Once your procedure is completed, your forehead may be taped and your head may be loosely wrapped to minimize swelling and bruising. A small, temporary tube may be placed to help drain excess fluid and minimize bruising. Before being released, you and an accompanying family member, friend or caregiver will be given specific instructions that may include:
- How to care for the surgical site.
- Medications to apply or take orally to aid in healing and reduce potential for infection.
- Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in overall health.
- When to follow up with your plastic surgeon.
Initial healing may include some swelling, numbness and discomfort that can be controlled with medication. An itchy scalp, particularly at the incision sites is also common. Some facial movements may be restricted or temporarily impaired. These are all common conditions.
Your plastic surgeon will instruct you to keep your head elevated at all times until initial swelling has subsided. You will be provided specific postoperative instructions including cleansing of your face and hair. Follow all instructions carefully; this is essential to the success of your outcome. A return to light, normal activity is possible as soon as you feel ready, usually within a few days of surgery.
Initial wound healing may take 5 to 10 days, at which time any sutures or clips will be removed, if necessary. You will be ready to return to work and normal activity at this time. Cosmetics can camouflage any bruising that remains.
Healing will continue for several weeks as swelling continues to dissipate and incision lines refine and fade. Diligent sun protection is essential until the healing process is fully complete. Continue to follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions and attend follow-up visits as scheduled.
It may take several months for swelling to completely dissipate. A year is considered appropriate for incision lines to fully refine. Life-long sun protection and a healthy lifestyle will help to extend the results of your brow lift – a relaxed, vibrant and more youthful appearance.
Your face and forehead will continue to age. But the fulfillment you feel from your brow lift should continue for many years.