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Cosmetic Procedures and the Brow Lift

What You'll Need at Home After a Brow Lift

Make sure your house is stocked with plenty of gauze and clean towels for when you get home after your brow lift. Also make sure you have the following on hand:

  • Plenty of ice
  • Container to use for ice or cold water
  • Plastic freezer bags to hold the ice, or bags of frozen corn or peas to use in place of ice
  • Pillows (you'll have to keep your head elevated for a period of time)
  • Ointment for the incision area (which your surgeon can recommend or prescribe, if necessary)

 

The Day of Your Brow Lift

You can have the brow lift done at your surgeon's office, in a hospital, or in an outpatient surgery facility. The surgery should take less than two hours, and you will not normally need to stay overnight. You will, though, need to bring someone along who can drive you home and, if you live alone, stay with you the first night or two.

Most of the time, the surgeon will use local anesthesia. But if it makes you more comfortable, you can ask for an anesthesia that will put you to sleep during the operation (general anesthesia). Once the operation is over, your surgeon will close the incisions with stitches or staples, cleanse the area, and bandage your face.

It's very important to follow your surgeon's instructions on how to care for the incision and how frequently to change the bandages.

 

What To Expect After a Brow Lift

Your recovery will vary depending on which brow lift procedure -- classic or endoscopic -- you had.

In either case, you will have stitches or staples that will need to be removed in about a week. If you have temporary fixation screws, your surgeon will remove them in about two weeks. These fixtures are installed beneath the hairline to hold the elevated brow in place.

You will probably have swelling and bruising, that can affect parts of your face that wasn't operated on, including your cheeks and eyes. The swelling should be gone in about a week. For at least two days after the surgery, you should keep your head elevated to help ease the swelling, and you can gently apply ice packs to the affected region.

If your surgeon used the classic method, you will most likely experience more pain during your recovery. Your doctor will give you a prescription for a painkiller. You may also experience more itching, which can last a few months.

After the endoscopic procedure, you will also get a prescription painkiller. Itching can be a side effect, but it should be much milder than with the classic method.

In either case, you may also have numbness or tingling. This will ease over time. Those who have the classic procedure may have more numbness.

Most people can return to work or school within 10 days depending on which procedure was performed and your own personal rate of recovery.

Avoid heavy lifting, vigorous exercise, or other activity for the first few weeks after surgery.

Though the side effects are minimal, possible complications can include infection, scars, complications with eyebrow movement, or the loss of sensation around the incision site. It's important to remember that these complications are rare.

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