If you have any question about these instructions or the procedure, please call the office on 706-235-5570.
Preparing for your Procedure
1) Fill your prescriptions prior to surgery, and begin taking your antibiotics as prescribed.
2) Do not take any aspirin or aspirin-containing drugs for 14 days before surgery. Aspirin can thin the blood and interfere with normal healing. Tylenol is an acceptable substitute, if needed.
3) Smokers should abstain for four weeks prior to, and after, surgery, as smoking interferes with blood circulation and impairs healing considerably. Alcohol should be avoided for 48 hours prior to surgery.
4) Arrange someone to drive you to and from your procedure, as you will be unable to leave our offices on your own.
5) If you are combining your lift with a chemical peel, and have a history of cold sores, you may need to begin taking Zovirax or Valtrex preventatively.
6) If you develop a cold, fever, or any other medical symptoms, please call the office right away.
On the Day of Surgery:
If you are scheduled to have general anesthesia or IV sedation, do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery. Do not chew gum, brush your teeth or eat or drink anything the morning of surgery.
Please shower in the morning with a non-creamy, antibacterial soap suck as DIAL, and wash your hair. Do not use a cream rinse, styling gel, or hairspray, and do not apply any facial lotions or makeup.
Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes, including a zip-up or button-down top so that you do not have to pull clothing over your head. Do not wear pantyhose.
Please remove contact lenses, nail polish, and jewelry before your surgery.
Limit your activities after the procedure. We recommend that you rest in bed for the remainder of the day (bathroom breaks excepted), keeping your head elevated with multiple pillows or an alternative of your choice. Avoid any quick movements, bending, lifting, straining, etc. A soft or liquid diet is best for the first 24 hours.
You will have a tight bandage applied to your head after surgery. This will be removed the next morning, either in our offices or at your home. You may shower, wash the suture and staple area with soap and water, and lightly shampoo your hair, but do not let the shower hit the suture area directly. Lightly pat the sutures dry, and use a medium setting if you blow-dry your hair.
Clean the incision areas periodically and apply Polysporin or Bacitracin ointment. Some (temporary) swelling, tightness, and/or numbness in this area is normal. Scar tissue will lighten considerably over time, and the application of sunscreen and avoidance of strong sunlight will be very helpful in this matter.
It is not unusual for individuals to feel weak, develop mild fevers, break out in “cold sweats”, or get dizzy in the short time following surgery. If at any point you do develop a fever of over 100.5F, feel nauseated, experience excessive bleeding through the dressing, and/or experience swelling that is greater on one side of the face than the other, please call our offices.
Please note that it may take 2-3 months before swelling, bruising, and other side effects have diminished enough for the full effects of your brow lift to appear.
Learn more about the brow lift procedure here.