You feel awake, but you don’t look fully awake. Your eyebrow arches aren’t naturally lifted like before, and the skin is starting to droop down. A sagging forehead and drooping eyebrows are pretty common when it comes to facial aging.
It may be time to consider a nonsurgical eyebrow lift, an alternative option for a brow lift (a.k.a, forehead lift) surgery.
A nonsurgical eyebrow lift is a non-invasive procedure that is treated most commonly with injectables. Depending on your facial structure, quality of skin elasticity, and desired results, you may decide to use injectable fillers such as Botox, Juvederm, or both to help battle against the “always tired” looking effects of aging.
We reveal all the details you need to know about a nonsurgical eyebrow lift. What injectables are used, and how long does this brow lift last? Ready to learn more about a brow lift without surgery?
Let’s start with the basics first.
One of the most popular types of nonsurgical eyebrow lift will involve an injectable. This non-invasive procedure is typically done with a quick in-office visit and with a minimal to zero recovery time.
There are two types of injectables that are used for a nonsurgical brow lift.
Injectable with Botulinum Toxin Type A, is a neurotoxin injection derived from a bacteria that relaxes muscles. The most widely known type of botulinum toxin type A for cosmetic use is Botox.
The other type of injectable for a brow lift is dermal fillers. Injectable fillers, made with a specialized formulation that adds plumpness underneath the skin of the injected areas, fill sagging skin or fill out areas that have lost their fullness.
Dermal filler injectables fill in wrinkles while neurotoxin injectables control the movement of the muscles that make wrinkles. A nonsurgical brow lift will involve either one of these types of injections or both. Selecting which treatment is the right one for you will depend on the following:
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The injections for a nonsurgical brow lift will target the forehead area with a neurotoxin injection, such as Botox, in between the eyebrows and the parts of the eyebrow area.
The injection aimed between the brows creates an elevated look of the eyebrows, temporarily keeping the forehead lifted, eliminating frown lines and the appearance of hooded eyelids.
Depending on your face structure, skin elasticity, and how hallow or sunken your eye area is, you may require a small injection of dermal fillers to plump skin for a lift and to help eliminate wrinkles. The injections of a neurotoxin and dermal fillers may require separate visits.
A nonsurgical eyebrow lift is not permanent and will require monthly to yearly maintenance to maintain the desired appearance. However, if you aren’t satisfied with the results, you don’t have to worry because the results are temporary. The fillers and injections naturally absorb into your body.
We break down how long each injectable result will last; read a little further below.
It is common for cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists to use both a Botulinum Toxin Type A injection and a dermal filler. Here are the most popular types and brands for each injectable.
One of the more well-known brand names for Botulinum Toxin Type A cosmetic injection. It is FDA-approved for frown lines and “crow’s feet” wrinkles around the eye area. An inject can last up to 4-6 months.
Dysport is a Botulinum Toxin Type A, the same cosmetic class as Botox. The difference between Dysport and Botox is the treatment areas. Dysport treats the glabella area, the space between your eyebrows, where vertical lines can occur when in motion. Dysport is recommended for moderate to severe cases of glabella wrinkles. The injection can last up to 3 to 4 months.
Xeomin Injectable is another form of Botulinum Toxin Type A and treats frown and glabella wrinkles. The significant difference between Xeomin, Botox, and Dysport is the formulation’s lack of additives and proteins. A benefit that celebrity Gwyneth Paltrow highly regards.
Treatment with a Xeomin injectable can last up to 3 to 6 months.
Juvederm is an FDA- approved hyaluronic acid dermal filler. The filler is made of a gel-like substance, and when injected, it instantly adds volume beneath the skin. The unique hyaluronic acid formulation stimulates the production of connective tissue and collagen that plumps the skin. Juvederm has several types of injections that target different areas. Check with your doctor on which type would be best for your nonsurgical eyebrow lift. Juvederm injections last up to a year.
Restylane is also a hyaluronic acid dermal filler that the FDA approved. The active ingredient of the hyaluronic acid pulls the water from beneath the skin to add volume. Restylane is typically used to add plumpness underneath the eye area and near the tail end of a brow, solving for the sullen eye look. Restylane injections can last up to 6 to 18 months.
Sculptra is an injectable dermal filler made up of a poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), a biocompatible synthetic gel-like substance that stimulates collagen production. The initial injection will create an instant volume from the filler, and over time the PLLA formulation activates collagen production around the injected area. The filler from this treatment can help hallow or sullen-looking eyes by lifting parts of the eyebrow area. Sculptra injections can last up to one year.
There are some pros and cons to getting a nonsurgical procedure to enhance and lift your eyebrows.
Here are the benefits of a Nonsurgical Eyebrow Lift:
Here are the drawbacks of a Nonsurgical Eyebrow Lift:
It is always best to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist for ideal results with any cosmetic procedure.
Still, want to learn about all of your eyebrow lift options? Take a look at why Millenials prefer this type of brow lift. Or this article about brow lifts.