The goal of your recovery is to keep your head propped up and take it easy! Lifting, bending, or activity that elevates your blood pressure can cause dangerous complications and needs to be avoided until cleared by Dr. Gilbert. You don’t do this every week, so take care of yourself and follow instructions!
Elevate your head on several pillows or sleep in a recliner. Elevation helps diminish the swelling. Ice compresses should be used for at least 24 hours- 48 hours.
After the operation there may be an elastic compressive dressing applying gentle pressure to the brow. Leave this dressing on for 24 hours. Dr. Gilbert will remove it the next day.
Please gently wash (or have someone wash) your suture or staple lines with hydrogen peroxide twice a day and then coat with Neosporin Ointment. This helps prevent clotted blood and scabs from forming and improves the final scar.
You may gently wash your hair with a mild shampoo, such as baby shampoo, 48 hours after your surgery. Use a conditioner to help remove tangles from the hair. Avoid pulling on the sutures or staples when brushing the hair. You may experience some numbness of your scalp, so be sure to use the low heat setting if you blow dry your hair as not to burn your scalp.
Some bruising and swelling is expected with this procedure and should resolve gradually. You may experience blurred vision due to swelling or ointment used in the eyes. This will resolve over the first several days. Headaches may occur and should resolve within the first three to five days. You may experience numbness or decreased function of your forehead and scalp. This may last a few days or longer. The scalp behind your incision may remain numb and/or itchy for several weeks to months. The numbness and itching sensations are very common and seem bothersome at first, but usually resolve without problem.
Avoid foods that contain salt, particularly canned foods such as soup, as this can aggravate swelling.
You may drive a car when you can comfortably move your head and have no blurring of vision and are not taking pain medication. No bending over, heavy lifting or strenuous exercise should be done for the first two weeks. You may walk to keep in shape, as this will not compromise your healing or final result. Dr. Gilbert will advise you on increasing your activity at your office visits.