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How Painful is a Brow Lift?

Pain is felt to different degrees by different people. The Mayo Clinic describes the typical experience following a brow lift - also known as a forehead lift - as involving 'very little pain', but states that 'slight discomfort' is common.

When it comes to surgery, due to the use of pain medication and anaesthetic during the procedure, discomfort is most often felt during the two weeks following the surgery. This is the recovery period, in which the affected area will go through different stages of healing before the desired results of the surgery will show.

in the following guide, the experts at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors have outlined what you can expect during the healing process following brow lift surgery, how to best care for yourself and what to do if you suspect something has gone wrong.

What is the Brow Lift Recovery Process?

Following brow lift surgery, you can expect to feel tightness and mild discomfort across the forehead as the skin swells and bruises. This is a natural part of the healing process, and the area may feel tender and painful, but this should only last for about two weeks. Recovery from brow lifts is often faster than other, more intense facial surgery procedures, but the length of time it takes will depend on how much surgery is performed and your body’s natural healing processes.

Any staples or sutures that were used to close the wounds must be maintained for a week, after which they will be removed by your surgeon. You may also be prescribed painkillers to help ease any discomfort you experience during this time, but they are not always applicable - your surgeon will recommend what is best. If you are struggling to manage the pain, you should speak to your surgeon and they may be able to provide you with or recommend some painkillers.

How to Care for Yourself Following a Brow Lift Procedure

As with any surgical cosmetic procedure, you should avoid strenuous activity while healing. Do not take part in heavy lifting, exercise (other than light walking) or anything that might strain your forehead muscles or skin for the duration of the dealing process, which usually takes around three to four weeks. If you are unsure about whether you are ready to return to your usual activities, speak to your surgeon for advice.

When sleeping and resting in bed, lay on your back and use pillows to prop yourself up. When washing, avoid baths and do not hold the showerhead over your forehead or submerge your head. Instead, allow water to drain over the affected area, and make sure to clean any soap out of the cuts - failing to do so may lead to infection.

Even after your skin has healed, avoid intense sunlight where possible and use plenty of sun cream. If you do not, any scars that were caused by the healing process may become more prominent, or sustain damage if the skin dries out.

What Should You Do if You Think Something Has Gone Wrong?

If you believe something may have goe wrong during surgery, you may be entitled to brow lift compensation. This can be instrumental in ensuring that you receive the help and support you need following a surgery or healing process gone wrong. Compensation can enable you to pay for any private medical treatment you need and account for lost earnings if you need to take time off work to recover.

Brow lift surgeries that you may be able to claim compensation for include, but are not limited to:

  • Endoscopic brow lift
  • Coronal brow lift
  • Direct brow lift
  • Temporal brow lift
  • Hairline brow lift

Speak to the team at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors for help. We will assess your situation and recommend the best steps to take. If you choose to make a claim with us, we will take as much of the legal responsibility from your shoulders as possible and guide you through the process with care and support.

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To get your claim started, call us on​​​​​​​ 0808 189 7714 or fill out an online enquiry form.

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Mike Saul


Michael Saul is a partner at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors, where he brings his extensive specialist legal expertise and passion for helping people to the forefront of his work. With a proven track record of success in cosmetic surgery negligence cases, Michael has dedicated his career to providing clients with the highest level of representation and achieving favourable outcomes.

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