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What to Expect

Listen to the doctor carefully as he or she explains the medical procedure. If surgery is scheduled, follow all pre-surgery instructions to a T. Some of these instructions will include things such as avoiding medications that can cause increased bleeding: aspirin, Advil, Motrin, ibuprofen, warfarin, and certain arthritis medications.

Persons who smoke will be asked to stop smoking about two weeks before the surgery date. Among other things, smoking slows down the healing process. The doctor will most probably list other precautions, particular to your own situation. The important thing to remember is that all pre-op precautions are for a reason. Each should be taken seriously to help ensure surgery success.

After-surgery expectations for browlifts, both classic and endoscopic, differ. Patients who have had a classic browlift may experience numbness and temporary discomfort around the incision area. Prescription medication may be indicated.

The doctor may recommend that the patient keep her head elevated for two or three days to help keep swelling down. Swelling and mild discoloration may affect the eye area down to the cheeks, but usually begins to fade within a week. As healing progresses, the incision area may itch.

Post-op endoscopic patients may experience some numbness and discomfort, as well as mild swelling. Pain is usually minor and can be controlled with over-the-counter pain meds. The sensation of itching while healing is also minor, in most cases.

Stitches or staples after browlift surgery are usually removed within 7 days; temporary fixation screws by 2 weeks.

Overall, recovery from browlift surgery is uncomplicated and quick. Most people can return to work or their regular daily activities within 10 days or less; endoscopic patients even sooner. Vigorous recreation and activities, including heavy housework, jogging, bending, and other activities that increase blood pressure, should be limited or postponed for several weeks. Exposure to heat or sun should be limited even longer.

Within just a few weeks, most visible signs of surgery should be gone. Artistic use of makeup camouflages any remaining minor bruising, and you should like what you see. A younger-looking you!

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