There are many types of brow lift techniques, and the right procedure that is suited for the patient’s need is determined based on the specific indications that have to be addressed. Some patients are considering less invasive procedures, and others are more involved. As for all brow lift procedures, there is a recovery time that is to be expected and there are steps the patient can take that will alleviate discomfort and hasten the healing process.
Immediately following surgery, it is not necessary that the patient stay in bed or remain at home after the anesthesia has worn off. Although a post-surgery precaution to take is to sit or sleep in an upright position or with the head elevated. This will help the swelling subside more rapidly and aid in the continued healing of the procedure. This would be a good practice for the patient to utilize for several days after the procedure.
Following surgery and for a few days after, bruising and swelling occurs in the concentrated and surrounding areas, which consists of the forehead, the eyelids, and both cheeks. To help reduce the swelling and bruising, apply lightweight ice compresses to the entire area for 20 minutes. Remove the compresses for 20 minutes, then re-apply for another 20 minutes. Icing should be done at least 24 to 36 hours after surgery. The majority of the bruising and swelling will decrease within seven days after the procedure.
To ease any pain that could result from the procedure, the patient can take acetaminophen. If a stronger pain reliever is needed, a prescription for acetaminophen with added codeine may be provided. Do not take any medications that contain aspirin, as this will cause increased risk of bleeding. Itching may also be experienced at the suture line located in or behind the patient’s hairline. Numbness is another common occurrence on the forehead and at the suture line, which will typically cease after a few days. Sutures will be removed one week after surgery.
To ensure proper and rapid healing of the procedure, all strenuous activities, particularly exercising should not be engaged in for at least a week. Undemanding activities and walking are permitted and encouraged. After a week, vigorous exercises can be returned to, but weight lifting, using free weights and machines, need to be put off until after the end of the second week following surgery. This precaution will prevent any complications from interfering with the complete healing process.
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