Common Side Effects of Brow Lift Surgery

By Dr. William Cohen on February 27, 2015

Couple with smooth facial skinMany people imagine that when the time comes to eliminate facial wrinkles and other signs of aging, a facelift will be the ideal solution. While a facelift can be very beneficial to patients with loose, sagging skin around the lower portion of the face, it does not address the upper face and forehead, which is commonly where the first signs of aging develop. For the frown lines and wrinkles that stretch across the forehead, making a person appear advanced beyond their age, the best treatment option is a brow lift. A brow lift elevates the forehead and brows while eliminating creases and wrinkles to refresh a patient’s appearance. Following brow lift surgery, patients should be prepared for a brief recovery period, during which side effects will develop. Dr. William C. Cohen prepares Orange County patients for common brow lift side effects so that their recovery period will be as smooth and comfortable as possible.

Common Brow Lift Side Effects

When performing brow lift surgery, Dr. Cohen uses the endoscopic technique. This technique uses small incisions that allow Dr. Cohen to insert thin surgical tools that hold a tiny camera on the end. By using these smaller incisions and performing alterations without lifting and redraping the skin, Dr. Cohen is able to provide patients with a less-invasive surgical procedure that results in a faster recovery and less severe surgical side effects. However, while the side effects of an endoscopic brow lift will likely dissipate quicker than those of a traditional brow lift, patients should still be prepared for what to expect during their recovery. Below are common side effects of brow lift surgery:

  • Pain or discomfort: As with any surgical procedure, patients will experience some physical discomfort during recovery from a brow lift. The skin around the upper face and near the incision site is likely to feel tight, tender, and itchy. Dr. Cohen will prescribe pain medication that can be used to enhance patient comfort during recovery.
  • Low energy: Another common side effect of brow lift surgery is a lack of energy. Patients often feel overly tired, especially the first couple of days after surgery. It is a good idea to listen to your body’s signals and rest as much as possible during this time, as it should aid in the recovery process.
  • Swelling and bruising: As a result of the alterations made during surgery, the skin around the treated area will become bruised and swollen. While ice packs and cold compresses can alleviate the discomfort of swelling, it will take several days for these side effects to dissipate.
  • Numbness or tingling: Another common side effect of brow lift surgery is for the skin of the forehead to feel numb or tingly. This is a temporary result that often subsides within a few days of surgery.

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Dr. William C. Cohen offers patients a variety of cosmetic treatments that minimize the signs of aging to restore a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. If you would like to enhance your natural beauty, schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience to learn more about our cosmetic services. We look forward to hearing from you!

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