fully apparent.
  • Scarring: Incision scars will continue to heal and fade over time. Following your surgeon’s scar care instructions can help optimize scar healing.
  • Sun Protection: Protect your incisions and skin from sun exposure to prevent hyperpigmentation and minimize scar visibility.
  • Follow-Up Appointments: Regular follow-up appointments with your surgeon will be scheduled to monitor your healing progress and ensure everything is on track.

It’s important to follow your surgeon’s post-operative care instructions diligently. These instructions will guide you on activities to avoid, wound care, pain management, and other aspects crucial for a successful recovery. If you experience any unusual symptoms or have concerns, don’t hesitate to contact your surgeon’s office for guidance. Remember that everyone’s recovery is unique, so your individual recovery timeline may vary.

Cost of Brow Lift Surgery

The cost of surgery in Australia can be influenced by several factors, such as the complexity of the procedure, the surgeon’s fees, the length of hospital stay, and other related expenses.

For accurate and personalized information regarding the cost of your Brow Lift surgery, it is best to schedule a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. During the consultation, they can provide a detailed breakdown of the expenses involved and address any specific concerns you may have.

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This complete guide to Facelift Surgery covers everything you need to know about this procedure, including:

  • Your surgery explained
  • How to assess if you are a good candidate.
  • Planning for your surgery
  • Answers to most frequently asked questions.
  • Before and after gallery
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Dr Craig Rubinstein
Dr Broughton Snell
Dr Stephen Kleid
Dr Gary Kode

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001124843 Dr Craig Rubinstein

Dr Craig Rubinstein is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon based in Hawthorn East, Melbourne. With over 20 years of surgical experience especially in all areas of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, but particularly in breast surgery. These include Breast Augmentation and Breast Reduction as well as Breast Surgery Revision.

Furthermore, he believes that surgical customisation, precision planning and technical expertise help him to provide optimal surgical outcomes for his patients.

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001190266 Dr Broughton Snell

Dr Broughton Snell is a Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. His training in Plastic Surgery took place in Australia and the United States of America (USA).

Dr Snell is a fully qualified specialist plastic surgeon having completed his Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeon MED0001052799 Dr Stephen Kleid

Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Septo-rhinoplasty, Septoplasty, as well as, a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.

Dr Kleid trained at Melbourne University, then completed surgical training at various hospitals including Royal Melbourne, Royal Children’s, The Eye and Ear and St Vincents. He worked as a surgeon at the University of Florida Medical school for further experience.

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001405964 Dr Gary Kode

Dr Gary Kode is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, with experience in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as non-surgical treatments.

Dr Kode is a member of several organisations, including the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), The International Confederation for Plastic and Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, and he holds a Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

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Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.

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