A surgical procedure such as brow lift plastic surgery involves a few days of post-operative recovery. At the time of the initial consultation, the surgeon will inform the patient about the recovery process as well as the expected downtime involved. They will also provide guidelines for post-op incision care and other steps.
It is important for the patient to have clarity on the expected side effects and the potential indications of complications. They should be willing to follow the surgeon’s guidelines for a safe and predictable recovery.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides forehead lift to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations.
In the initial 48 hours following the brow lift cosmetic surgery, the patient should apply ice packs around the eyes to reduce swelling.
In addition, they should sleep with their head in an elevated position for around one week. Some tightness in the forehead and brow regions may be felt initially. To ensure that the patient remains comfortable, the surgeon may prescribe mild pain medication for a few days.
The placement of temporary drains in the incision areas may not be a part of brow lift recovery. There may be prominent inflammation in the initial few days.
However, it will start to subside from the second week. The patient may experience minimal bruising in the brow, and the adjacent areas may have slightly more bruising. This will subside completely in around two to three weeks.
The patient may shower or bathe from the second day of the procedure. But they should avoid steam and sauna, hot water baths, and hairdryer use to prevent any damage to the skin or hair in the treated areas. The temporary numbness in the skin may make it risky to use hot water as the patient may not feel the heat.
The sutures may be removed nearly one week after the brow lift cosmetic surgery. The patient should perform gentle walks and light activities during the initial week. However, they should avoid aggressive exercises and activities for around three weeks or more. Post-op appointments with the surgeon should be maintained in a diligent manner to monitor progress.
The final results of a brow lift will manifest over a few months. The hairline incisions and the scalp will heal completely in around six months, creating a more youthful upper face appearance.
While the effects of aging will continue to develop in the following years, some of the treated areas, such as the frown line region in the brows may not become severe for a long duration.
For a safe and predictable recovery, the patient should follow the surgeon’s post-op care guidelines in a dedicated way. They should wear the bandages for around two days following the surgery as well as protect the incision areas against contaminants to mitigate infection risks.
In case the surgeon prescribes an ointment or gel to reduce scarring, the patient should use it as prescribed, but carefully avoid contact with the eyes. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for forehead lift.
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