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Can You Use Botox for a Brow Lift?

Will Botox give you a lift like surgery, but nonsurgically?

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Botox versus a browlift

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 Botox is a neuromuscular blocking agent placed in the hyperdynamic muscles of expression in the forehead. When placed in the corrugators, there is a depression affect that occurs. When  Botox is placed under the lateral eyebrow, and elevation occurs. Botox is only temporary and lasts 4-6 months in the forehead area.
 A surgical browlift involves softening the frontalis, corrugators, an procerus muscles of the forehead to soften the expressions similar to a Botox effect permanently. The browlift and also address a low or high hairline, along with adjustments to asymmetrical brows and can also lift both brows at the same time. For many examples, please see the link below to our browlift photo  gallery

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Botox Brow Lift - temporary

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 Botox is a muscle paralyzing substance that is injected into or near facial muscles by a doctor or nurse injector to weaken or prevent it from working for a period of months.
It may seem counter-intuitive that paralyzing facial muscles can lift your brow, but this is exactly how Botox works. Our faces have muscles that pull in opposing directions, so in the case of the brow the idea is to paralyze the muscles that pull downward while leaving the ones that lift the brow untouched.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Can You Use Botox for a Brow Lift?

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The frontalis muscle (forehead) pulls the brow up and the orbicularis muscle (below brow) pulls the brow down. Botox in the lateral brow will weaken the muscles pulling down the brow, allowing for the other muscles to pull the brow up creating a brow lift. 

Botox May Cause Some Elevation of the Brow. The Major Disadvantage is that it Requires Treatment Every 3-4 Months

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Selective injection of the forehead depressor muscles with Botox can cause some elevation of the brow. In patients who have mild brow descent this may be adequate to correct the problem. More severe cases will still probably require a brow lift.
This is a relatively simple procedure, but is somewhat dependent upon the skill of the injector. Its major disadvantage is that it requires repeat treatment every 3 to 4 months. Over time, this has the potential to become very expensive.

Botox as a Brow Lift

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Botox is a great tool to use for a temporary lift of the brows; it’s inexpensive and non-invasive. In addition, it can be used to show someone a little of what an actual brow lift would look like. The only downside is that it does have to be kept up to retain the effect, about every 3-4 months.

In comparison to an actual brow lift, a Botox lift won’t be as dramatic. Someone who is interested in a more permanent result should look into a brow lift. With an endoscopic brow lift a patient can be in and out and back to normal daily living within a week with minimal scarring and downtime.



Edward E. Dickerson, IV, MD
Fayetteville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Botox for Brow Lift

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Of course, Botox can give you brow shaping as well as correction of your frown lines. However, it lasts only 3-4 months, but can be a very powerful preamble for what a brow lift can look like.

Rod J. Rohrich, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Lifting Eyebrows with Botox

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Botox or Dysport can be used to give you a subtle lift of the eyebrow. It works by weakening the muscles that pull down the eyebrow so that the eyebrow lifting muscles can more easily elevate the eyebrow. It is a subtle lift that is easily down with minimal recovery. If you like it, the technique can easily be repeated every four months or when needed.

Gregory J. Vipond, MD, FRCSC
Inland Empire Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Botox brow lift problems

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the botox brow lift is good when it works but it has side-effects which i have seen in both  my own patients and patients who have been referred to me

uneven brow  position is the most common

more troubling is a ptosis (drooping ) of the eyelid. this has the appearence of a "sleepy eyelid"

i have not personally seen this however "double vision " can occur due to the effects of botox paralysis on the extra-occular muscles

please be careful


David V. Martini, MD
Elkton Facial Plastic Surgeon

Botox as a chemical browlift

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Neuromodulators(Botox,Dysport,etc.) certainly can be useful for altering the muscle dynamics around the brow and eyes. I use the injections to show some patients what can be accomplished for the short term and many of them continue until the brow falls more than the injections can handle. At that time a thorough discussion of the surgical browlift  becomes necessary. Fortunately,browlifting has become a relatively minimally invasive surgery with short recovery time but long-lasting results.

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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