Meet Dr. Thomas Buonassisi, Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon

As one of Canada’s top cosmetic facial surgeons, Dr. Thomas Buonassisi leads the team at 8 West Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Clinic and carries extensive experience, having performed facial cosmetic surgery for over 20 years. Dr. Buonassisi has travelled the world to train with renowned experts in the field, working closely with top surgeons in the United States and Australia.

What makes Dr. Buonassisi one of the most respected and well-known facial cosmetic surgeons?

  • Board Certification in Facial Plastic Surgery
  • American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • American Board of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Over 20 Years Experience
  • Thousands of Facial Cosmetic Surgeries Performed
  • RealSelf Verified Surgeon
  • Voted 2018, 2019, 2020 Best Cosmetic Surgeon in Vancouver

Being an expert in his field, Dr. Thomas Buonassisi has performed thousands of facial cosmetic procedures and has honed his surgical skills into an artform.


Benefits of Brow Lift Surgery

The brow area of our face is an area that does a lot of heavy lifting, literally, as our brow is responsible for expressing and communicating the majority of our emotions. The muscles in the brow, apart from expression, also help lift the eyebrow area to keep the eyes looking open and alert.

Between aging and gravity, our brow area tends to descend over time, which may contribute to an overall tired or downtrodden look. While there are injectable treatments that can help provide a slight lift to the brow, when excess skin or heavy drooping features are the leading issue, Brow Lift Surgery is an ideal solution.

5 key benefits of Brow Lift Surgery:

  • Defines a more attractive arched brow shape
  • Creates a more refreshed appearance in the upper third of the face
  • Makes the eyes look more open and alert
  • Removes excess upper eyelid skin and forehead skin
  • Results are long lasting

How is Brow Lift Surgery Performed? 

Brow lift surgery takes an average of 1 – 2 hours and the procedure is performed under general anesthesia so you’ll be fully asleep. With the exception of the Endoscopic Brow Lift, most Brow Lift surgeries are performed by carefully and strategically removing sections of the skin in the upper brow area. Dr. Buonassisi will then strategically place stitches to achieve the lifting action of the surgery, ensuring the placement of these is in natural creases in the brow to ensure any scarring is tactfully hidden.

For the Endoscopic Brow Lift, Dr. Buonassisi makes a small incision – approximately 2 cm long – in the scalp, behind the hairline. He uses an endoscope (a surgical camera) and special tools to access the brow structures beneath the skin, allowing him to mobilize the various structural layers in the forehead to create a deeper lift across a larger area that isn’t just a skin lift. The mobilized layers are strategically repositioned to create the ideal elevation of the brow, and are then secured with sutures higher up in the scalp with no trimming of skin required. The incision is closed with very fine stitches.

How Long Does it Take to Recover from a Brow Lift?

Most patients take at least 1 week off of work to recover from their brow lift. Stitches are removed approximately 1 week after surgery. You’ll need to take 3 to 4 weeks off from vigorous exercise and activities to allow for proper healing and to minimize swelling. You’ll see a significant change right after surgery, but it takes a couple of weeks for the brows to settle into their natural position. How long does a brow lift last? A brow lift can last for years, even up to a decade, but over time, the skin will sag as you age.


Am I a Candidate for Brow Lift Surgery?

Patients who are excellent candidates for Brow Lift Surgery will most likely have these concerns as they age or as a result of hereditary factors:

  • Deep furrows or lines in the forehead due to aging
  • A genetically predisposed low-set brow
  • Deep creases that require more than neuromodulator or dermal filler injections to correct
  • Sagging skin and brows that will benefit from removing excess skin
  • Tired, aging eyes
  • Hooded or sagging eyelids
  • Heavy brows

The Types of Brow Lift Techniques

A brow lift repositions brows to a natural, attractive-looking position, smoothes forehead wrinkles, and shapes the brow arch. Dr. Buonassisi is highly skilled in performing several types of brow lifts:

Best for those whose medial (mid) brow is in a good position and the lateral (outer third) brow is flat or downward-sloping. The procedure places incisions in the hairline above the lateral brow, and then lifts these corners of the brow.

Typically for patients who have excess or sagging skin, causing a heavy brow. Incisions are placed in the natural wrinkles or creases directly above the brow to remove excess skin and lift the brow.

For patients looking for a longer-lasting, natural-looking and more global result; the Endoscopic Brow Lift provides a more holistic lift of a much larger area, rejuvenating the eyes, brow pad, forehead, and even lifting some of the upper cheek.

As opposed to a skin lift, the Endoscopic Brow Lift is made possible with the surgical elevation of the multiple structures under the skin, creating a more natural-looking rejuvenated result that will slow the signs of aging in the upper face for years to come. Though a surgical procedure, the endoscopic brow lift is considered a minimally invasive and scarless approach to the surgical brow lift and yields minimal downtime with a quick recovery.

The brows can also be slightly elevated with non-surgical brow lift treatments. It can be a great option for patients who want to achieve a subtle lift without undergoing surgery.

Neuromodulator Injectable Brow Lift essentially relaxes the muscles that are pulling the brow down and allow it to rest in a slightly higher position. Dermal Fillers are a temporary, non-invasive procedure that can be used to augment the temple area to give a boost to the lateral brow.

Contact us for more information about non-surgical brow lift treatments.


What’s Covered in Your Pre-Assessment Call

Step 1: Request Your Complimentary Pre-Assessment Session with the 8 West Clinic Team

A pre-assessment session is a complimentary service that we recommend to anyone considering Brow Lift surgery. In your pre-assessment session with a patient care manager, they will conduct a photo review with yourself and Dr. Buonassisi on your behalf to confirm that you are a candidate for the procedure. They will also discuss the surgery cost, timeline, and process, as well as any other options that Dr. Buonassisi may suggest to achieve your desired results.


Step 2: Schedule Your Consultation with Dr. Buonassisi

Meet Dr. Buonassisi in person (or online if you are an out-of-town patient) for expectations setting. The surgical consultation is by far the most important part of the cosmetic surgery process because this is the communication tool that helps explain what can be achieved in surgery.

You may ask Dr. Buonassisi to share real patient Before and After photos to help illustrate what can be achieved with the particular surgery you are discussing. This is also your opportunity to ask him any questions.


Step 3: Schedule Your Surgery and Receive Ongoing Care in Follow Up Visits

Our team of medical professionals and patient care managers are here to make your experience a smooth, informative and positive one. We manage all the details of your surgery and schedule a series of follow-up appointments to ensure you are healing well and are happy with your results! We are here to help answer all your questions about recovery.


Learn More with a Pre-Assessment Call

The decision to proceed with Brow Lift surgery should be made with the utmost level of care and attention. While it can be exciting to think about how you may look with a Brow Lift, it is important to be informed about both the risks and benefits of surgery.

A pre-consultation discussion is a complimentary service with our award-winning, knowledgeable and friendly patient care team, which we recommend to anyone considering any surgery. This service includes a review of your photos to help determine if Brow Lift surgery is right for you, plus a discussion of costs and possible surgery dates on top of any other questions you may have before you decide if you are ready to meet Dr. Thomas Buonassisi in person.