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How Long is the Recovery from Brow Lift?

I am getting a Brow lift in 2 weeks and I am wondering how long the recovery is?

How much pain will I be in after the procedure and how safe is it?

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Browlift Recovery Time

There are a variety of browlift procedures, and they each vary in terms of recovery time. Most commonly, the endoscopic procedure requires 6 days, the midforehead 8 days, and the lateral and trichophytic approaches all require 4 to 7 days for near complete recovery and presentability.

Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Recovery time from a brow lift


Recovery time from a standard brow lift is usually about 2 wks. Your recovery can be sooner if you can sleep without laying on your back. I generally advice my patients to sleep in their lounge chairs, easy chairs anything that will keep you from laying down. You can also buy those neck pillows people take with them on air-flights to help keep your head up right. Keeping your head elevated helps keep swelling and bruising at a minimum. Discontinue pain relievers that contain aspirin also helps. Usually, pain is not an issue with this procedure. Patients complain of  'tightness' more than pain. I ask that patients abstain from chewing anything that requires them to chew for too long. Do not do anything that will raise your blood pressure for at least 3wks ie, exercise, heavy lifting, straining, etc. Hope you find this info helpful, best wishes!

Gary M. Horndeski, MD
Texas Plastic Surgeon
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Browlift Recovery Time

Following a Browlift, we generally advise our patients to take up to 2 weeks off to recover. The stitches come out within one week, and the majority of the swelling and bruising will be gone after 2 weeks. Pain Management is very important, so we always give our patients prescription medication to keep them comfortable and as pain-free as possible throughout the whole recovery period.
Browlift Surgery is extremely common, and the risks should be discussed entirely with your surgeon. However, choosing a Facial Plastic Surgeon, an expert in the face, for your browlift is one of the ways to minimize possible risks associated with undergoing surgery.

Cory Torgerson, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Brow Lift Recovery

It all depends on the technique used. The most invasive brow lift is a "coronal" lift. The incision is across the scalp, and while this sounds excessive, it will give you the most dramatic result. The recovery time is usually about two weeks. A less invasive procedure is the "endoscopic" lift using cameras and smaller incisions. The result is generally not as dramatic and the recovery is slightly less - usually about 7-10 days. The least invasive and with the shortest recovery is the "endotine" brow lift. This is done under local anesthesia and an upper blepharoplasty is performed at the same time. The same incision is used. A small dissolvable clip is placed and this will help hold the brow in its newly slightly elevated position.

Louis C. Cutolo, Jr., MD, FACS
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Toronto Brow Lift


It depends on the technique used. I primarily perform endoscopic brow lifts which have a rather short recovery time of 7-14 days for most swelling/bruising. A formal open coronal brow lift will have a longer recovery time. You should discuss this with your PS.


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How Long is the Recovery from Brow Lift?


Most brow lifts will take 2 weeks or so to heal and look presentable. Certain brow lifts will bruise more than others so the type of lift will matter as well.

Kurtis Martin, MD
Cincinnati Plastic Surgeon
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Browlift Recovery


Some normal bruising and swelling will follow for about 7-10 days following your browlift, so the use of cold compresses is recommended for faster healing. You may experience some numbness and itching in the days following your forehead lift as well, but this will go away over time. A wrap dressing is carefully removed the day after your procedure, and the sutures come out 7-10 days later. Patients can typically resume normal activities in about two weeks.

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Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Browlift Recovery Ranges Between 10-14 Days


Recovery from brow lift varies from patient to patient. The majority of patients have recovered sufficiently in 10-14 days to resume most of their normal activities. At this point most of the swelling and bruising have resolved completely.
The majority of pain is gone in 2 to 3 days following surgery. During this period of time, patients are given narcotic pain relievers and then switched to double strength Tylenol.
Strenuous activities that might raise blood pressure should be avoided for about 4 to 6 weeks. At this time, recovery is complete and patients should be able to resume normal activities without restrictions.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Brow Lift Recovery Time is around 2 weeks


Recovery usually takes anywhere from 5 days to a full 2 weeks. There are factors that can help a person's recovery time shorten which include sleeping in more of a sitting position in something like an easy chair. That is to keep your head more upright, which in turn will lessen edema and bruising.



Edward E. Dickerson, IV, MD
Fayetteville Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

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