Will Botox give you a lift like surgery, but nonsurgically?
Can You Use Botox for a Brow Lift?
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Chemical Brow Lift
To get a Botox brow lift, one needs to do a three area injection. the central forehead, the frown line area and the crows feet area. By paralyzing the depressors of the brow the elevators are able to raise the brow. The brow lift is elegant and subtle, with lateral brow elevation and medial brow staying in neutral position.
I perform a lot of endoscopic brow lifts but I almost prefer the Botox brow lift. The only problem is that it has to be repeated every 3 to 4 months.
Botox versus a browlift
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
Botox Brow Lift - temporary
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.
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Can You Use Botox for a Brow Lift?
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
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
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.
Botox for Brow Lift
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.
Lifting Eyebrows with Botox
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.
Botox brow lift problems
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
Botox as a chemical browlift
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.
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