Chemical Brow Lift
The chemical brow lift is a procedure that uses neuromodulators such as Botox to create a more subtle but similar effect as a surgically invasive brow lift. Instead of reconstructing the brow region, this procedure relies on chemicals to reshape and reform the face into a more youthful appearance. This is a considerably less invasive and less costly procedure than surgical brow lifts.
Chemical Brow Lift
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About the Procedure
A chemical brow lift is a non-invasive procedure used to create a more refreshed, youthful appearance in the upper third of the face. Unlike the direct brow lift, the chemical brow lift does not require incisions but instead utilizes chemicals to achieve a similar, but less dramatic effect. The procedure ranges in cost from $100-$1000. Placement of the injections will be determined by the desired effect for the patient. To elevate the lateral brow, the outer corner of the eye muscle may be weakened with the use of Botox injections, positioned in 1 or 2 different points under the skin. In most instances, the optimal location for injection is determined visually by asking the patient to frown aggressively. This allows the doctor to determine the maximum point of brow contraction. To elevate the middle of the forehead, facial muscles directly above and between the eyebrows will be targeted. Elevation is usually done with 16-24 units of Botox. Treatment of both the forehead and temporal areas will help to eliminate wrinkles while still achieving the desired change in brow height or shape.
The goal of a chemical brow lift is to soften wrinkles and forehead furrows by selectively denervating muscles which control facial movement.
What to Expect
A chemical brow lift uses injectable neurotoxins such as Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin to strategically relax specific facial muscles and subtly raise the forehead. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a chemical brow lift.
- Do not consume alcohol 24 hours prior to treatment.
- Avoid blood thinning medications for 2 weeks
- Reschedule if a rash, blemish, or cold sore develops in the area
- An antiviral medication may be prescribed
- Injection locations are individualized for the patient’s needs
- Elevation is usually done with 16-24 units of Botox at several points in the skin
- Minimal and tolerable discomfort during procedure
Strenuous workouts are not recommended the day of treatment, but can be resumed the next day. Light activity can be done immediately. Use cool compresses as needed to alleviate swelling. Use Benadryl over-the-counter as needed for redness, itching, or welts. Do not lie down for 4 hours after treatment to prevent the Botox from tracking into the orbit of the eye and causing drooping eyelid.
The ideal candidate for a chemical brow lift has better skin quality and less tissue laxity. This may be a good option for candidates looking for temporary treatments or who are not ready for permanent, surgical treatment options.
Not Recommended For
Chemical brow lifts are not recommended for patients looking to address skin laxity in the forehead or for patients with droopy eyelids as Botox can potentially exacerbate this issue.
Side effects from a chemical brow lift may include pain at the injection site, infection, inflammation, swelling, redness, bleeding, bruising, and eyelid or brow drooping.