Two weeks prior to your operation,
you will need to discontinue medications which
can lead to surgical complications. You will meet
with Dr. Parker and his nurse for a second visit,
during which any remaining questions regarding
the operation are answered. You will then be asked
to sign a surgical consent which gives the doctor
your permission to carry out the procedure of
Specific instructions regarding
the date and time of your procedure will be given
to you in writing. You will need to arrange for
an escort to drive you to and from our surgical
center on the day of the operation and for the
first post-operative visit. You should wear loose
fitting clothing that will wash easily in the
event they are soiled. Do not wear jewelry, contact
lenses, or bring valuables to the operating room.
Remove all body jewelry from pierced body parts;
this can interfere with the procedure and may
represent a safety threat to you because of the
use of electrocautery during the procedure. DO
NOT SHAVE your scalp prior to surgery; this may
increase your risk of infection. Appropriate shaving
will be done on the morning of your procedure.
Perms and bleaching should be avoided for two
weeks prior to and two weeks after your brow lift.
The balance of your surgical
fee is due at this pre-operative visit. You will
receive prescriptions for preventative antibiotics
to decrease your risk of infection and a narcotic
analgesic for post-operative pain relief.
On the morning of surgery, you will be greeted by a nurse. Dr. Parker will
need to draw lines on your face and scalp to provide
him with guidelines during your procedure. Your
hair will be minimally shaved appropriate to the
approach used and otherwise gathered into bundles
with rubber bands.
The forehead lift typically takes about an hour,
and a dressing will be placed around your entire
head. After an appropriate period of observation
in our recovery room, you will be discharged into
the company of an adult. Patients cannot be discharged
into the company of a minor or to a taxi service.
If you have no one to provide you with assistance,
our office can make arrangements for medical transport
at an additional charge. Out-of-town patients
should plan to stay locally for approximately
You will most likely feel like sleeping for the rest of the day. Often, patients
do develop a headache from the tension placed on their scalp. Dr. Parker uses
a long-lasting local anesthetic block to provide a measure of pain relief for
several hours after surgery, but it will be necessary for you to take pain medication
for about 3-5 days afterwards. You will not be able to wash your hair until after
your first post-operative visit. You should plan to apply ice compresses to your
eyes to diminish swelling and bruising. You should anticipate some swelling and
bruising around the eye area, which typically resolves in under 2 weeks.
You will be seen the day after your surgery,
and your dressings removed. You will then be allowed
to wash your hair. You will return for removal
of wound clips on day 5 or 6.
Most patients return to work at one week or less. Final results
are usually evident at 3-6 weeks, though there may be some minimal swelling which
needs to disappear over the first three months.