Brow Lift Surgery RecoveryDecember 5, 2018
Brow lift is a relatively minor plastic surgery procedure, but it will still involve a few days of post-operative recovery.
During the initial consultation, the surgeon will discuss various aspects of the surgery, including the recovery process and the estimated downtime involved. They will also provide instructions for incision care and other steps.
Patients should be aware of the expected temporary side effects and what could be the potential signs of a serious complication. They should be committed to following the surgeon’s instructions for a speedy and safe recovery.
Caring board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie MD provides brow lift to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and other suburbs and towns in this part of the southwest.
Common Post-Surgical Side Effects
A few mild side effects may occur after brow lift surgery, which will typically resolve on their own. In some cases, the surgeon may use a less invasive surgical technique such as endoscopic brow lift, which will reduce the risk of side effects. Common side effects may include:
- Bruising and swelling in the incision sites
- Stinging or tingling
- Numbness or change of sensation
- Pain, soreness or general discomfort
Overall Recovery Process
Following a brow lift surgery, the patient should apply ice packs around the eyes in the first two or three days. This will help to mitigate the swelling. They should sleep with the head in a raised position for the first few days.
Soreness or tightness in the brow and forehead area could occur initially. The surgeon might prescribe pain meds in the first week to keep the patient comfortable.
It may not be necessary to use temporary drains in the incision sites after a brow lift. Swelling will be pronounced in the first week, and will start subsiding from the second week. Slight bruising may occur in the brow, but a little more bruising may be experienced in the surrounding sites. Anyway, the bruising will resolve fully in two to three weeks.
The patient may perform bathing and showering from the second day of the surgery. However, they should avoid hot water baths, steam and sauna, and hair dryer use to prevent damage to the hair or skin in the treated areas. Initial numbness in the skin could make it risky to use hot water because the patient will not feel the heat.
Sutures will be removed in about one week after the brow lift surgery. Patients are encouraged to perform light activities at home and perform short walks during the first week. Strenuous exercises and activities should, however, be avoided for at least three weeks or more. The patient should diligently maintain post-operative appointments with the surgeon to monitor their progress.
The final results of a brow lift surgery will establish over a few months. The incisions and the scalp would heal completely in about six months, creating a more youthful appearance of the upper face.
While aging effects will continue to occur over the years, but some of the treated areas in a brow lift, such as the frown lines in the brows, may not become prominent for a long time.
Care Instructions for Recovery
The patient should have the commitment to follow the surgeon’s post-surgical care instructions for a predictable and safe recovery. They should wear the bandages for two to three days after the surgery, and protect the incision area against contamination to reduce infection risks.
If the surgeon prescribes an ointment or gel to reduce potential scarring, the patient should apply them as per instructions, and avoid contact with the eyes. Devoted cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie MD receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas in this section of the nation for a brow lift.
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