How much Bruising After Eyebrow Lift?

how long and how much bruising is involved with endoscopic browlift?

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Bruising after Endoscopic Brow Lift

Although bruising is typically minimal after an endoscopic brow lift, every patient is different. if an individual follows pre-op instructions regarding diet and medication, their recovery will be easier an quicker. I advise patients to assume the worst and allow themselves about 10 days after surgery.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Minimal bruising usually after an endoscopic browlift

Most physicians now perform endoscopic browlifts, which involves placing about 4 small incisions in the hairline. The bulk of the surgical work is done through these ports, and then the brow is fixated to the bone in its new position. Usually the amount of bleeding is minimal. Bruising is usually noted in the lower eyelids, because that's where the blood pools. It takes about a week for all the bruising to resolve.

Before surgery, make sure you discontinue foods and vitamins that can cause increased bleeding (your physician should provide a list to you), as well as aspirin, motrin, advil, blood thinners, etc. You may benefit from the use of Bromelain postoperatively, which helps decrease the bruising. You may hear about taking Arnica montana, but in my experience, it does not help as much as Bromelain.

Theda C. Kontis, MD
Baltimore Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Endoscopic browlift downtime

It takes about two weeks for the bruising to settle after an endoscopic browlift. Usually the bruising is limited to the eyelid areas. I hope this information helps.

Scott Trimas, MD
Jacksonville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Bruising after Eyebrow Lift

I have to say that most patients don't bruise at all after an endoscopic eyebrow lift, or if they do, it's pretty minimal.  Most surgeons inject the operated-upon area with lidocaine with epinephrine (an anesthetic with epinephrine to constrict the blood vessels and minimize bruising).  The endoscopic technique uses small incisions to introduce a camera and thin instruments so that the browlift can be performed without a large incision in the scalp (which is usually know as a "coronal" browlift) or a large incision in front of the hairline (a so called "anterior hairline" browlift).  That's the reason why endoscopic browlifts are so popular - less invasive, less bruising, less potential hair loss., less scalp numbness, and faster recovery.  The disadvantages:  if a patient wishes the brow muscle removed, has a "heavy" brow, lots of asymmetry, or needs bony work - all not the usual for most patients.

Ghada Y. Afifi, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Most patients don't bruise

Everyone is different, but the majority of patients have little to no bruising. If there is some, it can last a week or two.


Jeffrey Schiller, MD
Edison Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Bruising after Eyebrow Lift

While each patient is different, bruising may last as long as 1 to 2 weeks and sometimes shows up around the eyes. Ask you plastic surgeon about makeup to cover the bruises if needed.

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Bruising with brow lifts


Bruising after a brow lift typically isn't an issue with any time of brow lift unless you're doing a full coronal brow lift  during which there is a large incision all the way along your hairline.  Those aren't done very frequently in most offices now.  You will have some swelling that, practically speaking, will last about 3 to 5 days.  Brusing?  Not very common in my experience but you could have some.  If you do, it'll be about a week.

Best of luck

Chase Lay, MD

Chase Lay, MD
Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Bruising After Eyebrow Lift

Bruising does vary from patient to patient, and based on the technique utilized. The norm is between 1 -3 weeks based on the patient and the degree he/she has followed postoperative instructions. The bruising is limited to the eyelid areas.  

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Bruising after a brow lift

As other have mentioned the bruising varies a great deal case by case.  In general 95% of patients have minimal to no bruising by 3 weeks but most can conceal nicely by 2 weeks.

Sam Naficy, MD, FACS
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Bruising and healing after endoscopic brow lift

i usually have minimal bruising and it settle by gravity around the lower lids.  it takes about 7  to 10 days to fade away

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 109 reviews

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