Post Surgical Care for the Forehead

Colorado Springs Dermatologist Dr. Reagan Anderson

Video Transcript

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Alright let’s talk about how you take care of a forehead after a surgery. Now the forehead’s a relatively easy spot to do surgery on and post-surgical care because there’s not a lot of exercises you do with your forehead, but there are some unique considerations. Number one is bruising. Anytime you work above the level of the eyebrow, It’s very possible that the inflammation and blood can drain down with gravity as it heals. So, please be aware that you could be getting a black or swollen eye after the surgery. Now usually that happens within one to two days after the surgery and then it usually takes about one to two days after that for it to start to go away. It’s not necessarily a problem as long as it’s just a normal black eye with no pain. No vision changes. No headaches, none of that sort of thing, but if things are getting worse every day, you have to let your doctor know or go straight to the ER. One way to minimize that is to ice the area for five minutes an hour while you’re awake for the first day, maybe two days after the surgery. If you can keep that inflammation down It’ll keep the pain down and it’ll keep the swelling down and the black eyes down and everything. So just for five minutes an hour while you’re awake for the first day, maybe the first two days. Next thing, be really careful with hats. I see a lot of people wanting to put a hat right over the wound to cover it up, and I guess that’s okay if it’s a very loose-fitting hat and doesn’t cause any sort of rubbing or pressure or trauma to the area, but if it does you can’t do it and when you take it off you have to be very careful and the same goes for helmets whether that’s a bike helmet or a motorcycle helmet, be very careful with anything you put on, because if you’re bothering the wound that’s not good. Like everything else, please keep the wound dry for 24 to 48 hours so it has a chance to get watertight, please be gentle with it, but for foreheads, I think the biggest thing people need to be made aware of is the black or swollen eyes. Alright, good luck and remember no head-butting people for at least six weeks.

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