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Browlift / Forehead Lift - Recovering after Surgery
Dr. Kincaid - San Diego, Inland Empire, Temecula Plastic Surgeon

Forehead/Brow Lift Information provided by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Many browlift San Diego patients are concerned about the recovery time following their procedure. Dr. Kincaid has created this page to help patients better understand what the time after surgery will be like.

Forehead Lift After

How will I look and feel initially?

It is important to realize that the amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly. The first evening after surgery, you should rest quietly with your head elevated. Initially, you may experience some mild discomfort that can be controlled with oral medication. Remember, you must not take aspirin or certain anti-inflammatory medications, and you should not smoke or be exposed to heavy secondary smoke for a while following surgery.

You will notice some temporary puffiness and discoloration that may involve the eyelid and cheek areas as well. Typically, swelling and bruising will be almost totally resolved within a couple of weeks. You may use camouflage makeup almost immediately. If incisions were placed in front of the hairline, you should be careful not to apply makeup directly on any stitches. Expect temporary numbness and possibly some itching of the scalp as the nerves heal.

Any head dressings and drain tubes that have been inserted are usually removed one or two days after surgery. Showering and washing your hair will be delayed a day or two later. Stitches or clips, if used, will be removed within a couple of weeks.

When can I resume my normal activities?

As a leading Temecula plastic surgery specialist, Dr. Kincaid warns his patients that they should avoid straining, bending and lifting during the early postoperative period. In many instances, however, you will be able to resume most of your normal activities in ten days or less. You will be advised to wait several weeks before resuming strenuous activity and exercise. You should temporarily avoid exposure to direct sunlight and, for the long-term, be conscientious about the use of a sunblock to protect your skin.

Results of Your Forehead Surgery

A forehead lift eliminates the tired, worried or angry expression often caused by low eyebrow position and deep forehead furrows. Since the healing process is gradual, you should expect to wait at least several weeks to get an accurate picture of how you look.

How long will the results last?

How long the results of your forehead lift will last depends on many variables including your heredity and lifestyle factors. Even though the aging process continues, patients are usualy happy with their apperance for many years following a forehead lift. Some patients find that they want to make additional improvements at a later time.

Maintaining a Relationship with Your Plastic Surgeon

You will return to your plastic surgeon's office for follow-up care at prescribed intervals, at which time your progress will be evaluated. Your surgeon will encourage you to schedule routine mammographic evaluations at the frequency recommended for your age group. Please remember that the relationship with your plastic surgeon does not end when you leave the operating room. If you have questions or concerns during your recovery, or need additional information at a later time, you should contact your surgeon.

The recovery time can be difficult for some patients. That is why Dr. Kincaid works closely with his Inland Empire, Temecula and San Diego breast augmentation, face lift, tummy tuck, rhinoplasty and liposuction patients to help them achieve the most rewarding results possible.

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For San Diego browlift/forehead lift surgery choose Stuart Kincaid.

For more information visit The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Procedure Information Courtesy of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery