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Have you noticed that you look more tired lately than you feel? Do you ever feel like your eyelids and brows are heavy or sagging even after a great night’s sleep? If so, you may be wondering if it’s time for “eye lift” surgery. Before you jump under the knife, consider that there may be a non-surgical way to lift those brows, known as the Botox Brow Lift.
Can Botox really do that? Absolutely! It’s not the solution for everyone, but in many cases, it helps and is a good alternative for someone who can’t have surgery or isn’t quite ready just yet. Let us tell you more.
As we get older, the natural changes in our skin’s laxity combined with the loss of fullness and the effects of gravity trigger a slow, progressive, downward slide. Our eyebrows drop and the skin on our upper eyelids becomes lax, loose and droopy. This can make our upper lids look and feel heavy, make them harder to see and give us a tired appearance. Unfortunately, these changes typically start in our 30’s and get worse as time goes on.
What’s the answer? For extreme changes, surgery is the only option. Brow Lifts tack the brow back into its natural position and blepharoplasty removes excess, loose skin on the upper lids. But maybe it’s early for you and you’re not quite severe enough for surgery, but you still want to do something? Botox is a great alternative.
Botox can be selectively injected into the muscles around the eye that pull the eyebrows down and in (think of your frowning face). These are called the brow depressors. When they are relaxed, the one that pulls the eyebrows up, the brow elevator, works unopposed. Just like a tug-of-war, the brow elevator wins, and even at rest, your brows and lids are lifted. While it sounds too good to be true, a Botox brow lift opens up your eyes, giving you a refreshed, younger appearance. It’s also a great way to arch and shape your brows…something that surgery can’t really do. If you look at the before and after photos below of patients treated with a Botox brow lift, you can see the subtle yet dramatic results.
It’s important to note that a Botox brow lift is not a permanent answer. You will need re-treatment every 3 to 4 months to maintain your improvement, and sometimes, despite continued treatment, surgery becomes a better option. But it’s a great alternative if you’re younger, have mild changes, or can’t have surgery for various reasons.