York Plastic Surgery is one of the regions leading Plastic Surgery clinics, providing cosmetic and reconstructive surgery for your face and neck including browlift, facelift, neck lift, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), lipofilling (fat transfer), nose reshaping (rhinoplasty), ear reshaping and set back (pinnaplasty) and facial palsy reconstruction.

All our cosmetic surgery is performed by Consultant Plastic Surgeon Chris Dunkin who has more than 10 years clinical experience delivering high quality, high value, clinical solutions to both men and women of all ages.

All your care is provided by Mr Dunkin and his team at The Nuffield Health York Hospital, York's premier private hospital. So you can rest assured you will receive the best quality of care and a level of service that is second to none.

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What is a browlift?

Browlift is an operation that raises the eyebrows, placing them back in a more youthful position. This has the effect of opening up your eyes, giving them a brighter, more youthful look. The two main types of browlift are open or endoscopic (keyhole). There are other types for specific problems.

Am I a good candidate for browlift?

As the years go by, the eyebrows move down onto the upper eyelid giving a tired, age-worn look. Repeated action of the forehead muscles produce lines and creases in the skin, resulting in a sad or even angry or aggressive appearance. Browlift can help improve these problems. 

What are the benefits of browlift?

Browlift raises the eyebrows to a more youthful position, giving your eyes a brighter, more open look. The forehead muscles that produce lines and creases are addressed at the same time.

What does browlift involve?

  • Browlift is performed with you asleep (general anaesthetic) with 1–2 nights stay. Browlift addresses two elements in the forehead – brow position and ‘frown muscles’. It can be done open or using a keyhole approach. Open browlift involves making a cut across the top of the head behind the hairline. This is the original way to lift a brow and is still the best way for some people.
  • Endoscopic browlift is the modern approach and involves lifting the forehead via 3–5 small incisions behind the hairline, using an endoscope (surgical telescope and camera). This is our preferred technique for browlift but is not appropriate for everyone.
  • Temporal lift or mini-browlift is useful for lifting the outer art of the eyebrow in some people and is done via a short incision in the hair over the temple.
  • Simple browlift or open browlift is often done in older people in whom the scar is well hidden and in people with facial palsy.
  • Browlift can be done at the same time as upper blepharoplasty to improve the eyes and brow and with a facelift for total facial rejuvenation.

What happens after my browlift?

Simple brow lift can be done with you awake (local anaesthetic) as a day-case procedure.
A general anaesthetic is required for open and endoscopic browlift. When you wake…

When you wake after surgery you with have a drip and pain relief. A bandage keeps dressings in place and a drains may be used to stop fluid building up (as a safety valve). These are usually removed the next morning before you go home. Swelling and bruising are common for the first week and gradually settle down. An extra pillow in bed and cool packs reduce swelling and bruising. We will arrange to see you in clinic to review your progress.

What are the downsides to browlift?

There is no such thing as risk-free surgery and browlift is no different. There is a small risk of bleeding, infection, slow healing, poor scars, asymmetry, recurrence of brow ptosis. Numbness, itching and funny sensations (paraesthesia) are common after browlift and usually resolve. Hair loss around the scars is unusual. Forehead muscles can ‘go on strike’ after browlift but his usually resolves. Finally, any procedure around the eyes can result in blindness. This is extremely rare (about 1:250000) and is heralded by severe pain and problems with your vision. We will talk to you about these in detail. If you have any concerns after your operation you should telephone the Nuffield and we will see you.

Are there any alternatives to browlift?

Botulinum toxin (Botox) is good for treating creases around the eyes and forehead but will not lift the forehead or brows 'in the long term'. LASER resurfacing or chemical peels are used for fine creases. Excess skin of the upper eyelid can be treated by blepharoplasty.

Paying for treatment

We offer Consultant delivered state-of-the-art cosmetic surgery procedures at The Nuffield Health Hospital in York and paying for your treatment couldn’t be simpler.

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What do I do now?

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