Upper Facelift Surgery

There are many different types of face lift techniques.

What is an Upper Facelift? 

If you’re considering having a face lift procedure, it is likely you have unique facial appearance concerns. The key regions of your face, in relation to considering Facelift surgery, are:

  • upper face (upper face lift/brow lift possibly combined with an upper blepharoplasty)
  • middle face (mid face lift)
  • lower face (lower face lift)


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An Upper Face Lift can help improve the UPPER THIRD of your face; e.g. the eyes (the brow and forehead area including reducing crow’s feet from around your eyes).

With modern advances in skin rejuvenation and surgical enhancement, there are many options for getting the appearance improvements you want. These include Fat Transfer (AFT) or injectables (dermal fillers), which can help replace lost volume in cheeks, lips or other facial areas.

Combined with facial rejuvenation surgery (Rhytidectomy procedures), the effects can include:

  • rejuvenation of the face
  • natural looking restoration of volume
  • younger looking cheeks, eyes and mouth or jaw area

The key face lift procedure is typically a lower face lift, but some people get a combination of different types (or a sequence over time).

Most people choose the lower or middle face lift as a primary procedure. You might want an upper facelift, however, if that area of the face concerns the person most (e.g. sagging brow area or Brow Ptosis and sagging upper eyelids as well as a very wrinkled brow area).

  • The upper face and brow area often hidden with certain hair styles, however. So it is not a surgery that is requested as often as the lower face lift or mid face lift procedures.

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Although there are many different types of Facelift procedures, a  lower face lift is the procedure most people think about when it comes to considering a “facelift.”

But if your upper face and brow is the area that concerns you, an upper face lift may be precisely the procedure you’re wanting.


On the other hand, if it’s the lower face that you’re wanting to rejuvenate, you may want to read our Lower Face Lift Page.

Of, if you’re wanting your entire face rejuvenated (from your hairline to the base of your neck), then a FULL facelift (upper, lower and middle including eye lid surgery) may get you the results you’re looking for.

For more information on an UPPER FACE LIFT surgery procedure, read more below.

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All people DO age differently.

Your face will age partially due to your genetics (heritage) and partially due to your lifestyle.

How your face looks as you get older is also impacted by your skin care regimes over time – whether or not you smoke – how much weight fluctuations you’ve experienced – and, of course, HOW MUCH sun exposure your facial skin has accumulated over the passing years.

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Are you a good candidate for an Upper Facelift Surgery?

Good candidates for UPPER FACE LIFT surgery will be:

  • in relatively good health
  • non-smoker (for at LEAST 2 months and ideally over 6 to 12 months for best results)
  • stable weight
  • have reasonably elastic skin (sufficient elastin/collagen and resiliency)
  • have adequate nutrition and suitable skin healing capacities
  • be concerned with signs of ageing primarily in the upper third of the face
  • have a wide area between the brow and their hairline (forehead height)

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Your Surgeon will give you more detailed information on the procedure, including risks, during your initial consultation and any pre-surgery discussions.

You’ll get to ask any and all questions about what the procedure can do for your appearance concerns. You’ll also get to explore your potential suitability for other complementary procedures or non-surgical skin rejuvenation to get optimal results.

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But in general, according to Specialist Dr Geoff Barnett, Plastic & Cosmetic Surgeon and one of our facial surgery experts:

  • An upper ace-lift can often be performed through a hairline incision (this helps reduce the possibility of hair loss)
  • Working with skillfully-sighted incisions, your Specialists can reduce the visible height of your forehead using skin removal techniques whilst preserving the underlying nerves that supply your anterior scalp
  • This technique helps prevent long-term sensory reduction in the area which is operated on
  • The -looking forehead gives your face a more youthful contour and reduces deep forehead creases
  • Your incisions will then be closed with sutures
  • Autologous Fat Transfer (AFT, which means localised fat injections using a cannula) may also be performed as an additional measure to help correct residual deep folds and contour anomalies such as scar revisions


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  • You will be bandaged and given instructions for post-op recovery (and our special Rapid Recovery pack)
  • During healing, you’ll often need to sleep propped up (sitting up) for several nights
  • You’ll need to wear a forehead support garment day and night for 4 weeks, followed by wearing this garment at night (only at night) for an additional 4 weeks.

Are you a good candidate for Upper Face Lift Surgery?

Upper Facelift Surgery Options (Brow Lift OR Forehead Lift)

If you meet the above criteria about ageing of you upper facial area, you may have:

Do you have:

  • drooping or heavy brows (Brow Ptosis)
  • heavy-looking upper eyelids
  • very wrinkled forehead with deep wrinkles or crevices
  • high hairline (wide brow area – e.g., between your eye brows and your hair line)
  • tired, aged appearance due to upper facial wrinkles and brow sagging
  • deep furrows or lines in the glabella (the area between your brows)

Does this leave you:

  • feeling you look older – or more tired – than you actually feel?
  • avoiding cameras (camera shy of having your photo taken with the family or for your business web pages)?
  • covering your forehead with hair styles such as fringe, which help hide an ageing brow?
  • being self-conscious in business situations with younger colleagues?
  • being treated differently because of your aged appearance?

This can be related to ageing of the face, particularly the upper face, where ‘concentration or worry’ lines, creases and wrinkles begin to form over time.

If you become self-conscious about your aged facial appearance, this may leave you feeling less confident and less likely to participate fully in social situations.

Studies DO suggest that people are often treated differently due to perceptions of facial ageing.

If you have been avoiding some of life’s more joyous activities due to self-consciousness about your ageing appearance, you may find an upper face lift procedure (or a full facelift) help you:

  • to feel more self-confidence about your appearance
    • patients often report they feel younger & more dynamic after facial surgery
    • to LOOK and FEEL refreshed
  • stress less about your appearance – which can help you cope better with other stressors or changes
  • feel you present yourself at your best, online and in person
  • feel more comfortable seeing your reflection in the mirror
  • gain greater social enjoyment as you feel better about how you look (confident, relaxed, natural, less tired-looking)
  • more choices in your career and partner searches

Ageing of the Upper Face and how an Upper (or Full) Facelift can Help

As ageing occurs, lines and wrinkles tend to form on our foreheads due to the constant muscle movement in that region (as well as different expressions that we make repeatedly over time).

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This can leave us looking older – or with more wrinkled, creased skin – than we would like.

  • Horizontal lines also tend to form across the forehead as we age.
  • Vertical lines can become etched between our brows, making us look tired or angry – or both.
  • With ageing, our faces can leave us looking unapproachable or even upset – when we’re simply not.
  • Expressions can seem to become ‘permanently’ etched into our faces around our eye area and forehead area (as well as in the lower face).

Fortunately, with the help of specialist Face Lift Surgeons in Melbourne or Sydney, you can choose a brow lift to help achieve a more refreshed, smoother facial appearance.


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You won’t ever look as young as you did in the years that have passed, but there’s a LOT you – and your Surgeon – can do for your facial appearance using rejuvenation surgery and skin refinement techniques.

There are various types of brow lift surgeries to cater to your individual needs and facial anatomy. These can provide natural-looking, aesthetically beautiful results.

With an upper face lift, your Plastic Surgeon can help you to take YEARS off of the appearance your face.  This is done by your Surgeon eliminating the wrinkles or deep grooves on the forehead, and helping restore (repositioning) your brow line to a more ideal position to prevent the sagging brow look.

If you are interested in brow lift surgery, send an Enquiry form below, or meet our Surgeons at one of our FREE monthly events.

Ideal candidates for Upper Face Lift Surgery

  • Most surgical candidates opting for BROW LIFT (Upper Face Lift) Surgery are between 40 and 50 to up to 60+ years old
  • Some candidates are in their 70s or above; if they have good skin elasticity they may remain great candidates for face lift procedures
  • It is important that surgery patients do NOT smoke and are in generally good health, as well as at a stable weight
  • You  might want this procedure when your brows or eyelids have begun to look heavy or sag – or when the forehead wrinkles have become ‘permanently etched’ features of your upper face area.
  • Younger patients sometimes request a brow lift for personal reasons, such as during a career change (or promotion request), especially if they are competing against younger candidates
  • Some individuals want to alter inherited upper facial traits (such as high hairline or very prominent brow) that is not amenable to non-surgical treatments

What age should you have a face lift? Younger or older?

Realistic expectations from Facial Surgery are crucial for a satisfactory outcome that leaves you feeling great about your surgical experience.

Anyone considering an Upper Face Lift procedure should have a well-informed understanding of what the surgery can – and cannot – accomplish.  After an in-depth discussion with an experienced Plastic & Cosmetic Surgeon who performs custom facial rejuvenation, you will have a better understanding of what procedure (or combination of procedures) will get you the outcome YOU are looking for in terms of facial rejuvenation or appearance improvements.  You’ll also have a better understanding of what can be achieved, realistically.

Some brow lift candidates initially believe they need Blepharoplasty (eyelid) surgery to correct drooping above their eyes.

But sometimes what they need is a brow lift to help minimize these problems more effectively over the longer term.

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How do you know what face lift surgery will be best for your specific facial ageing concerns?

The best thing you can do to determine what surgery (or combined approaches) will help remedy your facial ageing concerns is to meet with a Specialist Plastic Surgeon (face, skin, nose & eyes) or Oculoplastic Surgeon (eyes and brows).

Choose one of our leading Melbourne or Sydney Plastic Surgeons for Facial Surgery including Lower Face Lift, Mid Facelift and Upper Face Lift (Brow lift) procedures!

Our Specialist Plastic Surgeons will give you an honest appraisal of what surgery can, and cannot, accomplish – and why.  They can help you select the best combined procedures that give you a natural looking face LIFT.  Send an enquiry form today (or phone us during clinic hours on (03) 8849 1444.

Ask for Face Lift Specialists Dr Geoff Barnett, in Hawthorn & Berwick, Dr Douglas McManamny (Hawthorn) or Our Team of Surgeons (Frankston and Berwick).  You can also meet our Surgeons at one of our special FREE information evenings.