Eyebrow lift, also known as brow lift or forehead surgery, is a cosmetic surgery for achieving a more youthful appearance by raising the eyebrows and reducing frown lines between the eyes and wrinkle lines on the forehead. You will find a rich selection of clinics offering brow lifts in Turkey, particularly in the country’s cultural capital, Istanbul.
Eyebrow Lift procedure
Eyebrow lift surgery usually takes less than two hours and is performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation.
The brow lift can be performed with the classic lift method or the endoscopic lift method. In the former, a coronal incision is made around the hairline which raises the brow without changing the height of the hairline. This method is usually advised for patients with high foreheads.
The endoscopic lift is performed by making smaller incisions in the area of the hairline and securing the tissue in a less invasive manner compared to the classic method. This method leaves less scars and has a shorter recovery period.
Eyebrow lifts are usually sought by patients with aging skin in the brow area.
You should be healthy and ideally a nonsmoker in order to have a brow lift.
Eyebrow Lift Costs
Costs of eyebrow lifts can vary widely according to the surgeon’s experience and the exact type of procedure. Costs of brow lifts in Turkey, along with many other cosmetic procedures, are much lower compared to Europe and the US.
Always inquire about the full price which takes into account not only the price of brow lift surgery, but additional costs such as anesthesia fees, operating room facilities and hospital costs, examinations, second procedure cost if necessary, etc.
During eyebrow lift consultations, the following is discussed: surgical goals; medical history; substances used currently, including medications, supplements, alcohol, drugs and tobacco; current health status; the expected outcome; postoperative care and potential complications.
The forehead region including the upper eyelids is evaluated and marked during the consultation and photographs taken, after which the surgeon recommends an appropriate course of treatment.
It is advised to make full use of the consultation appointment in order to make as informed of a decision as possible. It is important for the success of the procedure to honestly answer to all of the surgeon’s inquiries and openly ask about anything requiring clarification.
Before Eyebrow Lift
The following might be asked of you before having your eyebrow lift surgery:
- Getting tests for medical evaluation
- Abstaining from nicotine
- Abstaining from aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements
- Taking specific medications or adjusting current medication
- Trimming your hair
Postoperative care & recovery
After the eyebrow lift surgery, bandages are placed over the forehead or wrapped around the head. Thin tubes might be placed under the skin for any build-up of excess blood or fluids.
You are instructed on how to handle the bandages and drains and what medication to use for healing. The stiches or staples are removed in a week’s time.
Several months are needed for full recovery, but 10-14 days are needed in most cases to return to normal activities, while the swelling continues to go down and bruising to lighten through several weeks.
No sport or any form of straining should be done for the first few weeks after the brow lift, nor should the treated area be exposed to extreme temperatures by applying heat or ice on it. The head should be kept elevated as much as possible for at least two days after the surgery. The skin surrounding the incisions should always be handled gently without exposure to any abrasive motion.
It is advised to make inquires with your surgeon concerning the period immediately after the eyebrow lift and during recovery. You may have questions about where you will be placed after the surgery, what medications you will be given, and when to arrange an appointment for follow-up care.
The results of brow lifts are noticeable immediately after the surgery, but several months are needed for the swelling to diminish completely.
The results of eyebrow lift surgery are permanent, but dilligent use of sun protection and a healthy lifestyle are recommended in order to preserve the results of the surgery.
In some cases, multiple surgeries are needed for the best results.