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Like any cosmetic procedure, a brow lift is something that requires a lot of research beforehand in order to avoid any complications or botched surgery. From choosing the right practitioner, to ensuring you’re prepared for recovery; we’ve put together an informative guide to take you through everything you need to know before undergoing a brow lift.

Choosing a Reputable Cosmetic Surgeon

If you’re considering a brow lift, or any other cosmetic procedure, it’s incredibly important that you do your research and find a reputable cosmetic surgeon that you can trust. When doing so, you should think about the following steps:

  • Be clear about what you want and be realistic about your expectations from the procedure
  • Get recommendations from other medical professionals such as your GP
  • Check for the surgeon’s qualifications
  • Be prepared to pay and don’t forget about consultations and other involved costs
  • Get the answers you need from your initial consultation so you know everything from the very beginning

For further details about finding a safe and reliable cosmetic surgeon, check out our resource page here.

What is Brow Lift Surgery?

Before considering the procedure, you need to know what the surgery actually involves. Brow lift surgery consists of excess skin and soft tissue being removed from the forehead area in order to eliminate wrinkles and tighten and smooth the skin.

How long does brow lift surgery take?

The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and typically takes up to two hours.

What different types of brow lift surgery are there?

There are many different types of brow lift surgery but the three most common include the temporal lift, the endoscopic forehead lift and the forehead lift.

The Cost of a Brow Lift

One of the initial things you need to consider before undergoing a brow lift, is the cost involved. Is this something you can afford and want to spend money on? Is it realistically achievable and something you really want or need? Where is the best surgeon based and what are their prices?

How much does a brow lift cost?

The average price of a brow lift in the UK starts from £6,300

Not only do you need to be aware of the price of a brow lift, you should also remember there may be travel costs, consultation fees and follow up appointments that you will need to account for. All in all, cosmetic procedures can be costly, so it’s important to be realistic about this.

Alternatives to Brow Lift Surgery

While you may feel like you need or want a surgical brow lift, there are also other less-invasive options to consider that may be more beneficial for you. For example, you can achieve similar results by opting for Botox. This works by relaxing the muscles directly between the brows, allowing the upper forehead muscles to pull the eyebrows into their original place, while smoothing the skin. Not only is this more affordable, it is less painful, requires less recovery time and can be an all round safer option.

To read more about Botox and the different options you can choose from, read our guide here.

You may also be able to find skincare products that have great results and firm the skin, preventing the need of any surgery or cosmetic procedure at all. This is definitely worth looking into beforehand, particularly if you only need a slight lift.

The Risks Involved with a Brow Lift

As with any cosmetic surgery, there are many risks involved and have been cases of brow lifts gone wrong in the past. You need to ensure you have not only done the relevant research before the procedure, but that you have also asked your surgeon questions so you’re as prepared as possible and aware of any potential risks.

What are the risks of brow lift surgery?

Some of the risks involved with a brow lift can include:

  • Reaction to anaesthesia
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Skin contour irregularities
  • Skin discolouration
  • Elevated hairline
  • Facial nerve injury
  • Paralysis or weakness
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Skin loss
  • Changes to skin sensation
  • Asymmetry in the position of the brows
  • Loss of hair around the incisions

All of these potential risks should be clearly explained to you by your surgeon in your initial consultation.

Post-Brow Lift Surgery

A crucial thing to consider about any surgical or cosmetic procedure is the recovery. When you have a brow lift, there are many factors that you must be aware of including:

  • You’re likely to have bruising around your forehead and should therefore avoid any vigorous activity if possible
  • During the first few weeks of recovery, your eyelids may be unable to close fully leading to dry and irritated eyes
  • Headaches are common for the first few days post-surgery
  • The positioning of your eyebrows straight after the surgery will likely be higher than you had expected - this should correct over time

How long does it take to recover from brow lift surgery?

Depending on the type of brow lift surgery you’ve had, you should be able to return to work after seven to ten days. You should look and feel better ten days after the surgery.

If you have had a brow lift that has gone wrong, our solicitors can help you. Read more about making a brow lift claim here.

Get in touch

If you have suffered from a brow lift gone wrong, you may be entitled to compensation. Get in touch today to see how we can help you make a claim. Call 0808 252 7177 or request a callback by completing our contact form.

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