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Brow Lift Surgery Recovery

By Brian Kobienia, MD, FACS on March 29, 2012


If you are tired of unsightly forehead wrinkles that make you look worn out and older than you are, you may be considering the popular cosmetic surgery procedure called brow lift. By lifting and tightening the skin on the forehead between the eye brows and the hairline, a skilled surgeon can create a more youthful and attractive appearance. Some brow lift patients say they look and feel 10 years younger after their procedure.

Just like any surgery, proper recovery can help ensure the best results and reduce post-surgery complications and side effects. Following your doctor’s orders regarding brow lift surgery is key to a speedy recovery, which will allow you to show off your new and improved look sooner.

Minneapolis plastic surgeon Brian K. Kobienia is experienced in helping our patients look and feel younger with brow lift. Dr. Kobiena can evaluate your individual condition and advise you on what you can expect during recovery following your surgery.

What to Expect With Brow Lift Surgery Recovery

Following your brow lift surgery, it is common for you to feel some numbness in the forehead. This condition can last a few days or a few weeks after your surgery before it gradually goes away.

Other common symptoms associated with recovering from brow lift include:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Discomfort

Most brow lift patients are able to return to work and other daily activities about a week after their surgery. Patients who undergo the less-invasive endoscopic brow lift can get back to normal even sooner. Exercise and more rigorous activity that is likely to increase your blood pressure should be avoided for several weeks.

During the first few days following the operation, plan on getting plenty of rest. A few days after surgery, you likely will have a follow-up appointment with your surgeon, who may change your bandages and check on your recovery progress. About a week after surgery, your surgeon may remove the sutures and examine your healing progress.

Tips for Successful Brow Lift Surgery

While some swelling on the forehead is normal following brow lift, there are ways to reduce swelling and shorten your recovery period.

Some tips for reducing swelling during brow lift surgery recovery include:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Eat a healthy, low-sodium diet
  • Get plenty of rest and resume daily activities gradually
  • Keep your head slightly elevated, especially while sleeping
  • Avoid taking medications that may worsen swelling and tell your doctor about any medications you are taking

Some patients use brow lift compression garments to reduce swelling on the forehead as part of their recovery. By wrapping the forehead in gauze or bandages, similar to wearing a headband, patients may be able to control swelling. By holding the surgical area firmly against the forehead, the loose skin is able to better heal without sagging.

Contact Our Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon

A successful brow lift surgery recovery requires you to follow doctor’s orders and take it easy for a few weeks after your surgery. If you do so, your chances of getting the results you want and avoiding painful complications are much greater. Minneapolis eyelid surgery professional Dr. Brian K. Kobienia can evaluate your individual condition and advise you on the best brow lift surgery recovery process. Contact Dr. Kobienia today to schedule a consultation.

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