As old taboos dissipate and attitudes change, it is no longer out of the ordinary to consider having an eyebrow lift procedure. In fact, people as young as thirty have begun to investigate having a brow lift to smooth out worry lines and wrinkles and to feel more self-confident about their appearance. There's absolutely no shame in wanting to take care of yourself and feel a little better when you look in the mirror. However, it's also not a decision you should make overnight. Before you actually get the procedure done, you should know what you're signing up for—and while the surgeon you choose will explain everything to you, it's always worth walking into the room with a little understanding already.
You may need to make a few changes to your daily routine a while before surgery actually takes place. Different surgeons have varying requirements, and some may not have any – but some common ones include the cessation of blood-thinning painkillers such as aspirin and refraining from smoking and drinking alcohol. This will usually begin a few days before the surgery. You will need to discuss anaesthesia options with your doctor, too. It's most common for eyebrow lifts to be performed under local anaesthetic only, but some surgeons may be willing to use general anaesthetics if you are uncomfortable with this.
The standard recovery period for a surgery like this is around the two-week mark. That is, the visible signs that you've had a procedure done should be gone around then; you'll largely be able to continue your normal everyday routine by the end of the first week, and technically your body will still be doing healing work 'behind the scenes' for as long as a month or two. However, this can all vary depending on your general health, metabolism and a variety of other factors. Some of these are within your control. For example, it is recommended that you keep your head upright and elevated to maintain good blood circulation and prevent further swelling—and that includes during sleep. As such, you should be prepared to sleep upright, or with your head propped up. Your surgeon will be able to let you know how your recovery is coming along when you have your stitches or staples removed.
After your face has healed, you can enjoy the effect of your surgery and its drastic impact on your appearance. One common question many patients ask is how long this improvement will last. This really depends on the individual, but surgeons tend to give an estimated figure of ten years before you'll be back to square one. Of course, you may choose to have the procedure repeated before that time – or not at all.
In short, having an eyebrow lift is very simple, as cosmetic procedures go. You'll only be in the surgery for a few hours, healing is not particularly painful, and you'll be right as rain again within a few days. As such, it simply depends on how interested you are in the procedure's effects, and whether this sounds manageable for you. Good luck!