Opting for an eyebrow lift is a life-changing decision. As well as transforming the way you look, the procedure injects vitality into your face. Before you go for the operation, there are a few actions you can take to make the procedure more successful.
Have an honest discussion with your anaesthetist
An eyebrow lift takes place under a general anaesthetic and lasts for around two hours. Before the procedure begins, your anaesthetist will need to calculate your ASA score, which determines how they approach your sedation. Factors such as when you ate, smoking, alcohol and the medications you take have a significant impact. As such, you need to remain honest with your anaesthetist to ensure nothing disrupts your procedure.
Watch out for certain drugs
Prior to your operation, your surgeon will discuss medications that you need to stop. For example, blood thinners such as Warfarin and Rivaroxiban. While this is common knowledge, few people recognise that Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatories will also affect your eyebrow lift outcomes. While NSAIDs increase the risk of bleeding, they'll also affect the way your body moves through inflammatory processes. Said processes are central to ensuring your post-operative wounds heal. As an area of skin that's thin and relies on remaining taut, your browline may not tighten, which is the aim of the surgery.
Quit smoking to maximise healing
For every cigarette you smoke, your heart rate increases. With this raise in blood pressure, vasoconstriction occurs. This means your blood vessels narrow, which isn't conducive to wound healing. As the vessels constrict, your body is unable to deliver oxygen and nutrients, and its capacity to remove toxins reduces. It's worth noting that vape devices and e-cigarettes may produce the same results, as they too contain nicotine.
Make sure your home is fit for healing following discharge
From pillows that elevate your head for venous drainage to ice packs that reduce swelling, there are lots of ways to prepare your home for healing following discharge. Other preparatory processes include:
- Ensuring someone can remain with you for the first day after surgery
- Anti-pyrexial medication, such as paracetamol
- Gloves, just in case you can't resist the urge to itch
- Follow-up advice leaflets
Leaflets are especially important, as they will detail when you should approach your surgical team for post-operative advice.
While an eyebrow lift has the potential to transform your image, your input is important when it comes to post-operative results. Maintaining open communication with your surgical team and following aftercare advice is essential.