In this article we want to talk about a unique, fascinating, and increasingly popular cosmetic treatment type that can be achieved using one of the most trusted cosmetic injectables out there: Botox and the Botox Eyebrow Lift.
You may have heard whispers about this procedure online and wondered if there really is an eyebrow lifting treatment that doesn’t require surgical intervention yet is still effective. For all the skeptics out there, we would like to assure you that the Botox Brow Lift is no myth. Our team of cosmetic experts from Vibrant Skin Bar explain everything you need to know about this eye-opening, and brow lifting, technique.
What is a Botox Brow Lift?
You’ve probably heard that Botox works by relaxing, or “freezing”, the muscles underlying a problem area. When those muscle are relaxed, so are the expressions that create folds in the skin. A more in-depth description is that cosmetic dermatologists use Botox to change the dynamic balance between muscles that are responsible for pulling in different directions. Try to imagine your facial muscles all playing a kind of tug-of-war game with each other, and practitioners use Botox to put the ones that create and encourage wrinkles and sagging skin at a temporary disadvantage.
A Botox brow lift refers to the technique used to cause the muscles in your forehead and around your eyes to raise rather than to lower. By relaxing the muscles that bring the brow down during contraction, the brows come up slightly, thereby “lifting” the eyebrow position. When lifting the position of your eyebrows, you actively lift the eyelids and “open” the eyes. The brow lift also works to erase those pesky vertical glabellar lines between the eyes, sometimes called “11” lines, and horizontal forehead lines, too.
Finally, the Botox brow lift has the added benefit of preventing new wrinkles from forming around the eyes and forehead area where Botox has been applied. Alternatively, the Botox helps to keep existing wrinkles from becoming more prominent (worsening), and in some cases improves or eliminates the appearance of existing wrinkles.
This treatment type is especially helpful to patients who have issues with eyelids that have begun to droop. The overall effect is a subtle, but significant improvement, for many patients. More aggressive brow lifting techniques usually require surgical intervention. Results from Botox typically last anywhere from 3 to 6 months, depending on the amount used and your unique metabolism.
Am I a Good Candidate for the Botox Brow Lift?
As skin gets older, elasticity and collagen loss sometimes affect areas of skin we might not have expected, one such area is the eyelids. The Botox eyebrow lift technique is helpful for people who have hooding or “drooping” in the upper eyelids. This age-related accumulation of droopy tissue, medically known as dermatochalasis, can lead to a “tired” and “angry” appearance and possibly even obstruct a patient’s vision.
Dermatochalasis is a problem that does not discriminate by gender, affecting both men and women alike, with the onset of issues beginning around age 40. However, having droopy lids is not exclusive to any specific age range. For some, eyelid hooding and excessive eyelid tissue is a congenital condition that begins afflicting a person as early as their 20’s.
As previously mentioned, the Botox brow lift also works to combat any vertical lines that a person might have developed between the eyebrows, or the horizontal lines along the forehead. Whenever you “furrow” your eyebrows or frown you are contracting a set of muscles called the corragator muscles. Over time, repeated use of these muscles can create vertical glabellar lines between the eyes. The appearance of these lines sometimes have the unintentional effect of making a person look angry. There is a second set of muscles called the frontalis muscles that betray us yet again when we raise our eyebrows, this time creating horizontal lines across the forehead.
No matter what your age, if droopy eyelids, 11 lines between the eyes, or forehead lines are a problem that you have been dealing with, ask your Vibrant Skin Bar cosmetic expert if a Botox brow lift is right for you.
What Is the Botox Brow Lift Procedure Like?
The procedure for getting an eyebrow lift is a quick, simple, and painless one. You can expect the entire appointment to take about 30 minutes, you will not require anesthesia, and you can safely go about your day afterwards.
Before getting the actual injections, your specialist will want to map out the areas on your face where the Botox needs to go in order to achieve the desired results. For a Botox brow lift, the injection sites will be focused on the muscles surrounding your eyelids, the orbicularis oculi and the corrugator muscles. The orbicularis oculi muscles go around your eyes and are responsible for closing and depressing the brow. The corrugator muscles are positioned between your eyes, about where your eyebrow “begins”, are what create the glabellar (“11”) lines.
In order to treat these muscles specifically, your practitioner will inject Botox in multiple key places just above or below your eyebrows, between the eyes, and near the temple. While it is necessary to inject Botox into multiple areas, the injections themselves are quick and minimally invasive. The needle used for Botox injections is likely the least daunting you’ll ever encounter in your lifetime, much like the ones used for daily insulin injections. It should also be encouraging to know that the skill and expertise of your practitioner play a factor in pain levels, so getting a Botox brow lift from a specialist at Vibrant Skin Bar assures little more pain than you’d feel when getting your eyebrows plucked.
What Kind of Aftercare Is There?
After your appointment, you might have a few small red patches surrounding the Botox injection sites. The appearance of such marks are less significant than that of a mosquito bite, and should dissipate quicker, too (redness typically clears up within 1 to 24 hours following your appointment).
While there is no significant danger to the skin or injection sites by wearing light makeup or applying sunscreens and lotions immediately following the treatment, it is preferable to maintain a clean healing process to give your skin a break for 12 hours after the injections. As with all Botox treatments, in order to help patients avoid any blemish flare ups and to encourage healing, you should be gentle with the skin around the injection sites for a day or so following the appointment. It is also recommended that you keep the area clean and try not to rub or apply heavy makeup to the areas where you received Botox injections for at least 12 hours afterwards.
What Does a Botox Eyebrow Lift Cost?
The amount of Botox needed varies depending on the patient, but the amount used for a typical Botox eyebrow lift procedure is between 30 to 50 units of Botox. At $12 a unit, that means you can expect a brow lift to run anywhere from $360-$600… a pretty forgiving price tag to put on a treatment that lasts a minimum of 3 months, and offers so many benefits to the buyer.
What should I know before getting a Botox Brow Lift?
The Botox eyebrow lift requires the expertise of an experienced injector, who carefully records the location and quantity of product used to treat each their patients.
Botox typically lasts around 3-6 months so, should the patient want to duplicate their best results, they should follow up with the same experienced injector who is familiar with their patient’s unique facial muscles.