What is The Cost of a Brow Lift?
Brow lift in Toronto costs vary depending on your unique needs but typically start at $9,999. The procedure is considered cosmetic and therefore elective, so is not typically covered by insurance; however, we offer special financing options.
Recovery Period Following a Brow Lift
The process of recovery varies depending on what brow lift technique was used: open, endoscopic, or limited incision. Regardless of which route you choose, be sure to set aside 2-3 weeks for a complete recovery.
How Long Does it Take to Perform a Brow Lift?
Brow lift procedures performed by our expert team of surgeons generally last 1 or 2 hours. This can, of course, vary depending on your specific goals and needs, as discussed during your pre-op consultation.
What is a Brow Lift?
Brow lift procedures performed by our expert team of brow lift surgeons generally last 2 hours. This can, of course, vary depending on your specific goals and needs as discussed during your pre-op consultation.
Am I a Good Candidate for Brow Lift?
Sometimes a heavy brow and/or deep forehead creases are hereditary. Whatever the cause, if you feel less attractive due to downward facial sagging, a brow lift may be the appropriate procedure to restore an uplifted, more youthful appearance.
Brow lift candidates generally have a sagging forehead or forehead lines, brows that hang too low or too close to the eyes, and deep vertical furrows between the eyebrows.
If you do not fit the above criteria, there are excellent non-surgical brow lift options available as well, such as a Botox brow lift or dermal fillers. However, brow lift surgery remains the most effective choice for most patients with deep creases or a drooping brow.
Brow Lift Benefits
After brow lift surgery, you’ll notice the following benefits:
Sagging brows which may have previously ‘hooded’ your upper eyelids will be elevated and repositioned for an all-around more alert, youthful appearance.
Reduced lines and wrinkles
Lines and wrinkles, or even deep furrows that commonly develop across the forehead or high on the bridge of the nose, will be reduced, and your skin tightened.
Improved frown lines
The vertical creases that can develop between your eyebrows, also known as frown lines, are often significantly reduced after a brow lift procedure.
An unevenness of the eyebrows is a more prevalent issue than many realize. A brow lift can easily achieve more balanced, symmetrical eyebrows.
Brow Lift Risks & Complications
All surgical procedures carry some risks, and the brow lift is no exception. The team at TPS has years of experience performing brow lifts. Significant complications are uncommon and, in the rare event they occur, are expertly managed.
The risk of bleeding, infection or an adverse reaction to anesthesia is unlikely, but possible. Aside from the fact that most patients experience some temporary numbness of the forehead or scalp post-op, other risks and complications include the following:
- Scarring: Though usually minimal and unnoticeable, it is possible some light scarring may be visible after a brow lift procedure.
- Skin sensitivity: You may experience changes to the sensations of your skin. This may include temporary or permanent numbness on the forehead or top of the scalp.
- Asymmetry of the brows: Although a brow lift usually restores symmetry, in some cases, complications can result in asymmetry, with one or both of the eyebrows appearing too high.
- Hair problems: A brow lift can cause an elevated hairline or hair loss at your incision site. If this doesn’t resolve on its own, it can be treated with scar excision or hair grafting.
Although complications are highly unlikely and typically resolve without incident, further surgery may be required to ensure ideal results in rare cases.
Why The Toronto Plastic Surgeons?
Our team of expert surgeons has extensive experience performing brow lift procedures. As one of Canada’s most acclaimed clinics, we are recognized for our artistry in facial plastic surgery.
Brow Lift for Men in Toronto
A male brow lift is a procedure that restores eyebrow and forehead symmetry. The surgical approach differs from that of a female patient, as the male brow and forehead have different anatomy. There’s a different aesthetic when it comes to defining what constitutes male youth, vitality, masculinity, and attractiveness.
The male forehead tends to be flatter, and the eyebrow is lower and horizontal in shape than the upward arch of a woman’s brow. The male brow should overlie the brow bone, whereas a female eyebrow should rest just above it. Fullness in the lower forehead, called “frontal bossing,” is a standard characteristic.
Dr. Bell pays meticulous attention to the details of the male brow so that results are optimized.
For men with receding hairlines, Dr. Bell can perform a procedure to lower the hair with a “reverse browlift,” moving the hairline forward at the same time. For others, where the brow is just too low and crowds and hoods the upper lids, a male brow lift can be done through five small ports hidden behind the hairline, using a minimally-invasive endoscopic (telescopic) approach.
For men with too low brows but have balding hair and ports that cannot be done from above, the male brow lift can be performed from below using the upper lid blepharoplasty (upper eyelid) hidden incision.
Dr. Bell remodels tissues for all patients to achieve an aesthetically pleasing lift that does not over-tighten the skin or leave a feminized appearance to the upper eyes and forehead.
Brow lift procedures start at $8000 regardless of the techniques used. The price varies according to different factors, including the extent of the surgery and possible combinations with other procedures.
The 1-2 hour procedure is considered cosmetic and elective and therefore is not covered by insurance. However, individual financing options are available for our patients.
Most of the initial swelling and bruising from the treatment will be gone after 7 to 10 days. Patients can expect to see the surgery’s final results after 3-6 months – an ample time frame for scarring to heal and swelling to subside entirely.
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Different Types of Brow Lifts
We offer several different forehead lift techniques. The technique we choose together will depend on your age, facial structure, current eyebrow position, and what we determine is possible to achieve.
Open Brow Lift
During an open brow lift, we make an incision across the forehead, either along the hairline or skin creases. Muscles are softened, and excess fat removed. The remaining skin is pulled down, and the brow stitched into its new position.
Endoscopic Brow Lift
An endoscope is a narrow, hollow instrument with a fibre optic light source and camera. We make tiny incisions on the forehead to apply the endoscope, insert operating tools through the tube, and see inside with the camera. The endoscopic lift is considered a safer option, with lower risks of infection, scarring, numbness and hair loss.
A hybrid of the open brow lift and the endoscopic brow lift, the limited incision approach is a non-endoscopic technique requiring limited incisions—particularly great for reducing forehead wrinkles or frown lines between your eyebrows. Any scars are well hidden along the hairline.
How is a Brow Lift Performed?
There are differences in the way a procedure is performed depending on what technique we opt for. Still, generally, a brow lift is performed by making an incision across the top of the scalp, beginning above the ears and hidden in the hair. Through this incision, we modify or remove the parts of the muscles causing frown lines, remove excess skin, reposition the skin of the forehead, and lift your eyebrows.
We expertly design the incision so it’s inconspicuous once healed. A brow lift is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia.
Preparing for a Brow Lift
During your consultation, we will discuss your brow lift procedure and run through exactly what the surgery will entail.
- We will ask questions regarding your medical and drug history and family health.
- You will be advised to avoid smoking and drinking as well as certain medications (aspirin and anti-inflammatories) before your surgery to ensure optimal results.
- We will also recommend a pre-op diet.
What to Expect Post Brow Lift Surgery
Typically, the outcome of a brow lift is a markedly more youthful and rested appearance in the forehead and upper eyelid region.
Post-op, we will provide you with complete aftercare instructions and recommend our medical grade Home Skin Care regimen to support and optimize your results. We also offer post brow lift FotoFacial treatment packages to help achieve and maintain the best results.
A healthy lifestyle and proper skincare regimen will help maintain your results long term, but wrinkles may eventually reappear due to natural aging.
We carefully monitor your results after an eyebrow lift surgery and will see you again 1-2 days post-op to ensure all is healing as it should. Brow lift surgery recovery involves some temporary swelling and bruising. After it fades, your new and improved look will begin to shine through.
Throughout the recovery period, we are always available to answer questions.
Brow Lift Recovery
The specifics of your brow lift recovery will depend in part what kind of brow lift you’ve undergone, however, generally here’s what to expect, day by day:
Day 1: You’ll return home with a surgical dressing in place. Keep your head elevated and use ice or cold compresses for the moderate bruising and swelling.
Days 2-3: You may experience aching and throbbing as well as some tightness in the forehead and scalp.
Days 4: By day 4, you can follow instructions to remove your dressing, and take a shower. Start cleaning your wound with hydrogen peroxide and apply antibiotic ointment. You’ll wear a special headband at all times except when showering or cleaning incisions. If your brows seem too high, it’s normal—they’ll settle.
Days 10-21: Your surgical staples will be removed, your bruising and swelling will be significantly improved, and you should be able to reduce your headband-wearing to only nights.
Day 21: You will no longer need to clean incisions or apply ointment.
Days 14-35: Your numbness will subside. You may feel tingling sensations across your forehead and scalp as your nerves regrow.
6+ months: Your nerve-related symptoms will have largely resolved. You may have small areas of minor numbness. Your brows will have reached their final position by this period.
Brow Lift FAQ
Is Getting a Brow Lift Painful?
You may experience mild soreness and tightness in your forehead, but this is easily controlled with oral medications. Approximately 10% of patients have headaches for up to 24 hours after a brow lift.
What is Eyebrow Ptosis?
Eyebrow ptosis is the medical term for a drooping eyebrow. It can cause a significant sagging of your upper eyelid skin over your lashes, which can interfere with your vision or appear undesirable. It can occur on one or both sides.
Is There a Minimum Age?
There is no minimum age for a brow lift procedure. Some patients have low brows at an early age, an issue that is often hereditary.
What Is the Most Common Brow Lift Procedure?
The open brow lift, aka the forehead lift, is the most common brow lift procedure, as it sees the most notable results. This approach is characterized by a single continuous incision made behind the brow line from the ear, which can lift the hairline slightly.
Will a Brow Lift Leave Scars?
Like any surgery, very fine scars may remain, but they will be well-hidden within your hairline. The brow lift technique that we choose will be the one most likely to provide the least visible scarring. In most cases, any scarring will fade over a period of 3-6 months.
Can You Move Your Eyebrows After a Brow Lift?
It’s common to experience reduced forehead movement after a brow lift due to post-op swelling. The recovery time required post brow lift varies from person to person, but patients are generally able to resume their normal activities (including moving their eyebrows) after a period of several weeks. Although not common, temporary weakness or paralysis in the brow area occurs 10-15% of the time. In such cases, recovery may take longer–typically 6 weeks to 3 months. Rarely, healing can take up to 6 months. Permanent nerve injuries as the result of a brow lift are extremely rare.
Does a Brow Lift Change Your Eye Shape?
Because the eyes are among the most delicate areas of the body, it is crucial that you go with a qualified surgeon for your brow lift. In order not to risk changing the shape of your eyes, only a minor amount of skin and fat should be removed from the eye area. At Toronto Plastic Surgeons our experts in the field typically do not remove much fat, opting instead to reposition it so the eyes appear fuller and more youthful. Additionally, during your initial consultation, we will explain all the differences between a brow lift and a blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) in order to determine which procedure will best address your goals.
What Is a Mini Brow Lift?
A mini brow lift is a less invasive way to rejuvenate the brow area than a traditional brow lift. A tiny incision is hidden within the hairline, and the muscles are then surgically released to smooth and gently lift the forehead. The effect is one of an elevated brow line and reduced hooding in the upper eyelids. Additionally, a small amount of excess skin is removed near the incision in order to enhance the forehead. Any discomfort or numbness which occurs post-procedure is typically mild and recovery is relatively quick. Those with moderate to severe skin laxity may benefit from the more comprehensive results offered by a full brow lift procedure.
What Are the Different Types of Brow Lifts?
There are several types of brow lifts available, depending on your needs. The incision for a classic or coronal brow lift begins at ear level and travels across the top of the forehead or the hairline to the other ear. The skin of the forehead is then lifted, excess tissue and skin are removed, muscles are realigned, and the eyebrows repositioned. An endoscopic brow lift is less invasive, with a quicker recovery. Small incisions are hidden within the hair, and fiber optic equipment is used to gently release and elevate the tissue of the brows. A scaled-back version of the endoscopic lift, a temporal lift is minimally invasive and can be performed under local anesthesia. It can produce excellent results with minimal downtime.
How Do You Know If You Need a Brow Lift?
To determine whether you could benefit from a brow lift, try this at-home test: look in a mirror without raising your eyebrows. Place the index and middle fingers of both hands halfway between your eyebrows and your hairline. Align one hand vertically with the center of your eyebrow, and the other with the outer corner of your eyebrow. Gently use your fingers to lift your forehead skin toward your scalp. If the crease of your eyelid becomes more prominent as it is lifted and your eyes look more youthful, you may be a brow lift candidate. If your eyelids remain saggy, a blepharoplasty may be preferable. However, as always, the best way to determine your candidacy is to schedule a consultation!
Is a Brow Lift Permanent?
After undergoing brow lift surgery, you can expect your brow and forehead area to appear firmer and less lined. Although the results of a brow lift are considered permanent, the surgery cannot stop the aging process, which means that the normal effects of aging or any significant weight fluctuations which occur after your surgery can affect the longevity of your results. The best way to keep the results of your brow lift optimal and make them last is to maintain a healthy lifestyle and minimize your daily exposure to UV light.
Will a Brow Lift Make My Forehead Smaller?
Larger foreheads can be hereditary, or the result of hair loss. If your forehead appears longer than you would like due to low brows, you may be able to address it with a brow lift, which involves shifting the skin of the eyebrow area to position the brows higher up on the face. For some patients, this process can effectively shorten the forehead area. If your forehead is large for other reasons, forehead reduction surgery may be preferable. This procedure lifts the forehead skin without necessarily raising the brows. If necessary, forehead reduction surgery can be performed in tandem with brow lift surgery for best results.
How Is an Endoscopic Brow Lift Performed?
An endoscopic brow lift is a minimally invasive approach to traditional or classic brow lift surgery. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia. After expertly hiding a series of small incisions in the hair, specialized fiber optic technology is used to gently and carefully release and lift up the tissue in your brow area. Typically, the endoscopic brow lift is known for less bruising and a quicker recovery time than the classic approach.
Are Brow Lifts Safe?
At the hands of a skilled surgeon, brow lift surgery is considered extremely safe. Most of the risks that do exist are cosmetic and easily correctable. These include: asymmetrical results, excess tissue that gets left behind, or results that simply don’t do quite enough in addressing the issue. Brow lifts can also leave visible scars in some cases, however the development of new techniques can effectively minimize any scarring that occurs. Major risks, such as bleeding, infection, or nerve damage are extremely rare. During your consultation, you will have a chance to discuss all possible risks and concerns with your doctor in order to help you make a well-informed decision.