After Brow Lift The sutures on the surface are usually not absorbable and will need to be removed 1 week after surgery for a brow lift. Swelling and some bruising may occur which should subside within a few weeks. The bruising from a brow lift may extend around the eyes and should not alarm you. The swelling from a brow lift may also occur around the eyes, making it difficult to open your eyes, this is not alarming and is expected. Apply ICE over the surgery site as often as tolerable. Antibiotics may be prescribed for several days following surgery. Women will be allowed to use eye cosmetics three days after surgery. You can proceed with your normal activities within 1 to 2 weeks. Apply Polysporin® twice a day to incisions. The final evaluation from a brow lift will not occur for several months after the initial surgical procedure. Remember to be patient, your body needs time to heal. In some cases we will also perform a limited upper eye lid surgery with a brow lift. In these cases you may notice closing your eyelids to be difficult. If this happens please call Dr. Johnson to discuss. This complication is not alarming but needs special care to avoid drying and ulcerating of the cornea, or eye itself.