The eyebrow naturally falls and droops with age, especially the sides of the brow more than the area closer to the nose. This sagging tissue then crowds the upper eyes, making them appear smaller. A droopy brow can even decrease visual field in severe cases.
A trip to the plastic surgeon’s office may be required to lift a fallen brow, with brow lift or forehead lift surgery as a permanent option for the brow. However, not all patients are candidates for surgery. Instead, wrinkle relaxers, such as Botox® or Dysport®, may be used as a temporary alternative to surgery to alter the shape and/or position of the eyebrows, in addition to reducing wrinkles.
How does a nonsurgical brow lift work with Botox or Dysport?
Facial muscles around the brow pull the skin in various directions. These wrinkle relaxers target the muscles that contribute to wrinkles and temporarily soften their action. Understanding facial anatomy, your plastic surgeon may be then lift or arch the brow by selectively treating certain muscles in specific ways to maximize the intrinsic lifting up while minimizing the pulling down of the brow from this muscle activity.
Plastic surgeons tailor the treatment based on multiple factors, such as an individual’s facial anatomy, degree of aging, and preference. The pictures above demonstrate before and after results where Botox was used around the eyebrow to help smooth wrinkles and lift the brow. She was absolutely thrilled with her results by Dr. Chaboki’s Botox injections.
Nonsurgical brow lift is not a replacement for brow lift surgery. Keep in mind that results with a nonsurgical brow lift generally tend to be more subtle as compared to brow lift surgery, but recovery is obviously much easier than surgery. Results with Botox or Dysport injections develop gradually over several days and last on average about three months. Lastly, patients may continue to want Botox even after brow lift surgery to maintain smoother skin.
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