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                                         How to Prepare for a Brow Lift or Forehead Lift Procedure

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How to Prepare for a Brow Lift


During the consultation, your surgeon will go over the different brow lift techniques and will show you which one will be right for you. You will also be given instructions on what medications to avoid during your surgery. There are many medications - both prescription and over the counter that can thin your blood and cause increased bleeding. Make sure you tell your surgeon everything you are taking. A list of over the counter medications and supplements to avoid will be given to you during your preoperative consultation. 


During the consultation, the patient needs to make sure that their surgeon is aware:

  • All medical problems or conditions

  • Eye conditions - glaucoma, dry eye, detached retina

  • Thyroid problems (overactive or under-active)

  • Including poor circulation - including cardiovascular disease

  • High blood pressure

  • Diabetes

  • Blood clotting disorders

  • Excessive scarring - keloid or hypertrophic scarring

  • If you are a smoker

  • Previous surgeries

  • All medication that a patient is taking

  • Any medication you are allergic to


If you are a smoker, most surgeons like you to quit at least two weeks prior the surgical procedure and also for two weeks after.  Make sure you read our section on smoking and cosmetic surgery procedures. All forms of nicotine need to be stopped - cigarettes, nicotine gum, and also nicotine patches can all lead to healing problems. 

Avoid alcohol or salty foods for three days prior to surgery to decrease fluid retention and swelling.

Nutrition is very important both before and after your surgery.  Eating the proper diet will help your body heal with making sure it gets the proper nutrients and vitamins

More than likely your surgeon will ask you to see your primary physician for a physical exam and blood tests (CBC) Complete Blood Count to make sure you are healthy.  

Follow your plastic surgeon's pre and post operative instructions.





The surgeon will evaluate each detail of your upper face in order to see what brow lift technique will be right for you:

  • The quality of your skin

  • Position of your eyebrows

  • Position of your hairline

  • Amount of excess skin in your upper eyelids

  • Asymmetry between your eyes and eye-brows

  • Bone structure of your forehead and eyes

  • Muscle tone of your forehead

  • Wrinkles across your forehead, frown lines, and crow's feet





Come to the surgery center wearing loose, comfortable clothing on the day of the brow lift.  Wearing a button-down blouse or shit that does not have to be pulled over your neck or head is beneficial.

Your plastic surgeon will instruct you on how much time you will need to take off in order to recover and heal properly from brow lift surgery. Most recommend at least seven to ten days.

Having a home recovery area set up before you have surgery will help.


This should include the following suggestions:

  • Post op pain medication - antibiotics - anti-nausea medication should be filled before you get home from the surgery center

  • Make arrangements to be driven to surgery and home after your surgery.

  • Gauze - bandages and towels

  • Ice-packs (your surgeon will recommend a time table of when to use these)

  • Thermometer

  • Comfortable loose clothing (button down shirts or blouses that do not have to be pulled down over your head)

  • Antibacterial ointment for incision sites (only if directed by your own plastic surgeon)

  • Supply of extra pillows to help keep your head elevated.

  • Extra blankets

  • Magazines, books and or other reading material

  • If you watch television, make sure you can view the screen from the angle you should be in for recovery position (keeping your head elevated)

  • Place a telephone nearby

  • Supply of drinks and food that doesn't require preparation

  • Someone who can stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery








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