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                 Brow Lift or Forehead Lift Recovery

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The brow lift recovery time depends on the type of procedure performed and the patient’s own body and its recovery rate. As soon as the brow lift procedure is over the patient may feel groggy from the anesthesia. The forehead area will normally be taped or wrapped in a bandage.  Depending on your plastic surgeon and what he feels is best for the patient, you might have a drain to help eliminate any excess fluid from the surgical area.


Patients who have had a coronal incision, may experience some numbness and temporary discomfort around the incision. As the nerves heal, numbness on the top of your scalp may be replaced by itching. These sensations may take as long as six months to fully disappear.


Patients who have had an endoscopic lift may also experience some numbness, incision discomfort and mild swelling. However, incision site pain is usually minimal. Endoscopic forehead lift patients usually experience less of the itching sensation felt by patients who have had the classic forehead lift. 



                            Endoscopic Brow Lift Incision

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What to Expect

Patients are advised to take it easy for at least 7 to 10 days.  More than likely, you will be instructed to keep your head elevated.  There will be some swelling and or pain associated with this procedure, however; oral pain medication will be prescribed to help maintain pain control.

  • Antibiotics will also be prescribed, and it is very important to make sure you take all the medication that is given to you, as this will help fight off any potential infection that might happen. 

  • Taking the patient's temperature daily, as any fever is the result of a possible infection. 

  • Taking the pain medication on time will help with any break through pain.

  • Most patients do develop a headache from the tension placed on their scalp - but this is managed with oral pain medication.

  • When taking medication such as an antibiotic and pain medication, both can cause stomach upset if taken on a empty stomach.  Make sure you have something to eat first before taking the medication.  Your surgeon might also have prescribed anti-enemic or (anti-nausea) medication.

  • Take all medication as directed, and if you have any side effects be sure to contact your plastic surgeon's office immediately.





Cold compresses will help prevent swelling and bruising.  If there is any pus or redness in the incision area, you should contact your surgeon immediately.  The third day post operative is normally the hardest for the patient, as swelling is at its maximum.  Bruising and swelling are normal symptoms post operative, however if you notice excessive amount - it could mean possibly a hematoma or a seroma

Swelling in the lower facial area - such as the eyelids and cheek area occurs as swelling tends to migrate down as the healing continues.  Ice packs can be applied to the area to help with the swelling. 

Ointment and eye-drops are recommended for the eyes because of dryness from the surgery.




Stitches or staples will be removed within a week or two - depending on the procedure you have had.  Most patients are able to shower and shampoo your hair within a few days or when the bandage is removed.  Hair shafts will be a bit thinner surrounding the incision for a few weeks or months, but normal growth will usually resume. Permanent hair loss or alopecia is rare.

You may experience temporary forehead numbness during the recovery period.  Sometimes this can extend into several months before sensation is returned.   The numbness in the forehead and scalp are is normal for the first six weeks to six months and can on occasion take up to two years before the sensation returns. 

The return of sensation maybe be associated with an occasional nerve paresthesias characterized by minor electric shocks or a crawling sensation on your scalp.  This is a good sign - meaning that the sensation and feeling is returning to the forehead area.




Both traditional and endoscopic brow lift patients should avoid strenuous exercise and physical activity for several additional weeks. Avoiding any demanding activity that raises your blood pressure or elevate your heart rate for two to three weeks.  This includes no jogging, aerobics, weightlifting, bending, and heavy housework.  Make sure you check with your own plastic surgeon what your restrictions will be as you recover.




Prolonged exposure to heat or sun should be limited for several months.  If you do go out in the sun, use sunscreen with a SPF of 30.





Most visible signs of surgery with scarring should fade completely within two to three months. Camouflage make-up can cover minor swelling and bruising. Initially tiredness and a let down feeling are usual, but will pass as the patient begins to feel and look better.  Post operative depression is common after a surgical procedure of this magnitude, however; this will pass within a few days. 









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