The recovery period following brow lift surgery is the time when your results begin to finalize. Therefore, you should carefully follow all instructions from your plastic surgeon to help ensure the outcome is as you discussed. To provide you with the best experience possible and to assist you in healing to the best of your ability, Dr. Charles Perry will go into detail about what to expect during recovery at your initial consultation. While every treatment plan is customized, most patients will go through similar stages of rehabilitation. You can use the following information to guide you through the process, though your experience may vary somewhat:
Once you return home from surgery, you’re encouraged to relax and take time off from work, but you should try to keep your head elevated as much as possible, even while sleeping. Most patients take one to two weeks off from their normal routine, after which they can begin easing back into day-to-day activities. Swelling, bruising, and numbness in and around the treated area is normal, and we will prescribe medication to ease any discomfort. You should avoid strenuous activity for at least a month, and Dr. Perry will provide more specific instructions on do’s and don’ts. In most cases you will be able to shower and shampoo your hair within a couple of days, or when the bandage is removed. Patients who have an endoscopic brow lift often experience a shorter recovery period, but it’s important not to push yourself faster than your body can heal. Swelling will continue for some time, but this effect should be less noticeable with each passing month.
Think of recovery as the perfect time to catch up on all the things you never have time to enjoy, like reading, watching movies, and other easy-going pursuits. Soon enough, your brow should heal and you can be back to normal events with a happier and younger-looking appearance.