A browlift is also known as a forehead lift. It Reduces the wrinkle lines that develop horizontally across the forehead, as well as those that occur on the bridge of the nose and between the eyes. As we age, unsightly wrinkle lines may appear on the forehead. Frown lines between the brows can make us look angry or "too serious." Skin relaxation may cause the eyebrows to drop, hooding our upper eyelids and making us look tired. If you are bothered by these signs of aging in the brow region, a brow lift may be right for you.
You are a candidate if you are physically healthy, a non-smoker and have realistic goals
Each patient is different. A prescription for pain medication will be given to you if you need it. Some patients use the medication, and some do not. Anti-nausea and anti-inflammatory medications will also be ordered and may or may not be necessary. Prescriptions are called in to your pharmacy except for narcotic pain medications which require a paper prescription.
During your brow lift recovery, your forehead may be taped and/or your head may be loosely wrapped to minimize swelling and bruising after the procedure is completed. A thin tube may be present to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect under the skin. You should keep your head elevated and perform no vigorous physical activity for as long as your surgeon recommends. Do not use ice or heat on the operated area.
Initial wound healing may take 10 to 14 days. Sutures and staples will be removed when it is appropriate. You should be ready to return to work and normal activity after 10-14 days. Cosmetics can help camouflage any bruising. Even though you will look presentable to the public, you will find that the healing will continue for several weeks, as the swelling dissipates, and incision lines refine and fade. It may take several months for your complete recovery.
It's important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, swelling, abrasion or motion during the time of healing. We will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself after surgery.
Visit your primary care doctor for a medical evaluation. Stop smoking if you smoke. Avoid aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and alcohol 2 weeks before surgery because they may increase bleeding and bruising.