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    Cosmetic Procedures and the Brow Lift

    How to Prepare for Your Brow Lift continued...

    For instance, if you smoke, your surgeon may ask you to stop at least temporarily. You may also have to avoid alcohol and certain medications. If you regularly take an aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drug, your surgeon will ask you to stop taking these for a certain period of time before the surgery. These drugs can cause increased bleeding and should be avoided.

    Also, if your hair is long and will get in the way of the procedure, you may have to trim it. If your hair is shorter, you may want to grow it out to cover any scars. Be sure to discuss all these things -- as well as how to prepare -- with your surgeon.

    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.

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