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Brow Lift


A brow lift, also called a forehead lift, is surgery to improve the appearance of your forehead. A brow lift decreases wrinkle lines and creates a more youthful, open appearance. A brow lift can raise a sagging brow that may be overhanging your eyes.


Call 911 if:

  • You feel lightheaded, short of breath, and have chest pain.
  • You cough up blood.

Seek care immediately if:

  • Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
  • You feel sudden, sharp pain in your eyes or forehead.
  • Your stitches come apart.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • Your incision wounds are red, swollen, or draining pus.
  • You have a rash around your forehead.
  • You have a fever and chills.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.


You may need any of the following:

  • NSAIDs , such as ibuprofen, help decrease swelling, pain, and fever. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask your healthcare provider if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions.
  • Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask your healthcare provider how to take this medicine safely. Some prescription pain medicines contain acetaminophen. Do not take other medicines that contain acetaminophen without talking to your healthcare provider. Too much acetaminophen may cause liver damage. Prescription pain medicine may cause constipation. Ask your healthcare provider how to prevent or treat constipation.
  • Nausea medicine helps prevent or treat nausea.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Care for yourself at home:

  • Use artificial tears every hour or as directed. You may also need an eye gel lubricant while you sleep.
  • Apply a cold compress on your forehead and eyes 15 to 20 minutes every hour. Do this for the first 3 days after surgery while you are awake.
  • Care for your wound as directed. You may be able to bathe about 2 days after surgery. Use a gentle shampoo when you wash your hair. Dry the area gently. You may need to clean the incisions with hydrogen peroxide with a cotton tip applicator 4 times a day. Then, you may need to apply antibiotic ointment along the incision lines.
  • Limit activity as directed. Do not bend, stoop, or lift objects over 20 pounds. Lifting heavy objects can put pressure on your eyes and cause damage to the surgery area. You may be able to return to daily activities in 1 to 2 weeks.
  • Use caution with hair tools and products. Your forehead and scalp may be partially numb after surgery. Make sure the shower water is not too hot. Do not use hair dryers on high heat settings. Do not color or perm your hair. Use curling irons carefully so you do not burn yourself. Do not use hair gel, spray, or cream until stitches have been removed, or as directed.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You will need to return within 1 week to have your stitches removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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