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.
- 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.