Your brow lift recovery begins as soon as your procedure is complete. Immediately following surgery, your forehead may be taped and your head may be wrapped to minimize swelling and bruising. In addition, tiny drains may be in place to remove any excess blood or fluid. Before you are released, you will be instructed on how to care for the surgical site.
If your brow lift was done on an outpatient basis, you will need a friend or family member to drive you home. During the first 24 hours, you may feel groggy from the anesthesia and/or other medications. You may notice tightness, tingling, a sporadic sharp pain, pulling, burning and/or cold sensations in your forehead area. Your scalp will be numb because your nerves have been partially separated during your surgery. This is all normal and to be expected.
Bruising and swelling are normal parts of brow lift recovery and tend to last about 10 days. Some people may develop black eyes after a brow lift. Applying cold compresses on your head and face can help keep swelling and bruising to a minimum.
There may be some mild to moderate discomfort after your brow lift, but you should be up and about within two days. Any pain should be alleviated with your prescribed pain medication. Dr. Nickodem will tell you when you can wash your hair and perform certain tasks. Most patients can return to work with makeup in about two weeks, and the full effects of your brow lift should be visible in approximately 1 month’s time.
During your recovery, it’s important to follow Dr. Nickodem’s instructions regarding alcohol use and the use of certain medications that may increase bleeding risk such as aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen.
It is also important that you walk around a few times a day starting on the day of your surgery. This boosts circulation and helps reduce your risk of developing a blood clot. If you experience any leg pain, swelling or redness, report it to Dr. Nickodem as soon as possible.
Other indications of serious complications during your brow lift recovery may include excessive pain or redness, or pus around the incisions. Take your temperature regularly. An elevated temperature could mean an infection. Protect yourself by taking your prescribed medications on time and not skipping any doses.
To learn more about brow lift recovery or to schedule a surgery consultation in Annandale, contact Anne Nickodem, M.D., at 703-560-5711 or aestheticallyyours.com today.