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Due to the effects of gravity and loss of elasticity in the skin, the brows begin moving downwards, reducing the space above the upper eyelids.

A brow lift, also known as a lateral temporal lift, is a surgical solution to descending brows.

What is a Brow Lift?

During a brow lift, Dr Richardson removes excess skin and tissue and lifts the forehead tissue to secure it into a higher position. This surgical procedure can:

  • Raise the outer portion of the brow
  • Reduce lines and creases in the brow and forehead
  • Reduce wrinkles at the corners of the eyes

What to Expect During Your Consultation

Before the surgery, we will discuss your needs and goals for the procedure. This will help us tailor the procedure to your specific case. Generally, suitable candidates have a noticeable degree of descending skin or wrinkling around the brows and eyes.

During your consultation, Dr Richardson will ask about your medical history, medications, and current health. He will then explain the procedure in detail so you know what to expect from 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 during your consultation.

Unlike other brow lifts, this surgery specifically targets the outer third portion of the brow. By targeting this area, Dr Richardson can lift and reshape the brow arch and tighten the skin at the eye corners.

During the procedure, Dr Richardson will make incisions at the temples, either at or behind the hairline. During the consultation, you can discuss which surgical method suits your case. After making the incisions, the skin and tissue will be manipulated. Dr Richardson will then trim the excess skin and close the incisions carefully.

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 consider some things, 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 the procedure, you may have some pain and discomfort, but these side effects will resolve with proper care. We can prescribe pain medication to help you manage this first stage of recovery.

Aftercare is important following any surgery. 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 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

Every procedure comes with risks. Therefore, it is necessary to be aware of the potential risks of brow lift surgery before proceeding, as this will help you weigh the risks and decide. 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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