You're thinking about brow lift surgery, you understand the procedure and the results after intensively researching the subject, you've consulted your surgeon, and now you've made the made decision to go ahead with it.
The actual brow lift surgery will take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the type of procedure and the extent of the work being performed. You already know that this procedure will help reduce those revealing signs of aging as you hope to eliminate those frown line, wrinkles, and droopy eyebrows. You've seen you friend's result - she looks about 10 years younger after receiving her brow lift - and seemingly acts that way too!
Well the path to those excellent results won't come instantaneously. Like any other surgical procedure, proper brow lift recovery is the key to faster healing, which will then allow you to show of your enhanced appearance with newfound invigoration.
Following the surgery, you will feel numbness in the forehead, with expected redness, swelling and discomfort. That's OK, its normal around these regions where the incisions were made. Be sure to take your pain-relievers and antibiotics to minimize any pain felt and prevent infections from occurring. If you have excessive pain, redness, pus or other symptoms that do not appear normal, contact your surgeon immediately!
The first few days following the operation will require plenty of rest. You should avoid any sort of activity that gets your blood pressure up. When sleeping, it's a good idea to keep your head up and elevated to allow drainage from the head. After a few days, your surgeon may change your bandages or wait till later on in the week depending on your recovery progress. Patients are not advised to use any sort of skin irritant like dyes, tints, and skin care products at least for a few days. You should be able to wash your hair right away if you wish.
By the end of the first week you should be able to go to the surgeon's office for a post-op examination. They will usually remove the sutures around this time and examine your healing progress. Normally, people are well enough to go back to work a week after the surgery, although any strenuous activity should be avoided for approximately 3 weeks.
As time goes by, you may notice hair loss or hair thinning around the incisions - don't worry, that is a normal side effect of the procedure and is typically temporary. The numbness and discomfort should subside, but may be replaced by an incessant itchiness. This is a sign of nerve regeneration after it had been damaged in the scalp.
You should be fully healed one to two months after the operation and can resume your previous activities - and be proud of your new and improved appearance. A brow lift is a dramatic change that can knock years off your face.
It is important to remember that the results of the brow lift are not permanent as the skin and muscle will continue to loosen with age and activity. However, the results are long-lasting with maximum duration considered to be about 10 years.