Lifting the Droopy Brow: Is Botox Enough?

The body is in a continual state of wear and tear, even when we take really good care of ourselves. We may be able to postpone and manage the aging process, but we cannot stop it altogether. At some point, treatment is needed to address age-related concerns. When those concerns affect the facial aesthetic, we are here to help. In many cases, more than one option for facial rejuvenation exists. For example, a droopy brow may be treated with Botox, or it may be corrected with a surgical brow lift. Here, we’ll take a look at each.

Botox Non-Surgical Brow Lift

Botox quickly became one of the most popular aesthetic treatments when it revealed its power against frown lines and fallen brows. This product contains minute amounts of a purified derivative of the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. This process of treatment has been extensively studied and was originally used for the therapeutic treatment of muscle disorders. Introduced into muscles, this product weakens the strength of contractions, thus allowing skin to retract into a younger-looking state – fewer lines and more height at the brow line.

Important details: One of the reasons why the Botox brow lift is so popular is that treatment takes just a few minutes and does not require anesthesia. Any mild redness or discomfort can be easily treated by applying ice for a few minutes. The most dramatic lift occurs at the outer curve of the brow, and is usually no more than 1 to 3 millimeters. Treatment needs to be repeated every 3 to 6 months in order to keep the muscles around the brow from pulling downward.

Surgical Brow Lift

There are two common techniques used to surgically lift a droopy brow. One uses a traditional, small incision at the hairline. The other is an endoscopic technique that requires tiny incisions through which a camera is inserted to guide the excision of excess tissue. A brow lift may also correct signs of aging on the forehead, such as deep worry lines. Finally, the eyes may also appear more awake and energetic due to the extent of lift achieved with surgical technique.

Important details: While there is a longer recovery time with a surgical lift than with Botox (which has no recovery time at all, really), most patients are able to return to work within about a week. Swelling and bruising are natural side effects, and may be more noticeable under the eyes than directly at the brow or forehead. Pain is relatively mild, with most patients reporting a feeling of tightness and numbness the day after surgery. Ultimately, the results from a surgical brow lift will far outlast Botox, because tissue is actually removed.

Discover the best way to rejuvenate your eyes and brow area. Call (801) 776-2220 to schedule a visit to our Draper or Layton office.

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