Uncover the potential of a Brow lift.

What is a brow lift?

A brow lift (also known as a forehead lift) is a type of cosmetic surgery that’s designed to correct a sagging, wrinkled, or deeply furrowed brow. Reducing the visibility of frowns or crease lines on the forehead can help provide a more youthful look, alleviating the natural impacts of ageing on our facial skin.

There are generally considered to be three different types of brow lift surgeries. These are:


  • Open brow lifts – also referred to as ‘traditional brow lifts’ or even trichophytic brow lifts, this particular brow lift technique involves making a long cut across the forehead. This incision is typically made at the hairline or even in one of the forehead creases to reduce the visibility of scarring post-surgery. After the incision is made, the brow lift surgeon will then lift the patient’s skin and muscle from underlying fat tissue. Excess skin is then removed and the remaining skin is pulled down and stitched to the brow in a new, taut position.
  • Endoscopic brow lifts – unlike open brow lifts where one long incision is made, endoscopic brow lifts are performed by making several smaller incisions. An endoscope (surgical camera) is then inserted into these smaller incisions to observe the tissue beneath the skin via a television feed. 
  • Suture brow lifts – also referred to as ‘thread lifts’, this unique brow lift technique involves the insertion of fine threads (typically composed of non-absorbable medical prolene fibre) through thin tubes (cannulae) to avoid having to make larger incisions during brow lift surgery. Once in position, the threads are then gently pulled upwards and secured to the facial tissue and skin before then being stitched shut.

Finding the right brow lift procedure for your goals will typically require patients to consult with their brow lift surgeon. Thankfully, our Pirk Cosmetic Consultants cut that work in half by establishing a strong understanding of your goals during our Discovery Call with you. Depending on the scope of your brow lift as outlined in your Pirk Discovery Call, your preliminary consultation with your specialist, and your own healthcare needs, your brow lift surgeon may opt to perform one of these three techniques to complete your brow lift procedure.

What to consider before your preliminary brow lift consultation

Brow lifts can be a suitable alternative to facelift surgeries in some cases. However, as brow lifts are designed specifically to target wrinkling or creasing on the forehead, undergoing a brow lift may be able to provide results that your facelift procedure won’t be able to, namely because facelifts are designed to target other areas across the face, like cheeks and the jawline.

It’s important to note as well that brow lifts may often be performed in tandem with other cosmetic procedures like facelifts or eyelid surgery. If you think you may benefit from combining your brow lift procedure with other cosmetic surgeries like a facelift or blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), then it’s imperative that you speak with your brow lift surgeon about the options that are available to you, and the results that you’re expecting post-surgery. 

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Brow Lift FAQs.

Whilst an eye lift (or eyelid lift) focuses on correcting sagging skin on the upper or lower eyelid, brow lifts are instead designed to target sagging or excess skin on the brow or forehead.

Upper Blepharoplasty Average Cost

Item Min. Cost Max. Cost
Est. Total Cost $4,550 $12,050
Surgeon Cost $2,500 $8,000
Daily Hospital Cost $1,500 $3,500
Anaesthetist $550 $1,650
Surgery Time 1 Hour 3 Hours
Hospital Time Day Surgery Day Surgery

Lower Blepharoplasty Average Cost

Item Min. Cost Max. Cost
Est. Total Cost $5,050 $12,050
Surgeon Cost $3,000 $6,000
Daily Hospital Cost $1,500 $3,500
Anaesthetist $550 $1,650
Surgery Time 1 Hour 3 Hours
Hospital Time Day Surgery Day Surgery

Upper & Lower Blepharoplasty Average Cost

Item Min. Cost Max. Cost
Est. Total Cost $10,600 $20,600
Surgeon Cost $8,000 $16,000
Daily Hospital Cost $1,500 $3,500
Anaesthetist $1,100 $1,650
Surgery Time 2 Hours 3 Hours
Hospital Time Day Surgery Day Surgery

Both trichophytic and endoscopic brow lifts typically take up to or around 2 hours to perform. Thread lifts typically only take around 35-45 minutes to complete, but surgery duration may vary depending on the scope of treatment as outlined by your brow lift surgeon.

Brow lift surgeons typically recommend that patients don’t bend over for at least three weeks following their surgery to reduce the risks of excess pressure being placed on the brow and stitches.


Patients are also advised not to wear tight-fitting shirts or blouses that need to be pulled on over the head (i.e. turtlenecks and hoodies), as contact with these garments may place unnecessary stress on your wounds post-surgery.


For patients recovering from a suture or thread lift, surgeons generally advise avoiding excessive facial movements (i.e. frowning, grinning, etc.) to ensure that threads can stay in position until tissue is able to form around threads during the healing process. The formation of tissue then helps inserted threads stay in place, maintaining the results of the brow lift.

Patients can expect to experience some swelling, bruising, and light scarring for the first 4-10 days following traditional and endoscopic brow lift procedures. Surgeons also advise to be mindful of your surgical wounds for the first 2-3 weeks following your brow lift surgery.


Although scarring from brow lifts is also considered to be light, it can take up to a year for scars to fade post-surgery. The recovery process of brow lift surgeries can naturally vary from patient to patient.


If you do find that you require additional support and information to guide you through your recovery journey, however, then be sure to consult your brow lift surgeon or get in touch with our experts here at Pirk.

Understanding what results you’d like to see from your brow lift procedure can help your surgeon determine what treatment is most suitable for you. Our Pirk Cosmetic Consultant will also provide you with a list of questions to ask your brow lift specialist during your consultation, as well as on the day of your procedure, and even post-surgery.

Brow lift surgeries typically begin with the application of a general or local anaesthetic to maintain the patient’s comfort levels during the procedure. The application of anaesthetic also helps brow lift surgeons reduce the risk of unnecessary patient stress that may result in furrowing of the brow during surgery.


Once the anaesthetic has been applied, your brow lift surgeon will then proceed to perform one of three different brow lift techniques: a traditional or open brow lift, an endoscopic brow lift, or a suture brow lift technique. All of these techniques will typically take no longer than 2 hours to complete, however the duration of your procedure may vary depending on techniques being used or even in the event of complications occurring during surgery.


Once the technique has been completed, the brow lift surgeon will then securely reposition skin and then stitch up surgical wounds, thus completing the brow lift procedure.

Some of the risks associated with brow lift surgery include:

    • Bleeding, infection, inflammation, and other general risks of surgery
    • Scarring, itchiness, or skin irritation
    • Hair loss along the wound
    • Rough skin or uneven skin contours
    • Pain or numbness around surgical wound sites
    • Temporary or permanent paralysis of facial muscles (in some cases)
    • Asymmetrical results that may require additional corrective surgery

Following brow lift surgery, patients can expect their brow and forehead to appear firmer and less wrinkled.

Although the results of brow lifts are generally considered to be permanent in that they are irreversible, it’s important to keep in mind that brow lifts don’t prevent the natural process of ageing.


As a result, your brow may become furrowed again as your body continues to age. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes sun safety and skincare can help maintain the results of your brow lift surgery.

As there are non-surgical alternatives to brow lifts (i.e. dermal fillers, Botox, etc.), it’s imperative that patients consider all of the treatment options available to them prior to deciding on whether a brow lift is the right procedure to deliver the results they’re looking for.


Our Pirk Cosmetic Consultants can also aid patients in determining whether a brow lift is the right procedure for them by helping patients outline their goals during their Discovery Call and our surgeon pairing process.


From here, your brow lift specialist will also be able to walk you through the options available to you, so don’t hesitate to ask them or your Pirk Cosmetic Consultants any questions you may have during your preliminary brow lift consultation.

Patients can expect medium to light scarring following their brow lift surgery, with most surgeons asserting that scars should fade approximately 12 months following the brow lift procedure. You can consult your brow lift surgeon to develop a scarring treatment to aid in your healing post-surgery. Be sure to communicate with your surgeons to develop a scarring treatment if needed.

As brow lift procedures aren’t performed to correct any medical conditions, there are no Medicare rebates available for brow lifts.

A brow lift may be able to alleviate hooded eyes by lifting the thicker skin of the eyebrow off the eyelid. However, most cosmetic surgeons agree that eyelid surgeries are preferable for correcting hooded eyes as eyelid surgeries are designed to specifically target drooping eyelids.

Disclaimer: The information presented in this blog and on the Pirk website is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered professional advice. While we collaborate with qualified surgeons, we are not medical specialists, and the content provided is of a general nature. It is strongly recommended to seek personalised professional advice tailored to your specific situation.

If assistance in finding a qualified surgeon is needed, Pirk can offer support. This content does not constitute personal advice, diagnoses, or treatment plans. By reading our blogs, you acknowledge and accept these terms. For further assistance or clarification, please contact us at hello@pirk.au.

We can help you find your Surgeon

With any cosmetic procedure that targets areas on the face, you want to ensure that your selected clinician and facility have plenty of specialised experience in performing that procedure with absolute precision and to the highest standards. In the past, finding the best cosmetic clinics to perform brow lift surgeries meant conducting copious amounts of research and scrolling through endless clinic reviews and testimonials.

Thankfully, with Pirk’s innovative Cosmetic Consultation Service, finding your ideal brow lift surgeon is now easier than ever before.

How We Make It Easy

  1. Tell Us What You Need: Start by filling out our simple enquiry form. It’s quick, easy, and helps us understand exactly what you’re looking for.

  2. Let’s Chat: Schedule a Discovery Call with one of our Pirk Cosmetic Consultants. We’ll dive deep into your preferences and requirements to match you with qualified surgeons who fit your needs.

  3. Find Your Match: Based on our conversation, we’ll handpick a list of recommended surgeons near you. Take your time to browse through their profiles and find the one that feels like the perfect fit.

  4. Book With Confidence: Once you’ve found your ideal surgeon, book your initial consultation. You can do it directly through Pirk, making the process smooth and stress-free.

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