Do people say you look tired? Or think you’re scowling when you're not? Maybe you only scowl when you look in the mirror and see the wrinkles that are appearing on your forehead and between your eyebrows. Sounds like it’s time for a brow lift. But that doesn’t necessarily mean surgery. Botox could be all you need to smooth that brow.
Here at Raval Facial Aesthetics, we know you want to look as youthful and vibrant as possible. But you still want to look like you. As our Dr. Jeff Raval likes to say, “Less is more.” And that’s why Botox may be the best answer for reducing those pesky forehead wrinkles and sagging eyebrows.
Why Botox for Brow lift?
When you’re young, dynamic wrinkles – the ones that appear when you smile, frown, or squint – disappear when your face relaxes. But over time, the natural aging process, exposure to the sun, and genetics conspire against you. Your skin loses elasticity. Repeatedly making the same expressions causes those dynamic wrinkles to deepen. They no longer disappear when your face relaxes.
Injected in tiny amounts, diluted Botulinum toxin reduces muscle movement. Botox treatments can reduce and may even eliminate the wrinkling you see now. They can also help prevent formation of new or deeper wrinkles. For some patients, Dr. Raval may also recommend adding a little dermal filler to help smooth existing wrinkles.
Botox treatments are fast, there is no downtime, and the procedure is far less costly than surgery. Of course, Botox results are temporary. To maintain your newly-smoothed visage and prevent new wrinkles from forming, Dr. Raval recommends getting refresher treatments every few months. The exact schedule depends on your face and your aesthetic goals.
Botox Does Not Actually “Lift”
A surgical brow lift procedure literally lifts your brow line. In essence, an incision is made, the skin is pulled upward and excess skin and fatty deposits are removed. The result is smoother skin and no more “hooded” look to your eyes.
Botox works in an entirely different way because it addresses the muscles that move your skin. Believe it or not, there are five muscles that work together to create expressions such as frowning or scowling. Most of them pull your forehead and eyebrows downward and inward, not up. So, instead of lifting your skin, Botox relaxes the muscles to prevent them from pulling your brow downward. As with surgery, the net effect is a smoother brow and more youthful, “alert” looking eyes.
That said, surgery may be the best choice if your wrinkles or sagging eyebrows are severe. But for most patients, Botox can give your brow a dramatically uplifted appearance.
To create this improvement, Dr. Raval may inject Botox into the muscles where you see crow’s feet forming. That will lift the tails (outer tips) of your brow line. If you have horizontal forehead wrinkles, or glabellar wrinkles (those little parallel lines between your eyebrows), he will specifically address each of those as well.
Talk to the Doc About Non-Surgical Brow lifts with Botox
Is Botox the solution for your frowny, tired appearance? The best way to find out is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Raval, so he can examine your face in person and hear about the changes you’d like to make. If Botox makes sense for you, Dr. Raval will recommend a treatment plan to achieve a more open, relaxed brow line. You’re not tired or crabby, you’re happy. Think how happy you’ll be when everyone else can see that, too.
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