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Forehead Lift Post-Operative Guidelines

Instructions

  • Have someone drive you home after surgery and help you at home for 1-2 days.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Plan on taking it easy for at least the first week.
  • Follow balanced diet.
  • Decreased activity may promote constipation, so you may want to add more raw fruit to your diet, and be sure to increase fluid intake.
  • Take pain medication as prescribed. Do not take aspirin or any products containing aspirin.
  • Take any antibiotics as instructed. It helps to eat cultured yogurt or over the counter Acidophilus tablets while on antibiotics to minimize intestinal side effects.
  • You may be prescribed steroid tablets to minimize post op swelling. If so, take them as instructed on the packet. Note that steroids can make you feel anxious; this is a common side effect.
  • Do not drink alcohol when taking pain medications.
  • Even when not taking pain medications, no alcohol for 2 weeks.
  • If you are taking vitamins with iron, resume these as tolerated.
  • Do not smoke, as smoking delays healing and increases the risk of complications.

Activities

  • Start walking as soon as possible, this helps to reduce swelling and lowers the chance of blood clots.
  • Do not drive until you are no longer taking any pain medications (narcotics).
  • Back to work or school in 7-10 days, usually sooner for endoscopic patients.
  • Limit vigorous physical activity for several weeks; i.e., heavy housework, sex, bending or any activity that increases your blood pressure.
  • Full social activities can usually be resumed in 2 weeks.

Incision Care

  • Avoid exposing scars to sun for at least 6 months.
  • Limit exposure to heat or sun for several months.
  • Always use a strong sunblock, if sun exposure is unavoidable (SPF 30 or greater).
  • Keep incisions clean and inspect daily for signs of infection.
  • Shower and shampoo in 2 days or as soon as bandage is removed.
  • When using hair dryer, never set temperature on “hot”, as you may not have feeling in operated area.
  • Hair bleach or permanent can be applied after complete healing, usually 3-4 weeks.
  • Facial makeup can be applied to cover up bruising 3 days after surgery, but not on the incisions.

What To Expect

  • May feel tired and let down at first.
  • Temporary discomfort, tightness of skin, swelling, bruising, numbness and headaches.
  • Full recovery from bruising in 2-3 weeks.
  • Minimal postoperative pain.
  • As nerves heal, itching may replace numbness on top of scalp, but there is less of an itching sensation with the endoscopic forehead lift.

Appearance

  • Younger, more rested look.
  • Palpable skin suspension tacks in the outer-upper forehead, for several months.
  • The eyelids can become swollen and bruised after 3 days. This resolves within 2 weeks.
  • Final results realized in approximately 6 months.
  • Visible signs of surgery should fade completely in approximately 3 weeks.

Follow-Up Care

  • Stitches or staples used to close the incisions are usually removed within a week.

When To Call

  • If you have increased swelling or bruising.
  • If swelling and redness persist after a few days.
  • If you have increased redness along the incision.
  • If you have severe or increased pain not relieved by medication.
  • If you have any side effects to medications; such as, rash, nausea, headache, vomiting.
  • If you have an oral temperature over 100.4 degrees.
  • If you have any yellowish or greenish drainage from the incisions or notice a foul odor.
  • If you have bleeding from the incisions that is difficult to control with light pressure.
  • If you have loss of feeling or motion.
  • If you have any questions or concerns you may reach Dr. Khosh at 212-339-9988.

What Dr. Khosh's Patients Say

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Meredith G.
Saw Dr. Khosh for a fractured nose. He reset my nose beautifully (and with little discomfort to me) and then discussed some of my sinus issues with me upon my follow up visit. Never felt like he was rushing me out and felt very confident in his abilities. I would highly recommend to anyone needing plastic or reconstructive options!
Jackie C.
Great front office, really good experience after what was a terrible accident. I was made to feel comfortable. Dr. Khosh is very good at what he does. I'm still healing but I'm confident of the results
Kaitlin M.
Dr. Khosh takes exceptional care of his patients. He has operated on me twice, each time making me feel extremely comfortable and satisfied with the results. His staff is also very kind and knowledgeable.
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Dr. Khosh & his staff Susan & Christine are absolutely amazing! They were so supportive & helpful from beginning to end & they are just wonderful people. Thank you guys I truly appreciate everything you guys have done for me. I would recommend them to anyone & everyone!
Joann M.
After visiting and being evaluated by several doctors, I kept going back to Dr. Khosh. His tranquil spirit and professionalism were captivating. Thank you for a job well done and keeping me calm throughout the entire process. A special thanks to your staff Susan and Christine for all of their support as well. Hi highly recommend Dr. Khosh.
Leah G.
Upon hearing of the overwhelmingly positive experience a friend of mine had in choosing Dr. Khosh as her surgeon, I decided to make an appointment for my own septoplasty/rhinoplasty/turbinate reduction. Although I was slightly skeptical as the praise I had heard seemed a bit hyperbolic, all uncertainty dissipated after meeting the Doctor and his staff. My pre- and post-operative experience was excellent in terms of concerns adequately addressed prior to the surgery and mitigation of any bruising in the convalescent period. Despite my apparent predisposition to rather slower healing, a year after the surgery, my nose looks really pretty and my breathing entirely unobstructed! I highly recommend Dr. Khosh!
Courtney G.
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Frieda S.
i can finally breathe!! Dr. Khosh made the entire experience a breeze, it was truly a pleasure to be under his care. I am forever thankful and highly recommend him. Not only does his work speak for himself, but he has excellent bedside manner. His kindness and patience is above and beyond. He takes the time to answer to every question you have to help you understand the process while at the same time making you feel so comfortable. From the first consultation i knew i was in good hands. I am so pleased with the result and forever thankful.
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Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Nasal & Sinus Surgery

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