Post Op Browlift

Browlift Post-Op Recovery Instructions

  1. Expect considerable swelling and bruising, not of the forehead, but of the eyes below. Between gravity and the compression of the head wrap, most of swelling and bruising is driven south into the eyelids. A head wrap is placed at the end of surgery that covers the forehead. It may be removed and left off the first day after surgery.
  2. Unless the eyes (blepharoplasty) have been done with the browlift, there is no need for applying cold compresses to the eyes.
  3. In browlifts, the sutures may be in the scalp or just at the hairline. Either way, there is no need to apply antibiotic ointment. It is alright to leave the sutures ‘dry’.
  4. You may shower and wash your hair the next day after surgery. Getting the sutures wet does not increase the risk of infection.
  5. Your sutures will be removed 10 days after surgery.
  6. Your forehead and front part of the scalp can feel numb for weeks after surgery. Most of the normal feeling to the forehead will return in 4 to 6 weeks after surgery.
  7. You may resume the wearing contacts immediately unless you have had your eyelids done at the same time.
  8. The use of eye makeup (eyeliner, eyeshadow) should not be used for 1 week after surgery. Cover-up or concealer may be used on bruised areas after your sutures have been removed.
  9. Exercise and strenuous physical activities should not be done for 2 weeks after surgery. Bending over (head below one’s waist) should be particularly avoided within the first week after surgery.
  10. The muscles that move your forehead will not work normally for weeks to several months after surgery. This will change the way you frown and raise your eyebrows. For many browlift patients, this will be viewed as a good thing.