Brow Lift Recovery

Posted by administration on November 3, 2016

Brow_Lift_Recovery.pngA brow lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure that reduces wrinkle lines, improves frown lines, raises a sagging forehead and places the eyebrows in a more youthful position.

During your brow lift recovery in Location, Dr. Serota may tape your forehead and your head may be loosely wrapped to minimize swelling and bruising after the procedure is completed. In addition, thin tubes (drains) may be in place to remove any excess blood or fluid. Your forehead and scalp may feel tight and hot.

If your brow lift was done on an outpatient basis, you will need a friend or family member to drive you home. You may be groggy from the anesthesia and/or other medications on the first night after your brow lift. You may notice tightness, tingling, a sporadic sharp pain, pulling, burning and/or cold sensations on your forehead in the days and weeks after your brow lift. Your scalp will be numb because your nerves have been partially separated during your surgery. This is normal and to be expected.

Bruising and swelling are normal parts of the brow lift recovery process; these tend to last about 10 days. Some people may develop black eyes after a brow lift. Applying cold compresses on your head and face can help keep swelling and bruising to a minimum.

There may be some mild to moderate discomfort after your brow lift, but you should be up and about within two days. Any pain should be alleviated with your prescribed pain medication. You should be able to wash your hair after a few days. Most people can return to work with makeup in about two weeks, and the full effects of your brow lift should be visible in about one month's time.

Take it easy for the first two to three weeks after surgery. Don't bend over or lift anything that weighs more than 10 to 15 pounds. Don't participate in contact sports for at least six weeks after your brow lift.

During your brow lift recovery, follow Dr. Serota’s instructions regarding alcohol use and the use of certain medications that may increase bleeding risk, such as aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen.

Your first postoperative visit may be as soon as the day after your brow lift surgery. Your bandages may be changed at this visit. Your sutures won't be removed for five to seven days after surgery, while staples will be left in place for up to 10 days. Dr. Serota will evaluate how well you are healing during these visits. If you have any questions or concerns about your recovery, Dr. Serota can answer those for you at any of your visits.

If you would like more information about a brow lift or any other cosmetic procedure that we offer, contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or


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