Brow Lift After Care Instructions

  • After surgery keep your head elevated on at least 2 pillows.
  • Avoid straining of any kind for the first 48 hours. While awake in bed, please flex your feet and legs 3-5 times every hour.
  • When getting out of bed to go to the bathroom, do so only with assistance especially if your eye are swollen.
  • Apply ice bags (crushed ice is best) or surgical pads close to the surgical sites and to your eyelids as much as possible during the first 48 hours after surgery as this will reduce the amount of swelling you will have post-operatively.
  • For the first 48 hours, please avoid any type of straining. However it is good to get out of bed and sit in a chair after surgery.
  • If you have pain, discomfort, or anxiety take the pain medication every 3-4 hours. It is best to take the pain medication with crackers, jello, etc. If you do not have pain please do not take the pain medication. Do not drink alcohol while you are taking pain and/or anti-anxiety medication.
  • A light diet is best following surgery that day. Begin by taking liquids slowly and progress to soups or jello. You may start with a soft, regular diet the next day.
  • You can expect some swelling of the face and eyes after surgery. If the swelling on one side is definitely more pronounced than on the other side or if you are having pain which is not relived by the pain medication please call the plastic surgeon on call at 573-882-4141.
  • If your eyes feel dry, use a tear substitute solution as you need it (Refresh Plus is excellent; you can buy it over the count and you can use it every 30 minutes if needed) to keep your eyes moist and comfortable.
  • You can remove any remaining head bandages 36-48 hours after surgery and wash your hair with baby shampoo. Lather your hair gently using the palms of your hands and rinse thoroughly until the soap is out. It may take several washings before all the crusts are out of your hair. Do not use hairsprays while stitches and clips are in place. You may use a moisturizer on your face. Use a hair shampoo/conditioner to get the antibiotic ointment out of your hair.
  • Excessive and strenuous activities should be avoided for 3 weeks; keep your hear rate below 100 beats per minute during that time and do not lift more than 10 pounds. Slowly increase your activities after 2 weeks so that full activities can be resumed in 3 weeks.

General Instructions

  • Often eye tearing and swelling occur after brow surgery. This will cease as the swelling subsides.
  • You may have a dull-type headache for several days after surgery. This is normal.
  • Tightness of the eyelids is a normal feeling after the surgery. This may make it hard to close the eyelids completely. This will relax with time.
  • Contactc may be worn when the eyes start feeling normal and the majority of swelling has subsided. This is usually around 4-5 days.
  • Your forehead will feel tight and there will be a feeling of numbness in these areas for several months after the surgery. This will gradually disappear and the feeling will return in about 6 months.
  • All incisions will be extremely sensitive during the healing phase. Direct sun contact is to be avoided and always use a sunscreen with SPF 20 or greater with UVA and UVB protection even on cloudy days for at least 6 months.
  • Please take all medications carefully and only as directed.
  • If you have nausea, vomiting, rash, shortness of breath, or diarrhea after taking your medication, please call the plastic surgeon on call at 573-882-4141.
  • If you develop a fever (oral temperature greater than 100 degrees) redness or increased pain at the site of the surgical incisions, please notify the plastic surgeon on call immediately at 573-882-4141.