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Post-Op Instructions for Your Browlift Surgery

Post-Operative Care

  1. Sleep on your back with your head elevated 30-45 degrees; use two pillows for the first 4-5 days after surgery.

  2. Iced gauze pads should be applied to the eyes and cheek for the first 48 hours to minimize swelling and discoloration.

  3. Keep your head elevated to minimize swelling. A recliner works well or adding an extra pillow on your bed is adequate.

  4. You may wash your face but keep any dressings dry.

  5. If you have external eyelid incisions, they may be gently cleaned with a Q-tip and half-strength hydrogen peroxide (dilute with water). We will prescribe an antibiotic ointment formulated for eyelid use which should then be applied to the incision 3 times a day after cleaning. Avoid over-the-counter ointments.

  6. Dr. Pryor asks that you clean the incisions in this manner until all sutures are removed. After the sutures are removed on day 5-10 you will be asked to use only Aquaphor ointment to the incisions twice daily for a further two weeks.

  7. You may gently shampoo your hair two days after surgery. Baby shampoo works well.

  8. Avoid hair coloring or permanents for one month after your surgery.

  9. You may wear contact lens two weeks after surgery.

  10. Avoid extreme physical activity including athletic activities and intercourse. You may resume light walking three days after surgery. Aerobic exercise, weight training, heavy lifting, and straining may be gradually resumed three weeks after surgery.

  11. Avoid excessive facial movements for two weeks-this will optimize the healing process.

  12. Absolutely avoid sun exposure, sun lamps, or tanning beds for six weeks after surgery. Heat may cause your face and eyelids to swell. Wear SPF 20 sunscreen daily beginning two weeks after surgery.

  13. Don´t be concerned if the eyes, cheeks, and neck show some swelling after removal of the dressing – this usually resolves within 2 weeks. In certain patients, it may require six months for all swelling to completely subside.

  14. You may notice some numbness in the forehead and scalp after surgery. This will resolve gradually.

  15. Take only medications prescribed by your doctor.

  16. Makeup may be used 5-7 days after surgery (except on the incisions). DON´T TAKE CHANCES! If you are concerned about anything you consider significant, call us during office hours at 480-423-3150.
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