What is a Botox brow lift?

“Botox” is the operative word here: A true brow lift, also called a forehead lift, is a surgical procedure that involves physically lifting the muscles and subcutaneous tissue, raising the brow area in the process. A Botox brow lift achieves a similar effect — without the use of invasive surgery.

“A Botox brow lift is a procedure when you give a temporary lift to the eyebrows through strategic use of a neurotoxin,” explains our consultant. By using the injectable to relax the muscles that drag the brows down, the upward-pulling muscle of the forehead can do its thing unchecked. “This will cause a physical lift of the brows for as long as the toxin remains active, usually between three and five months,” he says.

How does a brow lift with Botox work?

In addition to being a great potential band name, the corrugators (known colloquially as the “11s”) are the muscles that cause the vertical lines between the eyebrows. “The corrugators are depressors of the inner part of the eyebrow,” says facial Aesthetics surgeon Donald Ng, MD. “If you make a mean face and look in the mirror, you can see how the brow comes down in the inner part.” When you relax those muscles, the front half of the brow stays lifted.

That leaves the outer portion of the eyebrow up to the lateral depressor, which is called the orbicularis oculi muscle. “The lateral depressor is the circular muscle that goes around the eye and gives us crow’s feet when we smile,” Dr. Ng explains. “Relaxing specific parts of that muscle, which pulls down the arch and outer corner of the brow, lets the arch float upwards.”

Why are Botox brow lifts so popular?

“There’s definitely an increased demand because of celebrities, in addition to Instagram filters, which tend to raise the arch of the brow,” says Dr. Ng. Just how high is that demand? “We perform many Botox brow lifts per week, either alone or in combination with other injectable procedures,” he says.

Who should get a Botox brow lift?

“Anyone is a candidate for a Botox brow lift,” says Dr. Ng. “The amazing — and annoying — thing about Botox is that it’s not permanent. You can try it, and if you don’t like it, don’t do it again.” If you decide the procedure is right for you, it takes all of 30 seconds to complete, and doesn’t result in any bruising or downtime (though there may be some initial redness or small bumps at the injection site, which is completely normal).

With that in mind, however, “Botox brow lifts are an art, and you need to seek out an expert,” says Dr. Ng. “If the Botox is placed incorrectly, it can actually flatten the brow arch, and could even lead to a droopy eyelid.” As always, it’s important to do your research when it comes to finding the right board-certified practitioner.

How long does a Botox brow lift cost?

Results lasting up to six months are very common sometimes longer. So its time to add this to your vacation wishlist..