Your brows and upper face help communicate much of your emotion, and unfortunately are also one of the earliest signs of facial ageing. A youthful brow sits just above the upper edge of the eye socket, with the outer part of the brow slightly higher than the inner. Ageing results in the outer part of the brow sagging, giving a tired or worried appearance.
A lateral browlift aims to elevate the outer part of the eyebrow to improve eyebrow drooping and eyebrow contour, while also helping remove wrinkling in the temple area beside the eyebrow.
You may be a candidate for browlift surgery if:
Your eyebrows have lowered over time.
You have wrinkles or extra skin in outer part of your forehead.
Dr Colbert performs a browlift through an incision in the temple, called a lateral browlift. Through this incision the tissues around the eyebrow are loosened, allowing it to be elevated in place with sutures. The skin incision is meticulously closed with fine sutures.
This procedure is usually performed under general anaesthesia (with you asleep), and as a day surgery, meaning you don’t have to stay in hospital overnight. It can be performed in combination with other procedures such as blepharoplasty, or it can be performed on its own.
A lateral browlift is a procedure that allows you to recover quickly.
The incisions are hidden in the hair and dressed with an ointment.
Pain is minimal and managed well with simple analgesia.
Bruising and swelling is mild and improves over the first week.
Sutures are removed at 14 days.
The scar from a lateral brow lift is hidden within the hair of the temple and normally heals uneventfully.
A browlift is associated with the following risks:
Infection: infection is uncommon and if occurs is treated with oral antibiotics.
Bleeding and bruising: bleeding can result in a collection of a blood called a haematoma, which needs to be removed in the operating room.
Irregularities or asymmetries: sometimes there may be slight asymmetries that are due to postoperative swelling and will improve with time.
Temporary or permanent nerve damage: nerves in the area may be temporarily stretched, resulting in numbness or brow weakness. In the worst case scenario this can be permanent, but this is very very rare.
A browlift is like any surgical procedures in that it carries risks - therefore before having any operation you should always speak to an appropriately qualified health practitioner about these potential risks.
Costs associated with plastic surgery can be confusing. To help make things clearer we have listed the the following fees that make up the final cost.
Surgical fee: Medicare will partly pay for some surgical procedures that are itemised by the government, however depending on the nature of your operation there will be some out of pocket expenses. Dr Colbert will discuss these costs with you during your consultation.
Anaesthetic fee: Medicare covers most of the anaesthetic fee, except in the case of some cosmetic operations.
Hospital fee (this includes operation room fee, bed costs, surgical or medication fees, and any other hospital extras): Medicare does not cover this fee. If you have private health insurance then this may be covered by your insurance fund, but you should check with your fund if there is any out of pocket expenses. If you have no private insurance then you will have to pay this fee on discharge from the hospital.