Noticed your eyebrows starting to sag? It’s a common sign of ageing (just one of many, I know!) but there’s a non-surgical treatment that can help lift the brow area and create a more youthful appearance: The Botox brow lift. Natalie Haswell of Haswell Aesthetics tells us everything we need to know about it.
Raising An Eyebrow: Everything You Need To Know About The Botox Brow Lift
What is a Botox brow lift?
A Botox brow lift is a lift of the brows by treating either the frown area (the glabella complex), around the lateral eye muscles, just under the brow or all three of those areas with botulinum toxin [we know it better as Botox - but Botox is just one of many brands of botulinum toxin]. Commonly treated muscles include the procerus, medial and lateral corrugators, and the orbicularis oculi muscles, which are all depressor muscles, meaning they draw downwards. So, by injecting Botox, we block the muscle receptors in those areas and cause the muscles to relax and open up the eye and frown areas. This gives a great lifting effect.
Many medical and non medical injectors create a “Spock” effect by treating the frontalis (forehead elevator) muscle only, but this is a botulinum toxin A side effect or complication of inadequately treating the frontalis muscle by not injecting laterally enough, not a brow lift. This incorrect technique also increases the risk of brow ptosis - a droopy brow.
What are the benefits of a Botox eyebrow lift?
One of the great things about a Botox brow lift is that it’s minimal but quick and easy. I have had great results, but it is a very minimal lift which can open up the whole eye area or just the lateral or medial parts. It won’t treat skin laxity, as Botox treats the muscle contraction not skin directly. It will also have minimal effect on hooded eyes and no effect on herniated muscles around the eye area.
What does the Botox brow lift involve?
The Botox brow lift involves small and superficial injections which are very quick. There's minimal discomfort, and the amount of injections depends on the desired brow shape discussed during the consultation.
Is there any downtime after a Botox brow lift?
Downtime after a Botox brow lift is minimal - same as regular upper face Botox treatments. After the treatment, don’t use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) like ibuprofen or aspirin - just paracetamol if required. Also, don’t exercise or use hot saunas, steam rooms, showers, baths or alcohol for the next 24 hours either. You’ll likely have small red raised areas for 20 minutes post treatment, which is completely normal, so don’t worry.
Are there any reasons why you shouldn’t get a Botox brow lift?
You’ll need to have a full and thorough consultation with your aesthetic practitioner (make sure you choose one that’s medically qualified) before you get a Botox eyebrow lift, to make sure you’re medically suitable for the treatment. In this consultation, the practitioner should also run through any side effects and risks. If Botox is not injected correctly into the area, it gives a very high risk of brow ptosis, so this is something to consider when choosing your Botox brow lift injector. Ask how many of these treatments they have performed and whether you can see their Botox brow lift before and after images.
Botox brow lift or Fox Eye Lift?
The main difference between a Botox brow lift and a fox eye lift is that a fox eye lift is created with PDO threads and lasts longer. However, it gives only the lateral brow lift. There’s a higher risk of infection with thread lifts, not forgetting more risk of nerve, vascular and lymphatic systems. Longevity is greater but then so are the risks.
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