Brow lift

Waterfront Hospital Edinburgh, Scotland

Heavy brows can make us look tired and contribute to the hooding of the outer eyes and upper eyelids.

Our brow position has a subtle effect on how others perceive us. Frowning or deep “worry” lines on the forehead give the impression of seriousness or anger, and a low drooping brow can give a tired or sad appearance.



brow lift edinburgh scotland


Brow lift Edinburgh

    1 hour
    Walk in walkout
    1 week off work, 4 weeks before strenuous exercise

What the procedure involves

The direct brow lift is a refined cosmetic procedure favoured for its precision and the tailored results it provides. At Waterfront Private Hospital, we have perfected this procedure to ensure it is effective and convenient for our patients. Here’s a closer look at what you can expect:

Walk-In, Walk-Out Procedure

One of the significant advantages of the direct brow lift is its minimally invasive nature, allowing it to be classified as a “walk-in, walk-out” procedure. This means patients can come to our waterfront facility, undergo the procedure, and return home the same day. It’s ideal for those seeking significant aesthetic improvement without the downtime associated with more invasive surgeries.

Local Anaesthesia

The direct brow lift is performed under local anaesthesia to ensure comfort and safety. This approach numbs the forehead area, allowing patients to remain awake without feeling any pain during the procedure. Local anaesthesia also reduces the risks associated with general anaesthesia and facilitates a quicker recovery, making it a preferred option for many of our patients.

The Procedure Explained

The process begins with a detailed consultation, where our surgeons discuss your aesthetic goals and assess your facial structure to determine the optimal lift and shape for your brows. On the day of the procedure:

  1. Preparation: The forehead and brow area are cleaned, and local anaesthesia is applied to numb the region.
  2. Incision: A precise incision is made directly above each eyebrow, hidden within the natural contours or hair of the brow to minimize visible scarring.
  3. Lifting: Excess skin and possibly a small amount of muscle are removed, and the eyebrows are lifted to their new, more aesthetically pleasing position.
  4. Closure: The incisions are then carefully closed with sutures, which are typically removed after a week or so, depending on the patient’s healing progress.

The entire procedure takes around 1 hour, depending on the patient’s specific requirements.

Benefits and expected outcomes

Undergoing a brow lift at Waterfront Private Hospital offers numerous benefits, including:

  • reducing forehead creases
  • repositioning low or sagging brows
  • mitigating the appearance of upper eyelid hooding
  • a more open, alert, youthful eye area
  • enhanced overall facial aesthetics

The direct brow lift, in particular, allows for targeted adjustments, resulting in a subtle yet impactful rejuvenation.

Ideal Candidates

Ideal candidates for a brow lift are individuals experiencing:

  • forehead wrinkles
  • sagging eyebrows
  • eyelid hooding
  • patients wanting to refresh their appearance

Candidates should have good overall health and realistic expectations about the procedure’s outcomes. A consultation with our cosmetic surgeons can help determine if a brow lift suits you, considering your aesthetic goals and any specific facial characteristics.

Risks and considerations

While the direct brow lift procedure at Waterfront Private Hospital is designed to be minimally invasive and safe, as with any surgical intervention, there are inherent risks and considerations that patients should be aware of. Our commitment to patient education ensures you are fully informed about all aspects of the procedure, including potential risks, allowing you to make a confident decision about your care.

Specific Risks Associated with Direct Brow Lift

  • Scarring: Although the incisions for a direct brow lift are strategically placed to minimize visibility, typically along or just above the eyebrow, there is a risk of scarring. The extent and visibility of scarring can vary based on individual healing characteristics, but our surgeons employ advanced techniques to ensure scars are as inconspicuous as possible.
  • Asymmetry: There is a risk that the eyebrows may not be perfectly symmetrical post-surgery. However, our experienced surgeons take meticulous measurements and use precise techniques to minimize this risk, aiming for a balanced and natural-looking outcome.
  • Changes in Sensation: Some patients may experience temporary numbness or changes in skin sensation around the incision sites. These sensations usually improve over time, but they could be long-lasting in rare cases.
  • Infection: As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of infection. However, our hospital follows strict sterilization protocols, and patients are provided with comprehensive aftercare instructions to minimize this risk.
  • Bleeding/Seroma: The accumulation of blood or fluid under the skin, known as haematoma or seroma, can occur, though rare. Our medical team promptly addresses such issues to prevent complications.

Aftercare and recovery

Post-procedure care is crucial for a smooth recovery and optimal results. Recovery time varies among patients, but most can expect to return to normal activities within two weeks. We provide comprehensive aftercare instructions and support throughout recovery, including follow-up appointments and advice on managing discomfort. Our dedicated team is always available to answer questions and assist with your recovery.

Aftercare and recovery

Frequently asked questions about brow lift surgery

What exactly is a direct brow lift?

A direct brow lift is a cosmetic procedure designed to elevate the position of the eyebrows. It involves making incisions directly above the eyebrows to remove excess skin and lift the brows to a more youthful position.

How much does a direct brow lift cost?

The cost of surgery under local anaesthesia at our hospital is £3800

How soon will I see the results of my brow lift?

You will see the results instantly, and your brow will initially be over-corrected as it will drop slightly with time. The final result should be judged at 6 months.

Can the procedure change my facial expression?

The procedure aims to enhance your appearance while maintaining your natural facial expressions. However, lifting sagging brows can reduce the appearance of a constantly tired or angry expression.

Is it possible to combine a direct brow lift with other facial procedures?

Combining a direct brow lift with other procedures, such as eyelid surgery or facelifts, is common for a more comprehensive rejuvenation.

Will I be able to wear makeup after my brow lift?

You can resume wearing makeup once the incisions have sufficiently healed, typically a few weeks post-procedure. Your surgeon will advise you on the exact timing.

How does direct brow lift differ from other brow lift techniques?

The direct brow lift involves incisions directly above the eyebrows, offering precise control over the lift and minimal disruption to surrounding tissues. This contrasts with other techniques involving incisions behind the hairline or along the upper eyelids.

What happens if I’m not satisfied with the results?

While satisfaction rates are high, we are committed to our patients’ happiness. If you have concerns about your results, we encourage you to discuss them with us. Revision procedures can be considered to address any issues.

Can a direct brow lift help with vision problems caused by sagging eyebrows?

Yes, a direct brow lift can help improve peripheral vision for some patients by lifting sagging brows that may contribute to visual obstruction.

Are there any non-surgical alternatives to a direct brow lift?

Non-surgical options like Botox can temporarily elevate the brows and reduce forehead wrinkles. However, these treatments do not provide the same lasting results as a surgical brow lift.

How do I know if I’m a good candidate for a direct brow lift?

Ideal candidates are those experiencing sagging brows or forehead wrinkles who wish for a more youthful appearance. A consultation with our surgeons will help determine if this procedure is right for you based on your aesthetic goals and overall health.

What makes Waterfront Private Hospital a preferred choice for a direct brow lift?

Our experienced surgeons, state-of-the-art facilities, and commitment to patient care and safety make us a top choice for those seeking cosmetic enhancements. We offer personalised treatments designed to achieve natural-looking results.

For more detailed information or to address any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact Waterfront Private Hospital. Our team is here to guide you through every step of the process, ensuring your experience is as comfortable and rewarding as possible.

Excellent care

Everyone I met at Waterfront Private Hospital was friendly, helpful and thorough, and went the extra mile, including the whole medical and admin teams which were fantastic.
Mr Will Anderson carried out my surgery with great care and professionalism and listened carefully to, and addressed, all of my concerns. Thank you!
I’ve also had excellent communication with Debbie and Janey in emails and phone calls, sometimes over weekends/on days off.
The standard of care has been superb and I would return without hesitation.
My thanks to the whole team.

Dec 2023

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