Both men and women find that, as they age, their brows have a tendency to droop and furrow. This sagging can be upsetting as it not only has an ageing effect, but it can impact the overall appearance of the face; where once your face appeared open and your eyes emphasised and bright, a fallen brow gives the impression of tiredness and even sadness, no matter how good you feel inside. This is called the hood effect.

If you want to look younger, brighter, or less severe, then this procedure could be right for you. Brow lifts are not always a purely cosmetic procedure, in extreme cases, people can find their vision obscured by a sagging, hooded brow, which can be corrected with brow lift surgery.

The brow lift surgery

Brow lifts are performed under general anaesthetic, and will vary in terms of duration depending on the type of lift you and your surgeon agree is most appropriate for you – an open or an endoscopic brow lift. This will be decided during a consultation; your surgeon will take your facial structure, skin type, hairline and the quality of your skin into consideration.

During an endoscopic brow lift, the surgeon will insert a tiny camera and instruments through various incisions on the scalp. The layer of muscles and other tissue under the skin is separated from the bone, repositioned and fixed in place.

During an open brow lift, your surgeon will make one incision along the hairline (or in a forehead crease for those who are bald or have a receding hairline) and will then lift the skin away from the face to reposition on muscles and other tissue, removing any excess skin if necessary.

In both cases, the operation should take no longer than two hours but would normally need to stay overnight in hospital.

Recovery from brow lift surgery

It is advisable to take one or two weeks off from work. During this time you should wash your skin every day, taking care to be gentle with your stitches and to dry them thoroughly. For the week following your brow lift, it is preferable to sleep sitting up to reduce swelling, which some people find a little tricky at first. The scarring associated with brow lift procedures is often minimal, hidden by the hairline or forehead creases, and it usually fades and softens after a few months.


General anaesthetic – from £6,500

This treatment is offered by our surgical cosmetic clinic, Bristol Plastic Surgery. You can read more about brow lift surgery on their website.