What happens on the day of the Brow Lift procedure?
You must arrive on time to be fully admitted by the medical team. Smoking and illicit drug use must be avoided before the procedure. Smoking increases the risk of some serious complications during and after surgery. Ideally, you should stop smoking at least 6-weeks prior to a procedure, cutting down does not reduce the risk of complications, however, the greatest health benefit is gained by quitting smoking for good. More information about the possible complications, as well as information about how to quit, is available here.
Blood pressure must be under good control, and all other medical conditions must be stable. Blood thinners must be avoided if possible. You must fast on the day of the procedure- you are able to eat dinner as usual the night before, then you must stop drinking fluids at midnight. On the morning of the procedure you can take a small sip of water to take your pre-surgery medication.
The surgery is performed under sedation (rather than general anaesthesia) with local tumescent anaesthesia to make the area numb. This procedure is usually completed within 1-2 hours. Many patients will have the upper and lower eyelid surgery at the same time, and potentially other procedures such as Fat Transfer and Forehead Thread Lift. Expect to be drowsy after the procedure, this is a side effect of the sedation, but not in substantial discomfort.
You must be collected by a competent supervising adult and observed the first night. Any severe pain or swelling must be immediately reported to us. The following day you will be reviewed by our team and all of the aftercare instructions must be followed.
What happens after the Brow Lift procedure?
You will need to rest for at least 5-days and avoid any strenuous activity. Smoking must be avoided. If sutures have been used, they will be removed on Day 7, and many patients can return to work by approximately Day 7. This may be shorter or longer, depending on swelling and bruising.
Exercise should be avoided for 2-weeks except for walking, followed by a gradual cautious return.
Dr Glenn Murray
Cosmetic Doctor and Medical
Dr Glenn Murray completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Western Australia. He continued his training; undertaking both cosmetic medicine and cosmetic surgery training. Dr Glenn Murray has trained with some of the best Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeons in the US and around the world. He is the past president of the Cosmetic Society and has completed Blepharoplasty and Non-Surgical Periorbital Transformation training with the European College of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery. Dr Murray has a special interest in repairing botched oversees surgery and more information on this can we found here.
Dr Murray, our Medical Director, at Absolute Cosmetic Medicine is committed to providing exceptional care to every patient. His full resume can be seen here.
*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risk. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified practitioner.