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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 would like. One common issue that patients experience is that of drooping brows and excess fullness in the upper eyelids. As we age, our body produces less new 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, Xeomin, and dermal fillers, to essentially provide a “liquid facelift.”

Neurotoxin injectables, such as Botox®, Dysport® and Xeomin®, can reduce the appearance of dynamic wrinkles such as 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 laser treatment, with Thermage® laser for skin tightening, can 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 can be very effective, the idea of an invasive surgery or a 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. Dr. Michele Green is known for her cosmetic artistry and is considered one of the best Botox injectors in New York.

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Botox for glabella and eye area, before and after photo

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 invasive plastic surgery. The most common form of a non-surgical eyebrow lift use a combination treatment of dermal fillers, Thermage® for skin tightening, and neuromodulator injectables, such as Botox. These treatments can be combined to effectively address many of the signs of the natural aging process. Aging causes the skin to get thinner, fine and deep lines to develop, and collagen and volume to be decreased.

As we age, the body produces less collagen, which is the protein that gives the skin structure, and elastin, which is the protein found in the dermis that gives the skin its elasticity. As a result of the decrease in production of these proteins, the skin starts to become lax, fine lines and wrinkles set in, and the face loses volume. Dynamic wrinkles, which are creases that are formed when a muscle engages, start to become etched into the face and can be seen even when the face is relaxed.

To restore a youthful look, it is necessary to eliminate creases and counteract the effect of the loss of volume and elasticity in the face. The non-surgical brow lift involves treatments to address each of these areas: Thermage triggers the body’s production of collagen, which leads to smoother, tighter skin. Dermal fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane, plumps up the skin and stimulates the production of new collagen to counteract this volume loss. Botox, works to relax the dynamic muscles that contribute to wrinkles such as crow’s feet and frown lines, which smoothes and eliminates these creases.

Getting a brow lift with Botox injections

Botox is perhaps the most famous cosmetic injectable in the world of dermatology and is best used to address the dynamic wrinkles that appear on the face as we age. Dynamic wrinkles are creases that are caused by the contraction of a muscle. For example, when you furrow your brow, a crease appears between your eyebrows, or if you squint your eyes to smile, crow’s feet appear at the corners of your eyes. When you are young, the elastin in your skin is still plentiful, which means that when you are not making these facial expressions, the skin will go back to being smooth when your face is relaxed. As we age and elastin production decreases, these dynamic wrinkles become etched into the skin and are visible even when the face is relaxed. As Botox cosmetic is used to relax the muscles and thereby eliminate wrinkles, it is the ideal treatment to address these issues.

Botox uses a neurotoxin, botulinum toxin, to essentially “freeze” nerve signals to certain overworked muscles on the face. When injected into the muscle, the Botox blocks the neurotransmitters that give the signal for the muscle to contract, which then causes the muscle to relax. 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. As a part of the natural aging process, the body produces less collagen, which is the protein responsible for giving the skin structure and volume. As collagen production decreases, the face begins to lose its youthful plumpness, leading to hollow areas, which further accentuates wrinkles and creases. Dermal fillers work to hydrate and restore the plumpness to your skin, giving you a younger, healthier glow. 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. There are several varieties of dermal fillers that can be used in combination with Botox for the ideal brow or forehead lift:

Juvederm Voluma –  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. Juvederm Voluma is a popular dermal filler that relies on hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body, to stimulate new collagen and elastin growth, leading to fuller, younger looking skin. The product was approved by the FDA in 2013 for cosmetic use and has since become an extremely effective and popular non-surgical remedy for volume loss in the face.

Restylane Restylane is another dermal filler that uses hyaluronic acid to stimulate collagen and elastin production for fuller, smoother skin. There are several different options within the Restylane filler family, all with different particle sizes to address different areas of the face. When restoring volume loss in the mid-face, Restylane Lyft or the newly FDA approved Restylane Contour are extremely effective in restoring lost volume to the face, especially for the cheeks, for a fuller, younger look.

Radiesse – Radiesse is a common dermal filler that is composed of calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHA) to stimulate new collagen production in the body. The process, called collagenases, continues long after the initial injection to build volume around the Radiesse particles. In addition to generating volume in the face, Radiesse can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the injection site.

Sculptra – Sculptra is a popular dermal filler which uses poly-L-lactic acid to promote the creation of new collagen to address wrinkles and volume loss is Sculptra. Unlike hyaluronic treatments like Juvederm, Belotero, and Restylane, Sculptra is a water-based product, meaning that the injection will dissolve within a few hours after the injection but will stimulate the production of collagen over the course of 4-6 weeks. Typically, at least three Sculptra treatments are necessary to achieve full cosmetic volume restoration.

When you have your initial consultation with Dr. Michele Green, in New York City, she will be able to determine which dermal filler will work best to address your specific physical and aesthetic goals.

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Botox for forehead and eye 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, Vivace, eMatrix, PRP with microneedling, 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.

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Before & After for Botox: Crows Feet

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 treatment area, Dr. Green may suggest waiting two weeks to see the final results of your Botox injections before injecting any 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.

A non-surgical eyebrow lift treatment typically takes less than 30 minutes, and patients are able to resume normal activity immediately post-treatment. Dr. Green recommends avoiding intense exercise or extreme heat exposure for 48 hours following your cosmetic treatment. After your treatment, you should see the final cosmetic results in two weeks, and results will likely last 4 months for Botox injections and six months to one year for the dermal filler.

What is the aftercare for a non-surgical brow lift?

While a non-surgical eyebrow lift involves the combination of several treatments, the aftercare is similar for each. Botox, dermal fillers, and Thermage are all non-invasive treatments meaning they require no downtime or recovery period. As such, you can return to your regularly scheduled activities immediately following the procedure. After each treatment, it is important to avoid the use of blood thinners such as Advil or aspirin in order to reduce the risk of bruising or swelling at the injection site. After dermal filler treatment, it is important to practice sun avoidance, which can be achieved by wearing sunscreen when you go outside during the day or staying inside between the hours of 10am and 2pm when the sun is its most intense.

There are some important distinctions to note in the aftercare for the different treatments. Following the dermal filler treatment, Dr. Green may lightly massage the area in order to properly distribute the filler. Following Botox treatment, however, it is important to avoid massaging the area or laying down on the treatment area directly following the procedure. This is to avoid spreading the Botulinum toxin A to other parts of the face. Following the procedure, Dr. Green will reiterate the important aftercare instructions for the cosmetic treatment you have received.

How long does a non-surgical eyebrow lift last?

As a non-surgical eyebrow lift temporary, 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 up to one 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. The effects of the Botox treatment typically last for 3-4 months. As such, Dr. Green may schedule follow-up appointments in order for you to receive the Botox treatment again every 4-6 months.

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 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. If there is an excessive amount of “hooding” or extra upper eyelid skin, then a surgical brow lift may be the best option.

How much is a non-surgical brow lift?

The answer to how much does a non-surgical brow lift cost 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 number of syringes of dermal fillers needed. When you schedule your initial consultation appointment with Dr. Green, she will assess the treatment area and the two of you will discuss your aesthetic goals. Following that consultation and the development of your treatment plan, her office will be better equipped to give you an estimate of the total cost of the non-surgical eyebrow lift treatment.

Does a brow lift help hooded eyes?

When patients ask, can a brow lift fix hooded eyes, the answer is yes! Hooded eyes, or “hooding” occurs when skin on the upper eyelid becomes lax and starts to sag. This sagging of the skin becomes more pronounced with age, as the body’s production of elastin decreases, leading to higher skin laxity. Hooded eyes can be a distressing sign of the natural aging process and can give a shadowy or weary look to the eyes. Luckily, a non-surgical brow lift can indeed fix hooded eyes. For this particular issue, Thermage is the tool best suited to help. Thermage stimulates the body’s natural production of collagen, which serves to tighten the skin at the treatment site. When applied to the eyelid and brow line, Thermage tightens the skin to eliminating the sagging skin that creates the hooding effect. However, if the “hooding” is too extensive, Dr. Green may recommend a board certified plastic surgeon for a blepharoplasty to remove the extra skin.

How to naturally lift hooded eyes?

If you are seeking a non-surgical treatment for hooded eyes, the best course of action is Thermage treatment. Thermage employs radiofrequency technology to stimulate the body’s natural production of collagen, which tightens the skin without surgery. When you have your initial consultation with Dr. Green, the two of you will discuss your unique aesthetic needs and physical goals in order to determine the treatment plan that works best for you.

Can you get a non-surgical brow lift?

Yes! When patients hear the term “brow lift” or “forehead lift,” often, their first thought is plastic surgery. Plastic surgery is a highly invasive procedure that requires significant downtime and a higher risk of developing side effects. If you are looking to avoid surgery but still achieve a youthful, smooth, full face, non-surgical brow lifts or forehead lifts are available at expert dermatologist, Dr. Green’s office on the Upper East Side in New York City. Non-surgical brow lifts employ a combination of treatments to achieve younger, healthier-looking skin, including dermal fillers to treat volume loss and static wrinkles, Thermage to tighten the skin, and Botox to eliminate dynamic wrinkles. You can make your consultation appointment with Dr. Green today to determine your non-surgical brow lift treatment plan.

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Non-surgical brow lift vs. plastic surgery

When considering your brow lift options, it is important to examine the difference between the non-surgical brow lift, which uses a combination of Botox, dermal fillers, and radiofrequency technology, such as Thermage. 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, chemical peels, among other cutting edge procedures. Dr. Green is consistently voted one of the best dermatologists in New York by Castle Connolly, the New York Times, Super Doctors, and New York Magazine. 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.

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