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Due to the effects of gravity and loss of elasticity in the skin, the brows begin moving downwards and reducing the space above the upper eyelids. Along with upper eyelid hooding, this can also give the eyes a heavy, tired appearance.

A brow lift, also known as a lateral temporal lift, is a popular surgical solution to drooping brows. By lifting the brows, Dr Jeremy Richardson lifts and tightens the skin in order to produce a more vibrant, youthful look.

What is a Brow Lift?

Heavy eyebrows and wrinkles are a common concern for both men and women, and topical treatments can only do so much to reduce signs of ageing. By having a surgical brow lift, patients can achieve anti-ageing results suited to their needs and preferences. During a brow lift, Dr Richardson removes excess skin and tissue in order to liven the eyes and tighten the skin. This process achieves a number of benefits, depending on the patient’s reasons for seeking surgery:

  • Raises the outer portion of the brow
  • Reduces lines and creases in the brow and forehead
  • Creates a more shapely brow arch
  • Reduces hooding around the upper eyes
  • Gives the eyes a natural, “open” appearance
  • Smooths wrinkles at the corners of the eyes (known as “crow’s feet”)

A lateral temporal lift is different from a traditional brow lift. Rather than raising the central forehead, it lifts the brows at the outer corners to create a more classic arched brow look. Due to the small incision, the procedure is also considered less invasive.

What to Expect During Your Consultation

Before your surgery, we will need to discuss your needs and goals for the procedure. This will help us decide if you are a good candidate and tailor the procedure to your specific case. Generally, good candidates have a noticeable degree of skin sagging or wrinkling around the brows and eyes. Although it is minimally invasive, the procedure may not be suitable for everyone. Your suitability can depend on how much loose skin you have, the shape of your brows, as well as your preferred look.

During your consultation, Dr Richardson will inquire about your medical history, medications, as well as your current health. He will explain the procedure in detail so that you know what to expect from your brow lift surgery.

The Procedure

This procedure can be performed under a local or general anaesthetic. Not all types of brow lifts are suitable for local anaesthetic. The most appropriate type of anaesthetic for you will be discussed at your consultation.

Unlike other brow lifts, the surgery specifically targets the outer third portion of the brow. By targeting this area, Dr Richardson is able to lift and reshape a more ideal brow arch, as well as tighten the skin at the eye corners.

During the procedure, Dr Richardson will make incisions at the temples, either at or behind the hairline. You can discuss which surgical method is best for your case during the consultation. After making the incisions, the skin and tissue will be manipulated to create a more youthful brow shape. Dr Richardson will then trim the excess skin and close the incisions carefully to make sure scars are minimised.

Cost of a Brow Lift

The cost of a brow lift can vary between patients, depending on the details of their surgery. Since every surgery is tailored to the patient, we must take a number of things into account, such as the duration and extent of the procedure. We also need to consider the anaesthetist fees, hospital fees and other related costs such as medications and aftercare. If you have further questions about fees, we will address these during your first appointment.

Your Personal Consultation

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Your personal consultation is the first step to finding the right procedure for you. Dr Jeremy Richardson is a highly skilled Specialist Plastic Surgeon, dedicated to providing quality results and a positive patient experience.

Book your appointment to
  • Discuss your physical concerns and goals
  • Receive an outline of your surgical options
  • Get quality advice from a Specialist Plastic Surgeon
  • Receive a customised treatment plan
  • Meet Dr Richardson’s Patient Coordinator and team who will support you through your journey


After your procedure, you may have some pain and discomfort, but with proper care, these mild side effects should fade quickly. We can prescribe pain medication to help you manage this first stage of recovery.

Aftercare is important following any surgery. In order to optimise your recovery, you will be given instructions on how to care for your operated site at home. For example, you should minimise your activity levels, especially in the first week after surgery. Other instructions may include:

  • Rest with your head elevated
  • Avoid putting pressure on your incisions
  • Apply cold compresses to reduce swelling
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Refrain from smoking
  • Avoid exercise and heavy lifting

There are certain things you can expect during recovery, such as:

  • Some initial pain, discomfort, and a feeling of tightness in the forehead
  • Return to work and other light activities after one to two weeks
  • Pain and swelling largely reduced after one week
  • Resume a normal exercise routine after six weeks
  • You may begin to see the final results after four to six weeks

Risks and Complications

Risks are minimised when you choose a qualified and experienced surgeon such as Dr Richardson to perform your surgery. However, every procedure comes with some amount of risk. Therefore, it is necessary to be aware of the potential risks of brow lift surgery before you proceed, as this will help you weigh the risks and make a confident decision. Risks can include:

  • Reactions to anaesthesia
  • Bleeding and infection
  • Unwanted results
  • Asymmetry
  • Damage to underlying tissues
  • Lasting pain or swelling
  • Large or visible scarring
  • Further surgery

Brow Lift FAQ

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