The surgery itself is carried out as a day case under Total Intravenous Anaesthesia (T.I.V.A.), which is a very light and predictable anaesthetic. You wake up feeling alert and ready to go home. The main risk of surgery is the swelling and bruising around the eyes after surgery, which will take a week or two to settle. In addition, you may feel a lump under the scalp, where the forehead is fixed. Inevitably, small nerves to the scalp are cut and numbness often persists. Long-term pain from a cut nerve (neuroma) is rare. Removing muscle from between the eyebrows to reduce deep furrows can leave a depression, but is much less common with an experienced surgeon.
There will be a tendency for the forehead to gradually continue its descent and repeat browlifts are not uncommon.
It may seem that all these consequences of a browlift and the relative size of the procedure make it less attractive. This is particularly so, because the alternatives of a combination of Botox, fillers and fat grafting have become so effective. The need for a browlift surgery is very much reduced.