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What is a Brow Lift?

A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift or forehead rejuvenation, is a cosmetic procedure to raise the brows. A brow lift improves the appearance of the forehead, the brow and the area around the eyes by raising the soft tissue and skin of the forehead and brow.

You might choose to have a brow lift if you have a low, sagging brow or brow asymmetry. This commonly occurs during the ageing process.

A brow lift is commonly combined with other rejuvenating facial procedures, such as eyelid surgery or a face-lift.

Who is suitable for a Brow Lift?

Anyone with the following characteristics is suitable for a brow lift:

  • Sagging brow 
  • Drooping eye brows 
  • Loose elastic skin in the brow and forehead area 
  • Fine brow lines and forehead wrinkles 
  • Asymmetrical brow region 

Typically patients who are most suitable for a surgical brow lift are between the ages of 40 and 60 years old, and with good skin elasticity. Non surgical alternatives may be more suitable for those in younger age brackets.

What are the benefits of a Brow Lift?

Both surgical and non-surgical treatments aim to:

  • Rejuvenate the facial area 
  • Smooth and tighten forehead skin
  • Lift sagging brow
  • Raise eyebrows to restore refreshed appearance
  • Restore symmetry

What are the surgical techniques for a Brow Lift?

There are three common surgical techniques for a Brow Lift:

  • Endoscopic Brow Lift – incisions are made behind the hairline and a thin camera (endoscope) is used to view your underlying muscles and tissues. Using an instrument inserted through another incision, your forehead tissues are lifted and anchored in an elevated location 
  • Coronal Brow lift - an incision is made behind the hairline across the top of the head, from ear to ear. The skin tissue is then lifted to an elevated position, and any excess tissue excised 
  • Hairline brow lift - an incision is made between the top of the forehead and the beginning of the hairline. Skin and tissue is removed from the top of the forehead to ensure the hairline is not pulled back (i.e. often used for those with a receding hairline)

Brow Lift surgery is often combined with eyelid reduction [LINK] surgery and fat grafting, or lipofilling. Fat grafting lifts and adds volume to the brow and the temple, providing a an enhanced permanent structure to support the forehead skin.

What are the non -surgical techniques for a Brow Lift?

The two popular non surgical techniques are:

  • Injectables to reduces the lines and wrinkles, and reduce the pull of muscles bringing the eyebrow downwards. Fillers can be used to plump out areas and provide additional volume 
  • Enerjet high energy therapy - delivers kinetic energy and a healing compound to a controlled depth in the brow to stimulate collagen production and thicken the dermis, as well as correct surface skin imperfections 


A surgical brow lifts starts from £4,950. Non surgical alternatives start from £700

Frequently Asked Questions

The skin and soft tissues of the face descend with age. It is, however, delayed where it is fixed to the deeper tissues around the eyes, ear, nose and mouth, giving the familiar droopiness and folds. Descent of the eyebrows has a further consequence in that skin builds up below the eye itself. The eyelids develop loose skin on their own, but in addition, they become bunched up by the lower brow.

Anyone with the following characteristics is suitable for a brow lift:

+ Sagging brow
+ Drooping eye brows
+ Loose elastic skin in the brow, eye and forehead area
+ Fine brow lines and forehead wrinkles
+ Asymmetrical brow region

Typically patients who are most suitable for a surgical brow lift are between the ages of 40 and 60 years old, and with good skin elasticity. Non surgical alternatives may be more suitable for those in younger age brackets.

Whether your treatment is surgical or non surgical, you will be treated by a specialist aesthetic plastic or oculoplastic surgeon.

No special preparation is required although it is generally advisable to do the following before any surgery

+ Stop smoking. Smoking decreases blood flow in the skin and can slow the healing process. If you smoke, your doctor will recommend that you stop smoking before surgery and during recovery.
+ Avoid certain medications. You'll likely need to avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements, which can increase bleeding.
+ Arrange for help during recovery. Make plans for someone to drive you home after you leave the hospital and stay with you for at least the first night of your recovery at home.

This will depend on what treatment you opt for. Surgery provides a long lasting result which will only reverse with the ongoing action of ageing.

Injectables are a temporary solution, and are not permanent.

Enerjet delivers long lasting, albeit non-permanent results.

For non surgical Brow Lift treatments you will be able to immediately resume your daily activities with no downtime.

For surgical Brow Lift treatments you will need to spend several days recovering at home, and up to two weeks off work. We recommend you do not take strenuous exercise for 4 -6 weeks, with results first fully observable from this point forward.

Risks are rare but as with any surgery there are some possible complications:

+ Scarring
+ Changes in skin sensation - temporary or permanent numbness on the forehead or top of the scal.
+ Asymmetry in the position of the brows
+ Hair problems – an elevated hairline or hair loss at the incision site

Like any other type of major surgery, a brow lift also poses risk of bleeding, infection and an adverse reaction to anaesthesia.

What to expect

Free Consultation with a Patient Advisor

We offer a free, no-obligation 30-60 minute consultation with one of our Patient Advisors. They will work with you to understand your objectives and the results you want to achieve, talk you through the procedure and answer any questions you may have. If you decide that you would like to proceed to the next step and see a surgeon, your Patient Advisor will be happy to arrange this for you. At this point, you will be required to pay a consultation fee. 

Surgical Consultation

Once you’ve booked your consultation, the next step will be for you to meet your chosen surgeon at the Cadogan Clinic. Your surgeon will use this time to make a comprehensive medical assessment of you, your condition, and your expectations before making a recommendation and personalised treatment plan for you. You will then discuss the outcomes you can expect to see and ask any questions

The Procedure

On the day of your procedure you will be welcomed at the Cadogan Clinic by your Patient Advisor and dedicated nursing staff. Following a brief medical check, you will meet with both your surgeon and anaesthetist to run through the details of your procedure one final time and answer any last questions you may have.  


After the procedure, you will recover in the capable hands of our aftercare team. As we are a day-case facility you can expect your recovery to be complete within 2 to 3 hours. If your surgeon is happy with your results, you will be able to be discharged from the Clinic the very same day. In some cases patients may wish to stay locally in our exclusive partner hotel the day before or after your procedure in order to be close to their surgeon. Talk to us about these options if this is for you. 

After Care & Support

Our care and support continues in the days and weeks following your procedure with our complimentary aftercare programme. This comprised of a series of appointments made with your surgeon and nursing team to monitor your progress and recovery. They will also introduce you to several scar minimization techniques and bespoke products to aid your progress. Our team are also on call to answer any questions you have around your surgery at any time you are concerned.


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