After surgery you will have cold packs on your eyes and will be nursed in a semi-upright position – this is to minimise the amount of swelling and bruising of the eyelids. A head bandage may be in place overnight.
A small drain may be placed during the operation and is usually taken out the next day. Surgical staples are removed around the eighth day. Although a brow-lift isn’t usually painful, you can take mild pain-relieving medication if necessary.
Bruising is maximal in the first 72 hours after surgery. There could be minor bruising for up to a week, so cover makeup may be necessary.
It is important to restrict your normal activities in the first week following a brow-lift. Detailed work such as sewing or other handcrafts, excessive reading, writing, or computer work should be avoided, as your eyes will become very tired.
It is quite common for some numbness or itchiness to be present on the forehead and scalp following surgery, which can take some months to fully settle.