Recovery after an Eyebrow Lift

Eyebrow Lift

Sagging skin on forehead region can be immensely depressing. Luckily, there’s a solution available these days to rectify/treat this issue. All you need to do is get in touch with an experienced and knowledgeable eyebrow lift surgeon and seek consultation.

Also referred to as “the brow lift,” this procedure can offer just what you want. It is helpful in reversing the aging process and erasing its merciless signs such as deep wrinkles and creases across forehead. Apart from older patients, younger individuals also make good candidates for this process owing to environmental damage, stress etc.

What is an Eyebrow Lift?

The procedure is performed for rectifying sagging in the upper eyelids, forehead skin, and eyebrows.

Presently, surgeons use the following two methods to lift forehead and eyebrow areas:

– The classic eyebrow lift

– The endoscopic eyebrow lift

What to Expect while Recovering from Eyebrow Lift?

Staples and Stitches –

You will have stitches or staples in the incisions. This is removed in about a week. Temporary fixation screws are removed in about two weeks.

Bandage –

During recovery from brow lift, your forehead may be taped and/or loosely wrapped to reduce swelling and bruising. This is done after the procedure is completed.

Drainage Tube –

A thin tube may exist for the purpose of draining any excess fluid or blood that may accumulate under the skin.

Bruising and Swelling –

It is natural to experience swelling and bruising after a brow lift. This may affect other parts of your face such as eyes and cheeks. Expect the swelling to go in about a week.

Pain and Itching –

Classic method of surgery will cause some pain during your recovery. You will be prescribed some painkillers. Itching is also a part of recovery process. This may last for a few months. The endoscopic method will have less pain and itching (only mild).

Tingling or Numbness –

This is common and usually subsides over time.

Medical Instructions –

You will be provided with a set of instructions by the surgeon to speed up recovery process and avoid any potential risks. These instructions generally revolve around taking care of drains and surgical site, taking medications to apply on specific areas or take orally, and warning signs to keep tabs on at the surgical site or general health. You will also be given instructions on when and how to follow up with your plastic surgeon.

When to Call a Doctor?

Make sure you call your doctor without delay under these circumstances:

– When you experience fever higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit

– Observe excessive swelling or bleeding.

Recovery Time

The initial wound healing may take anywhere between 10 to 14 days. Clips / sutures are removed as and when the doctor finds it appropriate. Most patients can resume work and normal activity after 10-14 days.

Public Appearance

You will look presentable to the public after recovery. However, healing will continue for several weeks thereafter. It takes time for the swelling to dissolve and incision lines to fade and refine. Complete recovery will take several months. You may use good quality cosmetics to camouflage any bruising.

Caring for the Surgical Site after Surgery

It is crucial that you follow your physician’s instructions to ensure the success of your surgery. Surgical incisions should not be subjected to any of the following at the time of healing:

– Excessive force

– Swelling

– Abrasion

– Motion It is important to keep your head elevated after surgery. This helps alleviate swelling. Also avoid performing vigorous physical activities until your surgeon give you a clean chit. Avoid using ice or heat on the surgical site without consulting your surgeon.

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