Brow Lift & Forehead Reduction Sydney

A brow lift, also known as a foreheadplasty or a forehead lift, is a procedure aimed at rejuvenating the shape of the eyebrows and upper eyelids, raising sagging skin while reducing wrinkles and frownlines in the forehead area.

Brow Lift & Forehead Reduction Sydney

A brow lift is a surgical procedure aimed at rejuvenating the forehead and eye area. This operation primarily addresses the presence of deep furrows or a drooping brow. A significant part of the procedure involves reducing horizontal lines that manifest on the forehead and the vertical creases that appear on the bridge of the nose, commonly known as ‘frown lines’. Additionally, the procedure can elevate the eyebrows, creating a more refreshed and energetic appearance. This type of surgery is alternatively referred to as a forehead lift.

Womans face being marked to show facelift areas

What concerns may a Brow Lift help to address?

It’s important to remember that every individual is unique and so too are their needs and desired outcomes for cosmetic surgery. If you’re considering a procedure, it’s essential to have a comprehensive consultation with one of our experienced surgeons. They can help you understand whether you’re a suitable candidate and what you can realistically expect from the surgery. The information provided here is meant to help guide you, but it’s not a replacement for professional medical advice. Always organise a consultation for personalised advice.

If you are concerned about the way you look or are thinking about cosmetic surgery for confidence reasons, there are alternatives. Talking to a counsellor or psychologist may help you overcome your concerns about your appearance.

Reducing Forehead Creases: Brow lift surgery may be performed to reduce the appearance of horizontal lines and furrows on the forehead.
Elevating Sagging Brows: The procedure can potentially elevate sagging brows that are hooding the upper eyelids.
Reducing Frown Lines: It may also be effective in reducing frown lines, or the vertical creases that develop between the eyebrows.
Enhancing Eyebrow Position: A brow lift can potentially improve the position of the eyebrows, making them appear more alert.
Restoring Balance: The procedure may help restore facial balance by positioning the eyebrows in their natural position.
Improving Facial Harmony: The procedure may potentially enhance facial harmony by making the forehead and eyebrows more consistent with other facial features.
Enhancing Eye Appearance: By lifting the brows, a brow lift surgery can contribute to a more rested and less heavy appearance of the eyes.
Improving Overall Facial Aesthetic: The objective of a brow lift is to adjust the position of the eyebrows and reduce the appearance of lines and furrows on the forehead, contributing to an overall change in the facial aesthetic.

What to expect


The journey towards a brow lift begins with a comprehensive consultation with our experienced surgeon. During this meeting, your aesthetic goals, medical history, and current brow and forehead structure will be evaluated. The surgeon will assess your skin quality, the position of your brows, and the presence of any asymmetry. This consultation is the perfect opportunity for you to address any concerns or ask any questions you may have about the procedure.

Number and type of consultation

It is a requirement under the law, that a patient seeking cosmetic surgery must have at least two pre-operative consultations. The patient’s first consultation must be with the medical practitioner who will perform the surgery or another registered health practitioner who works with the medical practitioner who will perform the surgery (not a patient advisor or an agent). At least one of the two consultations must be in person with the medical practitioner who will perform the surgery. Other consultations can be in person or by video.

When consent can be given

A patient must not be requested to sign consent forms at their first consultation and cannot consent to cosmetic surgery until they have had an in-person consultation with the medical practitioner who will perform the surgery. The decision to have the surgery (provision of informed consent) must be made at a consultation with the medical practitioner who will perform the procedure (in person or by video).

Cooling-off Period

There must be a cooling-off period of at least seven days after the patient has had two consultations and given informed consent (signed consent forms), before the surgery can be booked or a deposit paid. 


Once you and the surgeon have agreed on the goals of the surgery, you will receive specific instructions on how to prepare for your brow lift. These may include dietary guidelines, advice on smoking and alcohol consumption, instructions about certain medications or supplements, and skincare recommendations.


A brow lift procedure typically takes between one to two hours and is usually performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. The procedure involves making small incisions hidden within the hairline. Through these incisions, the surgeon can adjust the muscles, lift tissues, remove excess skin, and reposition the eyebrows to a higher position.


After the surgery, you’ll be monitored in a recovery room for a short period. Most patients can go home the same day, though occasionally an overnight hospital stay may be recommended. Swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort are expected but will begin to subside after a few days.

Most patients feel ready to return to non-strenuous daily activities within a week, while more vigorous activities should be avoided for several weeks. Regular follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor your progress and ensure a smooth recovery.

The final results of your brow lift might not be fully apparent for several weeks to months, as it takes time for the tissues to fully heal and adjust to their new position.

Surgery Time
1 to 3 hours
Hospital Time
Day stay with an option for overnight
Time off work
2 weeks
Cast Removal
Hand band required for 1 week
Can shower next day, however hair and incisions must stay dry
4 to 6 weeks
24 hours after general anaesthetic and not while taking prescribed pain relief. We also recommend checking with your CTA insurer as to the post surgery exclusion period.
After 14 days for national and 4 weeks for international
Full Recovery
3 to 6 months for final results

Considerations Before Cosmetic Surgery

While we aim to provide accurate information about the different surgical procedures available, it’s important to understand that the content provided here serves as a general guide only. The specifics of each surgery, including the procedure detailed above, can and will vary significantly from person to person, depending on their unique circumstances and physical characteristics.

Undergoing cosmetic surgery is a serious decision that requires ample thought, careful consideration, and meticulous planning. It should never be taken lightly or treated trivially, as it can have profound impacts on one’s lifestyle and wellbeing.

Recovery from cosmetic surgery, too, requires time, support, and proper aftercare. We strive to present realistic and transparent information about the recovery process, but individual experiences may vary. It is typical for recovery to involve certain services or requirements, such as the use of compression garments or receiving therapeutic massages. It also often necessitates significant lifestyle changes, which may include a period of absence from employment and temporary restrictions on certain activities.

In light of these considerations, we strongly encourage potential patients to engage in comprehensive discussions with their GP and our surgeons. The goal is to fully understand the implications, requirements, and likely outcomes of any chosen procedure, and to make informed decisions about their health and aesthetics.

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General risks and complications of surgery include:

Substantial Hemorrhage: This involves severe blood loss from the area that underwent surgery, which may necessitate additional medical interventions.
Susceptibility to Infection: Post-surgery, the risk of infection can rise, potentially requiring either antibiotic treatment or subsequent surgical interventions.
Allergic Responses: Patients may exhibit allergic reactions to medical materials such as sutures, dressings, or antiseptic solutions used during and after the procedure.
Hematoma Formation: This involves the development of a sizable clot of blood beneath the incision site, which may necessitate medical drainage.
Post-Surgical Discomfort: Patients may experience pain, bruising, and swelling in the area surrounding the surgical site.
Scar Development: There's a risk of developing keloids or hypertrophic scars, which are elevated, red, and thickened scars over the healed incisions. Though they can be bothersome and aesthetically displeasing, they don't pose a direct health threat.
Delayed Healing Process: Healing can be sluggish, especially in patients with pre-existing conditions like diabetes or those who smoke.
Anaesthesia Risks: Patients may experience short-term nausea following general anaesthesia, along with other potential risks associated with anaesthesia.

Brow lift surgery risks and complications include:

Post-Operative Pain: Brow lift surgery may result in significant pain or discomfort, necessitating effective pain management strategies.
Risk of Infection: Like any surgical procedure, a brow lift carries the potential risk of postoperative infection, which might necessitate additional treatments.
Visible Scarring: Despite strategic incision placement to minimize visibility, scarring is an inherent risk in brow lift surgery. Some patients may develop noticeable or even hypertrophic or keloid scars.
Hematoma Formation: There's a possibility of developing a hematoma, or a collection of blood, in the surgical area, which might require further medical procedures.
Nerve Damage: Brow lift surgery carries the risk of temporary or permanent nerve damage, which could result in changes in sensation or muscle weakness in the forehead or scalp.
Dissatisfaction with Cosmetic Outcome: There's a possibility that the patient may be dissatisfied with the aesthetic results of the surgery, requiring further revision surgery.
Hair Loss at Incision Sites: One potential complication of a brow lift is temporary or permanent hair loss at the incision sites.

How Much Does Brow Lift Cost?

Your personalised quote will be prepared following an in-depth evaluation by our expert surgeon. This includes a thorough assessment of your individual needs, detailed explanation of the procedure, and a tailored approach to best achieve the desired outcomes. The quote considers various elements including surgical supplies, hospital requirements, and the specifics of the surgery itself.

Potential rebates might be available if the procedure is deemed medically necessary by relevant health authorities. Conditions for this include providing evidence supporting the medical necessity of the surgery and a referral from a healthcare professional. Your private health insurance may also provide coverage, so it’s essential to discuss this with your provider.


A brow lift, also known as a foreheadplasty or a forehead lift, is a surgical procedure that aims to enhance the appearance of the forehead, the brow and the area around the eyes. This is achieved by lifting the soft tissue and skin of the forehead and brow. The procedure involves making incisions, usually along the hairline or in the forehead, to minimize visible scarring. The specifics of each procedure can vary depending on individual needs and goals, and these details would be discussed during a comprehensive consultation with a surgeon.
An ideal candidate for a brow lift is someone who has sagging or low-positioned eyebrows that create a tired or sad appearance. They may also have deep horizontal creases across the forehead, or frown lines or furrows between the eyebrows or across the top of the nose. However, a candidate must be in good health, have realistic expectations about the outcome, and understand the potential risks and complications. An individual consultation with a surgeon is necessary to confirm candidacy.
As with any surgical procedure, a brow lift carries some risk. These can include but are not limited to: infection, bleeding, scarring, hair loss at the incision site, numbness or changes in sensation, asymmetry, and complications related to anesthesia. In rare cases, nerve injury can occur, affecting facial movement or sensation. It’s essential to discuss these risks with your surgeon during the consultation process.
Recovery time varies by individual, but most people can return to work or normal activities within 10 to 14 days after a brow lift. Initially, there may be some swelling, bruising, and discomfort, which can be managed with medication. Strenuous physical activity should be avoided for several weeks to ensure proper healing. It’s also normal for the full results of the surgery to take several months to become apparent as the area heals and settles.
The results of a brow lift are typically long-lasting. However, a brow lift does not stop the natural aging process, so over time, forehead skin and facial muscles may begin to droop again. Lifestyle factors, such as sun protection and a healthy diet, can help extend the results.
Yes, a brow lift can be performed alongside other facial cosmetic procedures for more comprehensive results. Commonly combined procedures include a facelift (to address the lower face and neck sagging), eyelid surgery (to correct drooping eyelids or under-eye bags), and skin resurfacing techniques (to improve skin texture and reduce the appearance of wrinkles). The combination of procedures will depend on the individual’s goals and needs, and should be discussed with the surgeon.

Self-Assess Your Readiness For a Facelift

Thank you for taking the Dr Zacharia self-assessment form to better understand how mentally and physically you are for achieving the best facelift possible. Please answer all questions below, and provide photos for a pre op screening by Dr Zacharia.

Disclaimer: Please note that Dr Zacharia has the same rights as a patient. If you choose not to go ahead with Dr Zacharia based on his recommendations, he also has the right to turn away patients who he feels may be too high risk for surgery or show a lack of compliance for surgery protocols.

Surgery is a serious decision, and we are striving for the best outcomes for all. However, all surgery comes with a risk of complication or revision. Follow your pre and post op instructions for your safety and best possible outcome. However, the human body is not an exact science and Dr Zacharia and his team can only use their extensive experience to help guide you through any issue that could arise.

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