Here's What You Need To Know Before Getting A Brow Lift

Considering getting a brow lift? You're certainly not alone. The decades-old cosmetic procedure has become increasingly popular in recent years, likely due to celebrities like Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner flaunting a lifted, fox-like face and brow area. It may not seem like a major procedure, but if you're planning on going under the knife, there are certains steps you need to take in preparation.

First, what exactly is a brow lift? According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, "reduces wrinkles, improves frown lines, and places the eyebrows in a youthful position."

Brow lifts are typically performed one of two ways. An endoscopic incision is made when an endoscope (a tube-like instrument with a camera on the end) is placed through small incisions made within the hairline. With this method, the source of visible creases can be identified and the tissue and muscle are adjusted accordingly.

For some people with higher foreheads, a coronal incision is a cut made from ear to ear across the top of the head, within the hair line (so the resulting scar is hidden by the hair). The forehead skin is then lifted and adjusted. Swelling or bruising may result, but after a few weeks, the patient should see a smoother forehead and a more "youthful" appearance.

How to prep for a brow lift

In preparation for a brow lift, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons says you may be asked to have a medical evaluation, take certain medications or adjust your current medications, stop smoking, and avoid taking NSAIDs like Aspirin. These anti-inflammatory drugs are not recommended before surgery, as they can increase bleeding and bruising. It's also required to arrange for a friend or family member to take you to and from surgery, as well as stay with you the first night after surgery.

It is not recommended to undergo Botox injections in the face prior to having a brow lift. Dr. Catherine S. Chang, a plastic surgeon at Cassileth Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, tells Byrdie: "Botox can cause changes in brow positioning, and I always want the brow in the most natural state possible in order to deliver a natural result."

The procedure itself will likely only take about an hour, but you should be prepared to adjust your lifestyle for at least two weeks post surgery. Proper aftercare is crucial to ensure you are healing correctly. Initial wound healing may take 10 to 14 days, and you should avoid vigorous physical activity for as long as your surgeon recommends. However, every individual's experience will be different, so it's important to work with your surgeon to ensure you know what to expect during your recovery period.