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Patients in NYC ask, “What Should I Expect After Brow Lift Surgery?”

Brow Lift in NYC

Your eyes can speak volumes without you saying a word. Are your eyes telling the world that you’re angry, even when you’re perfectly content? Do they suggest you’re far older than you are? If you can relate to either one of these situations, you may be a candidate for a Brow Lift in NYC at the offices of Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Edmund Kwan. Dr. Kwan understands the demands on your body for healing following the procedure. Here, Dr. Kwan and his skilled, professional team answer a common question, “What Should I Expect After Brow Lift Surgery?” and discusses ways to minimize risks and maximize healthy healing so you can get to showing off your youthful, vibrant results!

Your surgery is over. Now what?

It’s important to resist the temptation to be sedentary after your brow lift. That’s not to say you should over-do it! Walk around your home a bit the day of surgery just to get the blood flowing and to promote healthy healing.

You may also be wondering what’s “normal” following surgery. On a very positive note, you’ll see visible improvement in the appearance of your forehead, brow, and eye region immediately after your lift. It’s not unusual to feel slight discomfort and a sensation of tightness across your forehead. Some swelling and bruising is a common side effect, as is numbness and itching. Changes in sensation and itchy skin are good signs your incisions are healing. With continued progress toward a full recovery, these effects will subside before you know it.

Your surgery is over. Now whatDr. Kwan provides detailed instructions on post-surgical care. As you explore this option for cosmetic enhancement, it’s important to know there are many ways to ensure healing goes smoothly. A few of the “do’s” and “don’ts” include:

  • Do keep your head elevated
  • Do use a cold compress
  • Don’t use ice or heat directly on the treatment site
  • Don’t subject incisions to excessive force, motion, or abrasion
  • Do apply medications, topically or by mouth, as directed for comfort

Tape or wraps help to keep bruises and swelling at bay. A thin tube may drain excess fluids under the skin. Bandages and sutures are usually removed in about 1 to 3 days, and 7 to 10 days post-surgery respectively. Depending on the nature of your job, you may return to work after a week. It’s common to feel more tired than usual, so take it easy and consider a limited work schedule at first. If your appearance is a concern as you head back to work or return to the day-to-day, Dr. Kwan may recommend camouflage makeup products. Exercise and more strenuous physical activity should be incorporated gradually. For many patients, this part of their recovery starts around two to four weeks. Dr. Kwan explains exactly what activities would be “allowed” as healing progresses, and when in doubt, it’s best to wait and check with him.

Every patient heals a little bit differently. Recovery can take longer, too, if you undergo complementary procedures with your brow lift. You’ll find your healing and beautiful results continue to improve for several weeks, especially as swelling goes down and as incision lines fade. Following Dr. Kwan’s directions are essential for successful outcomes and to avoid complications.

Lift your brows; lift your confidence!

As with any procedure, there are no guarantees. But by turning to a Board-certified plastic and restorative surgeon, skilled and experienced with eyebrow lifts and related procedures, you are in a great position to enjoy natural and attractive results for years to come.

Also, a healthy lifestyle looks great on everyone and goes a long way to maintain your rejuvenated look. Think of all the factors that contributed to your wanting a brow lift in the first place. Exposure to UV light from the sun’s rays and tanning beds, and tobacco use can hasten the aging process, degrading the collagen and elastin fibers that give skin its firmness and elasticity. For eyes that sparkle, use appropriate sun protection; enjoy a nutritious, vitamin-rich diet, don’t smoke, and find a surgical specialist you can trust. Call Edmund Kwan, MD to schedule a consultation at the Manhattan, Flushing, or New Jersey office.


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    Dr. Kwan is by far the most talented surgeon I have EVER crossed paths with. I came to Dr. Kwan after an under eye fat transplant, performed 'by another' plastic surgeon, which deformed my face. It was only until I was under Dr.Kwan's care that the deformity was corrected. Dr. Kwan literally gave me back my beauty. This was a priceless feeling. That was about 4 years ago, I can assure you ever since- Dr. Kwan is the ONLY plastic surgeon I trust my face and body to. I look forward to my body contouring procedure coming up in a few weeks!! :)
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    The staff treated me very kindly, with respect and genuine smiles. Dr Kwan is a real professional in my opinion. He took the time to listen to my story, addressed my concerns and took his time to walk me through the process and give me his opinion and explanation on his recommendation. I had my surgery in his practice and we went over everything again before I met up with the anesthesiologist, who was equally as nice and professional as everyone else at his practice. We started counting bikes ... and after bike #6 I fell a sleep. When I woke up, he was there to tell me I did great and before I knew it I was in a taxi cab back home with my best friend who came to pick me up. So I don't know if this is typical, but I had no pain whatsoever after the surgery. . I am very very happy with the results. Dr Kwan did an amazing job and I couldn't be more pleased.
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    I was involved in an automobile accident last May, 2013. The outcome from the emergency room left me with 5 stitches on the bridge of my nose, and the tip of my nose was missing due to the severe impact of the accident. I called and scheduled an appointment to visit Dr. Kwan so he could assess my nose. Upon arriving to the office, I was immediately impressed with the facility, service, and professionalism of his staff. Dr. Kwan met with me and examined my nose and in detail, he explained the approach he would take in order to get my nose like brand new again.On the day of my surgery, I was met by Dr Kwan, who performed the surgery, himself. His Anesthesiologist was very informative and professional as well. The outcome of Phase 1 was a success. In addition to that, the staff even called my medication into the pharmacy that way it would be ready as soon as I left the office. My nose is 98% back to normal, I now look forward to Phase 2 to be completed. After that procedure is done I am positive my nose will look absolutely perfect and I will be back to my confident self again. Thanks Dr Kwan and Staff.
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    I have had several surgeries with Dr Kwan, and would recommend him highly. Liposuction of abdomen and love handles came out smooth. Upper eyelids look younger and refreshed, and the Basal Cell Cancer he cut out of my nose is not even visible, despite the fact that it was right along the rim of my left nostril.
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    I have been using Dr Kwan for over 10 years now. I have had many different procedures and all of them have turned out great. One of the breast augmentations had a crimp in the left breast and he had no problem going in to revise it to assure my satisfaction. I have always liked the way he answers each of my concerns and we go over everything for each procedure I've done several times to assure we are on the same page :) Take a list of any questions or concerns and I guarantee you will love your results no matter what procedure he is doing for you! .
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