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Brow Lift Procedure

Raise the position of the eyebrow and make the eyes look more open. Can be done using short scars (endoscopic) or traditional (coronal). Other variants possible (direct, temporal, hairline).

Brow Lift Time

The Brow lift is done as a day procedure under general anaesthetic or twilight sedation.  The surgery generally takes around 1-2 hours.

Brow Lift Side Effects

Traditional method: Possible itching and hair loss. After the operation swelling and bruising are common and will take time to settle (7-10 days).

Brow Lift Risks

Injury to facial nerve, causing loss of motion, muscle weakness, or asymmetrical look. Infection. Broad or excessive scarring.

Brow Lift Recovery

Back to work: 7 to 10 days, usually sooner for endoscopic forehead lift. More strenuous activity: several weeks. Full recovery from bruising: 2 to 3 weeks. Limit sun exposure for several months.


How long the procedure lasts varies between individuals but you should get a number of years out of a brow lift. Patients will generally see results lasting around 5 to 10 years.

We strive to individualise treatments to suit each patient’s requirements.

What is a brow lift?

Sagging of the brow and eyebrow can contribute to a tired, ageing look. Using specifically designed techniques, small incisions can be made to restore hooding of the upper eyelid or sagging of your eyebrows.

Brow lift techniques

Brow lift surgery can be performed using several different techniques, depending on the patient’s individual requirements. There are 2 commonly used brow lift techniques, including:

The traditional coronal brow lift

The traditional brow lift procedure involves an incision made behind the hairline across the top of the head from temple to temple. The forehead skin is lifted from the underlying tissue and tightened along with the muscle using sutures under the skin. The incision is then closed with stitches. Surgery typically takes around 1—2 hours.

Endoscopic brow lift

Instead of one long incision, the endoscopic approach to lifting the brow involves 3—5 short incisions above the hairline, each about 2cm long. An endoscope, a thin instrument with a tiny camera at one end, is passed through an incision and positioned near the brow. From there, surgical instruments are inserted through another incision to allow the tissue and muscle beneath the skin to be repositioned.

Temporal brow lift

Depending on the individual requirements, the brow can be elevated by an “in-hair” incision over the temple. This brow lift technique is specifically designed to reposition only the eyebrow with small incisions above the eyebrow. The skin and underlying tissue are both tightened and repositioned.

Brow Lift Scars

As in all surgery a scar is inevitable but these can be placed so as to make them largely inconspicuous and readily disguised.

Who is a candidate for a brow lift?

Often the brow and forehead area can show the first signs of facial ageing. Deep creases across the forehead and between the eyebrows can become evident, even when the face remains in a static position.

Both men and women with low or sagging brows, creases and wrinkles around the upper face area are eligible for brow lift surgery.

Brow lift cost

At Cosmedic & Skin Clinic on the Gold Coast, brow lift surgery starts from $4235. A more precise cost will be determined during your initial consultation with Dr John Flynn. Cost for a brow lift will be based on your individual requirements and desired outcome.

Brow lift complications

Nerve injury is uncommon but may occur and could affect the movement pattern of the eyebrow.  Infection is very uncommon, but if it does occur it can be potentially serious and requires prompt attention and antibiotics.

It is important to discuss all the risks and complications during your consultation.

Brow Lift Surgery in the Gold Coast

To find out more information about our brow lift surgery on the Gold Coast or to book in a consultation, please contact us today.

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Brow Lift FAQs


How well the procedure lasts varies between individuals. Typically results will last between 5—10 years.


Surgical gauze will be placed over the closed incision and an elastic bandage may be wrapped over the area to reduce swelling for the first few days. Most patients can resume everyday activities within a week, although rigorous activity should be avoided for several weeks. Bruising and swelling typically subsides after 2—3 weeks. Numbness of the scalp is normal and should be expected. Returning to work in 1—2 weeks is advised.


The final result of a brow lift will become apparent at the 2-month mark post surgery. Remember also that results vary from patient to patient.


Brow lifts are not designed to remove all forehead wrinkles although they may reduce wrinkles.  They are designed to reposition the eyebrow. To address other age-related concerns, a brow lift is often combined with a facelift or blepharoplasty to provide a harmonious rejuvenation.

New techniques in thread lifting have also been applied with some success in brow lifting.