The brow lift recovery time depends on the type
of procedure performed and the patient’s own body and its recovery rate. As soon
as the brow lift procedure is over the patient may feel groggy from the
anesthesia. The forehead area will normally be taped or wrapped in a bandage.
Depending on your plastic surgeon and what he feels is best for the patient, you
might have a drain to help eliminate any excess fluid from the surgical area.
Patients who have had a coronal incision, may
experience some numbness and temporary discomfort around the incision. As the
nerves heal, numbness on the top of your scalp may be replaced by itching. These
sensations may take as long as six months to fully disappear.
Patients who have had an endoscopic lift may also
experience some numbness, incision discomfort and mild swelling. However,
incision site pain is usually minimal. Endoscopic forehead lift patients usually
experience less of the itching sensation felt by patients who have had the
classic forehead lift.
Patients are advised to take it easy for at least
7 to 10 days. More than likely, you will be instructed to keep your head
elevated. There will be some swelling and or pain associated with this
procedure, however; oral pain medication will be prescribed to help maintain
Antibiotics will also be prescribed, and it is very
important to make sure you take all the medication that is given to you, as this
will help fight off any potential
infection that might happen.
Taking the patient's temperature daily, as any fever is the result of a possible
Taking the pain medication on time will help with any break
Most patients do develop a headache from the
tension placed on their scalp - but this is managed with oral pain medication.
medication such as an antibiotic and pain medication, both can cause stomach
upset if taken on a empty stomach. Make sure you have something to eat
first before taking the medication. Your surgeon might also have
prescribed anti-enemic or (anti-nausea) medication.
medication as directed, and if you have any side effects be sure to contact
your plastic surgeon's office immediately.
Cold compresses will help prevent swelling and
bruising. If there is any pus or redness in the incision area, you should
contact your surgeon immediately. The third day post operative is normally
the hardest for the patient, as swelling is at its maximum. Bruising and
swelling are normal symptoms post operative, however if you notice excessive
amount - it could mean possibly a
hematoma or a seroma.
Swelling in the lower facial
area - such as the eyelids and cheek area occurs as swelling tends to migrate
down as the healing continues. Ice packs can be applied to the area to
help with the swelling.
Ointment and eye-drops are recommended for the
eyes because of dryness from the surgery.
Stitches or staples will be removed within a week
or two - depending on the procedure you have had. Most patients are able
to shower and shampoo your hair within a few days or when the bandage is
removed. Hair shafts will be a bit thinner surrounding the incision for a
few weeks or months, but normal growth will usually resume. Permanent hair loss
You may experience temporary forehead
during the recovery period. Sometimes this can extend into several months
before sensation is returned. The numbness in the forehead and scalp
are is normal for the first six weeks to six months and can on occasion take up
to two years before the sensation returns.
The return of sensation maybe be associated with
an occasional nerve paresthesias characterized by minor electric shocks or a
crawling sensation on your scalp. This is a good sign - meaning that the
sensation and feeling is returning to the forehead area.
Both traditional and endoscopic brow lift
patients should avoid strenuous exercise and physical activity for several
additional weeks. Avoiding any demanding activity that raises your blood
pressure or elevate your heart rate for two to three weeks. This includes no jogging, aerobics,
weightlifting, bending, and heavy housework. Make sure you check with your
own plastic surgeon what your restrictions will be as you recover.
Most visible signs of surgery with scarring
should fade completely within two to three months. Camouflage make-up can cover minor
swelling and bruising. Initially tiredness and a let down feeling are usual, but
will pass as the patient begins to feel and look better. Post operative
depression is common after a surgical procedure of this magnitude, however; this
will pass within a few days.