For decades surgical brow lift has been a popular way to improve the position of low, drooping brows that give the face an angry, sad or fatigued expression. Nowadays, more patients favor minimally invasive treatments with quick results and little downtime. Because of this shift, using Botox to achieve a more appealing brow position has emerged as a popular alternative to traditional brow lift.
Although Botox is a safe and effective treatment, it is not a perfect substitute for brow lift surgery. Take a moment to learn why from respected Miami plastic surgeon Ary Krau.
Understanding the “Botox Brow Lift”
Botox is a cosmetic injectable that temporarily relaxes certain muscles around the eyes. It is commonly used for its ability to smooth dynamic wrinkles, or wrinkles caused by repeated facial movements such as squinting or frowning.
In addition to its wrinkle-reducing capabilities, Botox can also be used to simulate the effects of a brow lift. In a “Botox Brow Lift,” Botox is injected into the muscles that pull the brows down. As these muscles weaken, this allows the forehead muscles to lift the brows up into a more pleasing position.
Botox can be injected into different muscles for different effects. For instance, it can be injected into the muscles right above the eye’s pupil to make the eyes appear wider and more awake. Or, Botox can be injected into other muscles in the forehead to lift the tail ends of the brows.
The effects of Botox injections are temporary and on average, last from three to six months. Repeat injections are required to maintain the results of Botox treatment.
Understanding Brow Lift
Brow lift improves the position of the eyebrows by tightening and lifting the skin and tissues of the forehead. The procedure can also improve the appearance of age-related forehead wrinkles and frown lines in between the eyebrows.
Brow lift can be performed several different ways through different incision patterns. Although the surgery requires recovery downtime and has an increased risk of complications, the results of brow lift are more dramatic and last for many years. Unlike Botox injections, patients only need to undergo the procedure once.
Which Approach Is Right for You?
There is no “one-size-fits-all” brow lift solution that works for everyone. The approach that is right for you depends on your age, unique facial anatomy, personal preferences and the degree of correction needed.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Ary Krau can assess your needs and goals and recommend whether Botox or brow lift is most likely to give you the results you desire.
To request a consultation with Dr. Krau, please contact our practice today.