The signs of aging on the body can crop up in a myriad of ways. From age spots to droopy skin to fine lines and wrinkles, we often can feel our skin is aging far more quickly than we’d like. One common issue that patients experience is that of drooping brows and excess fullness in the upper eyelids. As we age, our body has trouble holding on to collagen and elastin in the skin, which leads to sagging or drooping skin on the face and body. However, with innovative non-surgical cosmetic techniques, these issues can be remedied with almost no downtime required. An innovative brow lift procedure is that of the non-surgical brow lift, which uses a combination of injectables, such as Botox, Dysport, and dermal fillers, to essentially provide a “liquid facelift.”
Neuromodulator injectables, such as Botox® and Dysport, can reduce the appearance of dynamic wrinkles like, forehead wrinkles, or crow’s feet. Dermal fillers, such as Juvederm, Restylane, and Sculptra, are designed to restore volume to the face, which can improve the appearance of deeper wrinkles such as frown lines, or replace important volume loss in the midface and lower eye area. Radiofrequency heat, with Thermage laser for skin tightening, will produce new collagen and effect a non-surgical brow lift. When combined, these cosmetic procedures are able to provide a non-surgical alternative to eyelid surgery. While blepharoplasty or other brow area cosmetic surgeries that a plastic surgeon offers might work for some, the idea of an invasive surgery or long recovery time often make facial rejuvenation feel unobtainable. Thanks to non-surgical brow lifts, patients can revive their youthful appearance without the need for surgery or downtime.
If you’re frustrated by the appearance of a droopy brow, a non-surgical brow lift may be the perfect option for you. Contact the office today to learn how board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green can rejuvenate your appearance through your very own custom treatment plan.
What is a non-surgical brow lift?
A non-surgical brow lift uses a combination of cosmetic injections and treatments in order to provide facial rejuvenation without the need for a surgical procedure. The most common form of a non-surgical eyebrow lift use a combination treatment of dermal fillers, Thermage® for skin tightening, and neuromodulator injectables.
Getting a brow lift with Botox injections
Botox is perhaps the most famous cosmetic injectable in the world of dermatology. It uses a neurotoxin, botulinum toxin, to essentially “freeze” nerve signals to certain overworked muscles on the face. Through this method, the muscles are forced to relaxes, which reduces the appearance of well-worn dynamic wrinkles. Botox injections rely on botulinum toxin type A, which is also the key ingredient for injectables like Dysport® and Xeomin®. Through this injectable, the muscles responsible for our most common wrinkles – crow’s feet, forehead lines, even a furrow in the brow–are smoothed, providing smoother and younger looking skin in the brow area.
Combining dermal fillers and Botox for a brow lift
Dermal fillers are an excellent complementary treatment to Botox, as they are able to reverse the effects of age-related volume loss at and surrounding the injection site. Popular dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane rely on hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body, to stimulate new collagen and elastin growth, leading to fuller, younger looking skin. Other common dermal fillers are Radiesse and Sculptra, which use calcium hydroxyapatite and poly-L-lactic acid, respectively, to stimulate new collagen production in the body. Dermal fillers are revolutionary when it comes to skin rejuvenation, and they allow for natural-looking fullness and youthful contouring without the need for brow lift surgery. If there is a hollowing out or natural volume loss in the brow area, Dr. Green recommends Juvederm Voluma, which can both restore volume and help to lift the brow area.
Thermage skin tightening laser for a non-surgical brow lift
Additionally, a non-surgical eyebrow lift can involve complementary cosmetic procedures, such as skin tightening treatment. Popular skin tightening treatments include Ultherapy (an ultrasonic skin tightening treatment) and Thermage. Thermage is a revolutionary skincare technology that uses radiofrequency energy to heat the lower layers of the dermis, igniting targeted collagen production that tightens the appearance of loose or excess skin. Thermage is FDA-approved for use virtually everywhere on the body, and can help with sagging or drooping skin in the brow area with as little as one treatment. Thermage FLX is the latest Thermage skin tightening laser, and has even greater depth of penetration for improved collagen remodeling. Additionally, skin resurfacing laser treatments, such as ECO2, eMatrix, and Fraxel laser treatment, can be excellent options for those who are looking to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as scarring or discoloration along the surface of the skin.
How does a non-surgical eyebrow lift work?
A non-surgical eyebrow lift uses a combination of collagen and elastin induction and neuromodulators to smooth the skin. Botox is able to reduce the appearance of fine lines and dynamic wrinkles, while dermal fillers work to lift and fill static wrinkles and naturally-occurring volume loss areas, such as the tear trough and midface. During your initial consultation with Dr. Green, you’ll be able to discuss your wants and needs. Dr. Green will then be able to carefully evaluate the brow area and determine which eyebrow lift treatment plan will work best for you. Dr. Green is an expert in anti-aging and skin rejuvenation, and works carefully with each patient to ensure maximum satisfaction.
How is a non-surgical brow lift done?
A non-surgical brow lift procedure can often be completed in a single in-office visit. As Botox and Juvederm are commonly injected at different sites, both products can be safely administered at the same appointment by a board-certified medical professional. Depending on the area being treated, your practitioner may suggest waiting a couple of weeks to see the results of Botox injections before applying dermal fillers. During a non-surgical brow lift, a topical numbing cream may be applied to prevent any potential discomfort. Dr. Green will inject Botox and Juvederm or an alternative dermal filler into the treatment area. Then, the dermal filler will be gently massaged into the treatment area.
A non-surgical eyebrow lift treatment typically takes less than an hour, and patients are able to resume normal activity immediately post-treatment, though we recommend that patients avoid intense exercise or extreme heat exposure immediately following treatment. After your treatment, you should see results appear within a few days, and results will likely last several months.
How long does a non-surgical eyebrow lift last?
As a non-surgical eyebrow lift is not permanent, unfortunately the wonderful results are not permanent. However, current non-surgical brow lift treatments are incredibly long-lasting, and many patients find that their results last almost a full year. For those who undergo both dermal filler and Botox or neuromodulator injections, it’s important to note that Botox is more temporary than hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvederm, so you may need a follow-up Botox treatment sooner than a dermal filler boost in order to maintain consistent, satisfying results.
Who is a good candidate for a non-surgical brow lift?
A good candidate for a non-surgical brow lift is a person of any age who is experiencing hooding of the eyelids, or wrinkles around the eye, forehead, and brow area. It is a fantastic option for treating concerns aren’t severe enough to require surgery, as well as for patients that are seeking a more youthful appearance but who are concerned with the recovery time or side effects that occur with more intensive plastic surgery.
How much is a non-surgical brow lift?
The answer to how much is a non-surgical eyebrow lift depends on the individual needs and aesthetic goal of each patient, as well as the cost of the neuromodulator and/or dermal filler being used. The cost per treatment varies on the amount of Botox and dermal fillers needed and the size of the area being treated. The cost of a non-surgical brow lift varies depending on the patient’s skin condition and goals.
Non-surgical brow lift vs. plastic surgery
With all of the risks, costs, and recovery time associated with cosmetic surgeries such as face lifts or liposuction, it’s no wonder that non-surgical options for skin rejuvenation have become so popular. Non-surgical brow lifts are an excellent alternative to plastic surgery, as they provide the revitalizing, youthful glow of a more invasive procedure with greater customization and without any downtime.
When it comes to a surgical brow lift, the most common is an endoscopic brow lift, in which the patient is put under anesthesia and a series of small incisions are made past the patient’s hairline. Then, the skin is “lifted” to elevate the look of the skin along the forehead. This surgery is invasive, meaning that it requires ample recovery time, and its results are not permanent, lasting about 5-7 years. In some cases, this more extreme brow lift may be essential for full facial rejuvenation. However, our patients overwhelmingly prefer non-surgical brow lifts in order to maintain a natural appearance that requires virtually no downtime and can be tailored extensively to each individual’s needs.
How do I get started with a non-surgical brow lift today?
If your skin around your eyes and forehead area is starting to droop and show the visible signs of aging, a non-surgical brow lift may be the answer to facial rejuvenation. Dr. Michele Green, in NYC, is an expert in non-invasive cosmetic injectables, Botox, Dysport, Juvederm, Thermage, laser treatments, among other cutting edge procedures. She will customize the best treatment plan for you to treat sagging skin, fine lines, facial discoloration, and volume loss. Please contact us online today or call 212-535-3088 to have a cosmetic rejuvenation treatment plan designed for you.