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Cosmetic Procedures and the Brow Lift

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.

After a Brow Lift, Call Your Doctor Immediately if:

You have:

  • Fever that climbs over 100 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Excessive swelling or bleeding.

 

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