Age can catch up with us all. It’s one of those undeniable (and unfortunate) facts of life. If you’ve ever looked in the mirror and noticed sagging skin, wrinkles, or a loss of tone and firmness around your brow area, believe us – you’re not alone.
The brow is one of the first facial features to show tell-tale signs of ageing, it’s completely understandable that this is one of the areas many women wish to treat first. Brows are also important features that communicate emotion and are key in our recognition of emotions such as happiness, anger, or surprise. One of the first ageing changes is brow descent. The outer tail of the brow drops, compacting the upper eyelid tissues and also giving a slightly sad appearance to the eyes. Some individuals are also genetically predisposed to a heavier or lower brow that can give the impression of a permanent frown or scowl. Luckily, concealing wrinkles, crow’s feet, and frown lines is not only possible but often achievable without having to resort to invasive surgery. In addition, weakening the muscles that pull the brow down and allowing the brow elevators to raise the brow often has an effective brow-lifting result, especially for younger patients in the early stages of brow droop.
Non-surgical brow lifts have emerged as a popular, easy, and above all, safe alternative to traditional surgical brow lifts. Whilst complications from a surgical brow lift aren’t exactly common, cases of permanent scarring, infections and nerve paralysis have been recorded, so it’s clear why millions around the world have sought out a non-invasive solution.
Before going ahead with a non-surgical eyebrow lift, it’s essential to consult a registered professional who can study and assess your face to help you decide which type of procedure is best for you. The procedure your consultant recommends will depend on your age and facial structure, as well as the effect you aim to achieve by undergoing a non-surgical brow lift.
The most common form of non-surgical brow lift involves injecting a neurotoxin called botulinum type A (BoNT), commonly known under the brand name Botox. This procedure is also known as the Chemical Brow Lift and can be used in tandem with dermal fillers. The process of the Chemical Brow Lift begins with your initial consultation, followed by an appointment. During the appointment, a medical specialist will identify your corrugator muscles, which is the fancy name for the muscles that pull down on your brows and are most active when you frown or furrow your brow. Consequently, careful injection of Botox and/or dermal fillers into these muscles (the orbicularis oculi that surround the eyes and those undesirable crows’ feet) will cause these areas to relax and have less of a downward pulling effect. The result is a higher brow arch, reduced forehead wrinkles, and an overall more open, youthful look. This procedure is regularly called Botox Brow Lift or the Chemical Brow Lift.
Fillers can also be used in a variety of innovative ways to lift the brow. Subtle fill of the brow fat pads can greatly enhance the arch of the brow and re-volumise the brow areas.
Whilst a non-surgical brow lift is quick, easy, and relatively harmless, the effects are also not permanent. This means that additional treatment may be necessary to achieve an optimal outcome. The good news is that this additional maintenance is also speedy and straightforward, so a surgical procedure is still avoidable further down the line. There is also virtually no scarring. Studies have shown little risk of a non-surgical eyebrow lift developing complications at any stage of the procedure.
Non-surgical brow lifts are, however, not necessarily an ideal solution for more mature individuals further into the ageing process. Heavier wrinkles and more severe creases will generally require a surgical lift to achieve the desired aesthetic, and since a non-invasive brow lift isn’t a permanent solution; it is usually more effective amongst the younger generation.
A non-surgical eyebrow lift, completed using either Botox injections or fillers, will last several months. The filler in particular will last for an average of 18 months. Considering the speed and simplicity of the initial procedure, this can be regarded as an excellent return on your investment. Additional botulinum injections can be administered to top-up or maintain your non-surgical brow lift.
Contrary to some reports, a well-executed non-surgical eyebrow lift does not aim to paralyse any of your facial muscles, and you should not experience any loss of expression or movement around the upper third of your face. Botox, if administered properly, will reduce lines and create lift all whilst still allowing natural movement and expression.
Whilst celebrities undergoing plastic surgery is far from a new concept and seems to have existed as long as the idea of celebrity itself, a non-surgical brow lift is a truly modern trend. Until recently, the procedure was little-known amongst the general public. As more and more celebrities and influencers have opted for the non-invasive browlift option, its popularity in clinics has exploded.
The Kardashian-Jenner family are probably the most high-profile to have gone with a non-surgical brow lift, spreading the word to their billions of Instagram followers. Experts say that Bella Hadid, Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello and Madison Beer are also experiencing the benefits of a non-surgical brow lift, further proof that this non-invasive option isn’t losing popularity anytime soon.
Daniel Ezra is a leading oculoplastic surgeon, experienced in dealing with non-surgical brow lifts using BoNT injections and dermal fillers. If you require further information or would like to book a consultation, fill out our contact form or call us now on 020 7127 8184.