The brow lift procedure is often a complication-free surgery. As with all surgeries, however, there are some risks involved. In addition to the side effects associated with the surgery, you may also experience infection, numbness, and more. Dr. Paul Silverstein will make you aware of all potential brow lift side effects during your consultation at our Oklahoma City, OK office so you can make an informed decision regarding your treatment.
Numbness around the incision site is a common side effect after a brow lift. In most cases, the numbness is temporary. Feeling should return to the area within a few weeks. While it is possible the numbness could last six to eight weeks or more, this is generally uncommon. If you have numbness that lasts longer than six to eight weeks, you should contact Dr. Silverstein. There is a small risk of nerve damage during a brow lift, which could result in long-term numbness.
Bruising and Swelling
As with any procedure, bruising and swelling will occur within the first few days following surgery. You can reduce these common side effects by gently and diligently applying ice to the area. Because your incisions are typically placed within your hairline, most people will not see the bruising and swelling.
Dr. Silverstein will prescribe you pain medication to help reduce your discomfort following your procedure. You should take your medication as directed. If you experience severe pain or pain that lasts longer than a few days, contact our office. Dr. Silverstein may need to examine the incisions to ensure an infection has not developed. He may recommend taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication to help further minimize your discomfort.
Itching is common with almost any procedure, especially as the incisions begin to heal. You may notice more itching with a brow lift, however, due to the location of the incisions. To help reduce itching and irritation, you should use any topical ointments Dr. Silverstein provides as directed.
The incisions are placed discreetly in your hair line, so any scarring that does occur will be nearly invisible. You should follow Dr. Silverstein’s instructions, however, to ensure any scars are as light and unnoticeable as possible. This will include using topical ointments as directed and avoiding direct sun exposure without protection.
Developing an infection is a possible risk of any surgery. Compared with other cosmetic procedures, the risk of infection after a brow lift is relatively low. The best way to limit your risk of infection is to closely follow Dr. Silverstein’s instructions after your surgery. These instructions will include detailed steps for cleaning and caring for your incisions. Keeping your incisions properly cleaned is the most effective way to prevent infection. Dr. Silverstein may also prescribe antibiotics following the procedure to further reduce your risk of infection. You should take these as directed and complete the full cycle.
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If you are interested in undergoing a brow lift to enhance your appearance, contact our office today to learn more about the procedure and potential side effects.