Tips To Reduce Swelling After a Brow Lift By Joseph M. Brown, MD, FACS on June 27, 2023

A brow lift is a surgical procedure that’s intended to reduce horizontal lines across the forehead, revivifying that area of the face. It sometimes takes years off of one’s appearance. Below we present our top tips to reduce swelling after a brow lift.

Tips To Reduce Swelling After a Brow Lift

However, like any significant plastic surgery procedure, there can be quite a bit of bruising and swelling that occurs after the operation is performed.

If you have a brow lift schedule and are concerned about the bruising and swelling, then take a look at this guide to reduce that issue after your forehead lift in Tampa.

Keep Your Head Elevated

One of the things you’ll want to do while recovering from your brow lift is to ensure that you keep your head elevated. Especially for the first few days after your procedure.

You’ll be in a state where you’ll need to rest. But unfortunately, sleeping in any old position may compromise your recovery. You may find that if you sleep with a recliner, it will help you drift away if that’s not the way you’re used to sleeping usually.

The reason this is recommended is because your sleeping position affects your blood flow. And that can ultimately impact the results of your operation.

Avoid Strenuous Activity

Another step to take while you’re recovering from your brow surgery is to avoid any overly strenuous activity. This is because your body will be in a somewhat fragile state that you’ll want to avoid over-taxing to any degree.

If you do end up stressing your system with heavy strenuous activity will possibly impact your body with a higher risk of bruising. In fact, it may take up to 2-4 weeks for you to be able to engage in heavier physical activity.

Apply Cold Packs

Cold packs can help reduce bruising and swelling by applying cold compression to the surgical site. Cold compression constricts blood vessels, which ultimately reduces the aforementioned effects.

However, you should avoid letting the ice make contact directly with your skin. This is because the ice may be too harsh for your post-surgical skin.

Instead, you should wrap the ice in a towel or cloth while holding it to the area that you would like to have it touch.

Avoid Blood Thinning Drugs

Blood thinning drugs are another thing that could interfere with your recovery process and produce more bruising and swelling.

This is because blood thinners have the potential to interfere with your blood flow, which has the potential to produce more bruising and swelling.

This group includes things like aspirin, ibuprofen, and herbal supplements. This regiment should be respected for at least 1-2 weeks. Be sure to inform your physician of the types of medications and supplements you are taking prior to your procedure.

Consider The Use of Arnica and Bromelain

These are two herbal supplements that have shown promise in the past, helping to reduce swelling and bruising in general. These supplements can be purchased over the counter and applied liberally.

That being said, you should certainly consult with your physician on the use of any herbal supplements in your post-surgical state.

Be Careful with Your Incisions and Dressings

Taking care of your incisions and dressings can ensure that you minimize the number of potential impacts that you will subject your dressings to.

Treating these delicately can make a big difference in the way that your results turn out. This will include things like not picking at your scabs and making sure that your dressings are clean.

Eat Well and Get Plenty of Rest

This advice applies to most people in post-surgical states. Eating well and getting plenty of rest will ensure that you heal rapidly and end up with good results.

Avoiding foods that are too high in sodium typically leads to good results.

The same advice applies to drinking plenty of water. By treating yourself right throughout your recovery period, you’ll give your body a chance to recover and heal.

Attend Your Follow Up Visits

If your physician schedules you for any follow-up visits, then be sure to attend them diligently.

This way, your doctor will be able to check in on the status of your procedure. They also offer advice on whether they think you should adjust some behavior.

Tampa’s Brow Surgery Specialists

Tampa Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery serves Tampa and the surrounding area high-quality brow lifts and other popular plastic surgery procedures at the top of their game. If you’re considering receiving brow lift treatment, then schedule a consultation and find out why we’re considered the best cosmetic surgeon in Tampa.

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