Recovery Time after a Brow Lift Procedure

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Recovery time after a brow lift procedure is specific to each type of surgery and related to the invasiveness of the operation, if the incisions made a relatively small then facial healing is relatively quick, whereas the more radical operations like that of a mid-forehead or hairline brow lift, will take a longer time in which to heal.

Transblepharoplasty Recovery

In the case of transblepharoplasty it is advised that you constrain your activity so as not to place any unnecessary pressure or strain on your skin, and thus avoid bleeding or rupturing. This is to be heeded for up to two weeks after your surgery.

Endoscopic Brow Lift Recovery

An endoscopic brow lift has a relatively speedy recovery time. Your dressings will be removed the morning after your surgery and you will be allowed to go home. You will have to return to the clinic about two weeks later for a doctor to remove the sutures or staples behind your hairline.

Direct and Mid-Forehead Brow Lift Recovery

After a direct or mid-forehead brow lift, the suture will be applied with antibiotic gel to stop infection, and the wound will be dressed. Because these require quite large removals of tissue and skin the recovery time will be longer, and you will need to stay in hospital overnight. After a week your sutures will be removed on a return visit and you will need to rest for a couple of weeks afterwards, returning to normal activities after a month.

Hairline Brow Lift Recovery

The recovery of a hairline forehead brow lift requires a dressing to be placed over the wound, and ice to be pressed onto the eyelids once every hour to help reduce swelling. Often your bed will be elevated to help dispel blood from the top of the head, and thus stop swelling from taking place. The sutures or staples used behind the hairline will be removed after a week after which time you are expected to rest for a couple of weeks.

Recovery at Home

During your recovery period your doctor will ask you to look after the affected areas using different methods, this will reduce swelling and help the wounds to heal. You will likely be instructed to clean the eyelids or suture wounds a couple of times each day with a sterile saline liquid or sterilised water, after which you will need to apply antibiotic ointment, this will need to be done for around two weeks. During this two week period, you will need to avoid direct sunlight around your eyes, and the use of make-up is also cautioned against.

While bruising can subside after a couple of weeks, swelling takes longer at around a month. Scars will fade after a few months, when they will become white lines. When sleeping it is recommended that you raise your head up on pillows to reduce swelling and aid the healing process. The real effect of your operation can take up to four months to become obvious depending upon the type of surgery you have undertaken, during this time you are advised to use your facial expressions in a limited fashion, so that you can give your tissue and muscles adequate relaxation to heal.

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