Brow Lift Instruction

Preparing for Brow Lift Surgery

  • Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications for 2 weeks prior to surgery. Acetaminophen (Tylenol or generic equivalent) and a daily multivitamin are fine.
  • Avoid hair coloring, permanents, or other hair treatments for 2 weeks before and 4 weeks after surgery.
  • Stop taking herbal medications two weeks before surgery as these may thin your blood or interact with perioperative medications.
  • Refrain from smoking two weeks before and two weeks after surgery. Nicotine and tobacco can delay healing and can result in scarring.
  • Avoid significant sun exposure for two weeks before surgery. Ideally, you should be wearing SPF 30 or higher every day.
  • Purchase the following non-prescription items from a drug store:
    • Vaseline or Aquaphor ointment
    • Stool softener (docusate). Constipation is common with use of pain medications and surgical recovery.
    • Baby shampoo. This is ideal for early hair care after surgery
    • Stock up on easy to prepare, easy to chew meals and snacks. It is not uncommon to have some temporary discomfort with chewing after this surgery.
  • Arrange to have someone to drive you home from surgery and stay with you for at least 24 hours after the procedure.

The Day before Surgery

  • You will receive a call with the time to arrive for your procedure.
  • Do not have anything to eat or drink (even water) after midnight the night before your surgery.

The Day of Surgery

  • Do not eat or drink anything, including water, the morning of surgery. Essential medications may be taken with a sip of water
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes that button or zip. Avoid slipover clothing.
  • Leave your valuables at home; do not wear jewelry or piercings.
  • Avoid all make-up, hairspray, and nail polish.
  • Do not wear contacts, ok to wear glasses if needed.
  • Bring your ID and insurance card with you.

Post-Operative Care

  • You will have a dressing in place for approximately 24 hours. We will schedule an appointment the next day for removal.
  • After the dressing is removed, use a Q-tip to apply vaseline or Aquaphor ointment to your scalp incisions just behind the hairline.
  • Keep your scalp incisions out of the shower for 48 hours, ok to gently wash your face with a washcloth. After 48 hours it is ok to wash hair gently with baby shampoo.
  • Keep your head elevated for the first 48 hours. A recliner is best. Sleeping with extra pillows works as well. This will minimize swelling and help avoid rolling over during sleep.
  • Icepacks should be used over the eyes and forehead. Do this for the first 48 hours to help with swelling and bruising.
  • There will be areas of decreased sensation or numbness on your forehead and scalp. The sensation will normalize with time. Be very careful to avoid trauma/burns when using curling irons, hot rollers, blow dryers, warm packs and ice packs.
  • No heavy lifting, bending over, or straining until cleared at follow up appointment.
  • It is ok to wear contacts the day after surgery, unless you had a blepharoplasty at the same time.
  • You may start wearing makeup 5 days after surgery, but do not apply to incisions.
  • Avoid hair coloring or permanents for 1 months after surgery.