Home Care Instructions
Things To Expect Following Surgery
- Facial swelling and bruising (particularly around the eyes) are normally present after browlifts, but the degree of each varies widely from patient to patient. Do not be concerned if you have more or less swelling than others who have undergone the “same” procedure. Generally swelling starts to minimize by 5-7 days. Recommendations of sleeping in a recline positions for 3-5 days will help minimize the swelling.
- Your forehead, scalp, and other portions of your face that have been lifted and repositioned, will be slightly numb for several weeks. Sensation will then return as healing progresses. Avoid prolonged exposure to very cold temperatures.
- You will leave the office on the day of your procedure with a head wrap which can be removed 24 hours after your procedure, most of the time a follow up appointment will be made and we will help with removal of bandages and headwraps.
Pain Management After Surgery
- You will be prescribed medications based on your health history and current medications. Please take them as prescribed.
- DO NOT take any aspirin or medication containg aspirin, or anti-inflammatory medications such as Aleve or Advil for 7 days. Other routinely taken medications may be taken as necessary. If aspirin is prescribed by your physician, please discuss the circumstances with Dr. Sanovich. It may be desirable to continue the aspirin.
- Use a narcotic pain reliever as needed for the first couple of days.
Wound Care For The Surgical Site
- The wound dressing may be removed after 24 hours, which will be done in our office. You may gently shampoo your hair 48 hours after surgery, but use no conditioners that are left in or styling gels for 7 days. The scalp incisions are closed with metal staples to reduce irritation to hair follicles. Be careful not to rub the staples as you wash or comb your hair. Blow dry on cold or warm setting until the staples have be removed. Please do not have hair treated with dyes for 4 weeks following surgery.
- Keep a thin coating of Aquaphor on the incision site at all times, you will need to apply 3-5 times a day for the first week.
- Starting on the 7th day, clean the sutures only with a cotton swab and a solution of 1⁄2 white vinegar and 1⁄2 water. A small amount of watery drainage, bruising, and redness may be noted.
- Once the sutures and staples are removed (usually 2 weeks after surgery), incision care will be provided including recommendations for scar treatment and protective sun care.
Activity Level After Surgery
- Avoid any strenuous physical activity for 1 week.
- You may return to school or light duty work (non-physical labor) within a week of the surgery or as tolerated per your symptoms.
- Although you just had surgery, we recommend you do not stay in bed while awake, to minimize the chances of leg clots.
- Try to transfer to a chair instead and walk throughout the house. Try to be as active as possible.
- The swelling will worsen over the next 3-4 days after surgery and is expected. The swelling will begin to subside shortly thereafter.
- What follow-up care will I receive?
- You will have a follow up 1-3 days following the procedure so we may remove the bandages.
- You should have a scheduled follow-up appointment, which usually occurs 1 week following surgery. Typically, some of sutures will be removed at this appointment.
- You will then have a follow-up 2 weeks after procedure to have additional sutures/staples removed.
- You may also call at any time during your recovery if you have any questions or concerns.
When Should I Call My Doctor?
- If you have difficulty breathing.
- If you have increased swelling 2-3 days after surgery.
- If you have difficulty closing your eyes after surgery.
- If you are unable to urinate.
- If you have severe pain that is not relieved by medications.
- If you experience a rash, nausea, vomiting, severe headache, severe constipation, or other unexpected reactions.
- If you have an oral temperature over 100.5 degrees.
- If you have a question or concern that must be addressed prior to the follow-up visit.
Who Should I Call If I Have Questions?
Dallas Surgical Arts Phone Number 972-581-9996, Monday – Friday during business hours. After business hours, the office number will be able to get in contact with the doctor through a call service.