1) What do I look like when I wake up from surgery?
Following the procedure, you will have a soft head wrap around your head and under your chin. This helps minimize swelling. Initially, some patients report a shiny forehead or a “surprised” look because surgical swelling has raised the eyebrows. As this swelling subsides, the surprised look disappears. You may have some bruising, however, this is typically more pronounced 24-48 hours after the procedure if eyelid surgery has also been performed.
2) Can I do anything to prevent bruising?
Most patents will have a little bruising.
3) What does it feel like when I wake up from surgery?
Most patients report only mild to moderate discomfort, which may be associated with some numbness, itching, tightness or a pulling sensation. These postoperative symptoms subside with time. We will make sure you are not nauseated or queasy. Our nurses will be right there with you as you wake up from surgery to give you special attention.
Patients initially experience numbness for the first six to twelve months following surgery. About two months after surgery, it is common to have itching or “pins and needles” as the sensation returns. This itching is significantly less with an endoscopic browlift than a traditional browlift. This is actually an important point because patients who scratch or “itch” their hairline can thin the hair.
4) Tell me more about the incisions.
The head wrap will be removed in the office the morning following surgery. After the head wrap dressing removed, you will notice little clips in your hair. An elastic bandage will be gently applied to minimize swelling. We ask that you keep the elastic wrap in place at all times for a few days following surgery. After that we will ask you to wear it at bedtime only for about a week. You will be asked to return to the office about seven days from the surgery date for removal of clips. Because most patients tell us their forehead is temporarily numb following browlift, it is uncommon for patients to complain of significant pain with clip removal.
5) When can I shower?
As long as you keep your head dry, you may bathe at any time following the procedure. Approximately four days following browlift, one may shower and gently wash the hair. Also we request that you shower and wash your hair twice before your second postoperative visit: both the evening before and the morning of clip removal (approximately postoperative day seven).
6) Will I need any special prescriptions following surgery?
Yes. Postoperative prescriptions are provided well in advance of surgery day so you arrive home completely prepared. Postoperative prescriptions and over-the-counter medications for browlift patients include the following:
A) An antibiotic (most commonly Keflex/cephalexin) to prevent infection.
B) Pain medication to minimize any discomfort.
C) Vitamin C 3000 mg with food daily for one week following surgery to promote healing.
It is important to continue to avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, Vitamin E, etc. for one week following surgery to prevent bleeding in the p