Cosmetic Procedures and the Brow Lift

What should I expect after brow lift surgery?

Your recovery is going to vary depending upon which procedure you had: a classic or endoscopic brow lift.

In either case, you will have stitches or staples in the incisions which will need to be removed in about a week. If you have temporary fixation screws, these will be removed in about two weeks (these fixtures are installed beneath the hairline to hold the elevated brow in place).

You will probably experience swelling and bruising, which can also affect other parts of your face, including your cheeks and eyes. The swelling should be gone in about a week. For at least two days following surgery, you should keep your head elevated to help alleviate the swelling, and you can gently apply ice packs to the affected region.

For those who undergo surgery via the classic method, you will most likely experience more pain during your recovery. Your doctor will give you a prescription for a painkiller. You may also experience more itching, which can last for a few months.

Those patients who undergo surgery via endoscopic method will also receive a prescription painkiller. Itching can also be a side effect for those who have undergone the endoscopic method, though it is much more mild than with the classic method.

In either case, you may also experience numbness or tingling. This will subside over time. Those who underwent the classic procedure may experience more numbing.

Most patients can return to work or school within 10 days, some sooner, depending on which procedure you underwent and your own personal rate of recovery.

You should be sure to avoid heavy lifting, vigorous exercise or other activity for the first few weeks after surgery.

Though the side effects are minimal, possible complications can include infection, scars, complications with eyebrow movement or the loss of sensation around the incision site. It's important to remember that these occur rarely.

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