Surgery Recovery Time
Post-operative recovery and care is a major part of the brow lift plastic surgery. It will have a significant impact on the effectiveness of final results. During the pre-operative consultation, your surgeon will let you know the estimated downtime. They will advise you on post-operative care guidelines as well.
You should speak with the surgeon frankly and clear all your doubts regarding the recovery. The surgeon will help you set an appropriate schedule for full and proper recovery. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bram Kaufman provides brow lift / forehead lift surgery to patients in Cleveland, Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Lyndhurst, OH, and surrounding locations.
Post-operative Care and Recovery
Prior to the recovery stage, you would receive detailed post-operative care instructions. These are a few of the important ones:
- Steps to care for your incisions so as to prevent an infection
- Side effects and symptoms you may experience during the recovery period
- Signs of complications
- Estimated downtime (this varies according to the extent and the type of surgery performed)
Following the forehead lift, your surgeon will ask you to undergo ice therapy. They will recommend placing cold compress around the treated site to minimize bruising. You should follow this judiciously in the first 48 hours. You should also try and keep your head elevated during the first week while sleeping.
The surgeon and their team will monitor your progress. You would be asked to come in for a post-op consultation at the end of the first week after your forehead lift cosmetic surgery.
You may experience a strange tightness across the top of your head and brow. Mild pain medications may be prescribed by the surgeon for reducing this sensation. You should expect temporary numbness along with swelling and bruising, which will subside by the fourth or fifth day of the surgery.
Bruising will be more prominent around the brows, which will resolve on its own by the third week. You should avoid showering the day of the surgery. However, you should take care while using hot water since it may affect your scalp.
Sutures would remain in place for 7 to 10 days following the forehead plastic surgery. Your surgeon will remove the stitches after that. You may be asked to perform mild activities to avoid blood clots. You would be cleared to start driving from the second or third week. You should be able to return to work from the second week.
The scalp may be itchy for a while as the forehead nerve begins regaining sensation gradually. The numbness should take care of itself within a few weeks. You should begin work slowly once you are back to your routine. Don’t hurry into your work or place any kind of stress on your body.
It may take a few months for the final results of the brow lift procedure to become apparent. Hairline incisions on the scalp should heal fully in six months. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Bram Kaufman receives patients from Cleveland, Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Lyndhurst, OH, and nearby areas for brow lift / forehead lift surgery.
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