Brow lift or forehead lift cosmetic surgery procedure will involve a few days of recovery period. The surgeon will discuss during the pre-op consultation about the estimated downtime involved, and also provide detailed instructions for post-surgical incision care and other precautions.
The patient should be aware of the normal, temporary symptoms during recovery as well as any potential signs of complications. They should carefully adhere to the surgeon’s instructions for a safe and quick recovery. Facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Eric Yavrouian provides brow lift to patients in Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, CA, and other cities across the horizon.
Early Recovery Phase
Ice packs may be used around the eyes in the first two days after brow lift cosmetic surgery to mitigate the swelling. The patient should preferably sleep with the head in an elevated position for at least one week. Pain is not a significant concern following a brow lift surgery, but some tightness in the forehead and brow areas can be experienced. Pain medications may be prescribed by the surgeon for the first few days.
Drains are typically not necessary during brow lift recovery. Maximum swelling will occur in about two to three days following the procedure, and will begin subsiding from the second week. Bruising will usually occur minimally in the brow, but a little more in the surrounding areas. It will take about two to three weeks for the bruising to resolve completely.
Bathing and showering can be done the next day after the surgery. But steam baths, hot water tubs, and hair dryers should be avoided so that no damage is caused to the skin or hair in the treated areas. Due to numbness in the areas, the patient may not feel the heat, so it is safer to avoid hot water.
Sutures will usually be removed a week after brow lift or forehead lift surgery. Mild activities can be performed in the first week, but vigorous activities or heavy lifting should be avoided for two to three weeks. Facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Yavrouian receives patients from Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, CA, and nearby areas for brow lift surgery.
The final results of brow lift or forehead lift surgery will be gradually established over a period of several months. In most cases, the scalp and hairline incisions would have fully healed in about six months, and a more youthful appearance would be established.
Although aging effects will continue to develop with the passage of time, but some parts of the treated areas, particularly the frown line area and the wrinkles in the brow may never become as severe again and will only mildly return over the years.
For a safe and speedy recovery, the patient should be prepared to follow the surgeon’s recovery instructions. They should continue to wear the bandages for about two days after the surgery, and preserve the incision areas against dust until the healing improves. They should apply the prescribed ointment or gel to the incision areas to help minimize scarring.
For more information about treatments and procedures by Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Dr. Eric J. Yavrouian, serving patients in and around Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank and the Greater Los Angeles, CA area call 818-241-2150 or click here to contact him for a consultation.