Your eyebrows are dramatically important in complementing your eyes; unfortunately, they can be among the first parts of the face to show signs of aging. Typically the upper half of the face ages 8-10 years earlier than the lower half. Women and men will notice changes in their eyes and brows starting in the 30s. The brow with the right shape and position gracefully frames the eye. As you get older, the muscle and soft tissue in the forehead region can sag. This can often cause your brows to droop below the rim of the eye socket. Drooping brows can make you look tired, angry, sad or older – and we’re sure none of these adjectives suit your personality!
Here at The Aesthetic Wellness Center we offer two solutions to help improve the appearance of your brows – a temporal brow lift or a Botox brow lift. The ideal brow has two characteristics. Ideally the brow has an arch with its highest point on a line through the outer corner of the eye. Second, the outer, temporal portion sits above the rim of the eye socket in women and at the rim in men.
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As opposed to a full brow lift (also known as a coronal brow lift or endoscopic brow lift), a temporal brow lift is a minimally invasive procedure that is performed in our private, Joint Commission accredited surgical suite. Through small incisions in the hairline, Dr. Ahn only lifts the outer portion of the eyebrow, creating a much-improved appearance without the risk of a “surprised” look. There will be some swelling and bruising after the procedure, which typically lasts anywhere between 7 to 10 days. You can expect to resume social activities 10 to 14 days after the brow lift, but you should allow 3 to 4 weeks before attending a special event. The procedure can be performed by itself or, if there is extra upper eyelid skin, with an upper eyelid lift. This combination is often performed with a lower eyelid surgery, a lower facelift and a neck lift.
Some patients may be a candidate for a non-surgical Botox brow lift, which was pioneered by Dr. Ahn and first reported by him in March 2000. This procedure relaxes the muscles around the eye that cause crow’s feet and pull down on the eyebrow. By weakening this muscle, the forehead muscles can lift the brow with less opposition. The effect is to lift the brows, “open” your eyes and to provide you with a fresher look. During this procedure, our providers will administer a series of virtually painless injections that give the tail ends of the eyebrows a lift to open up your eyes. Most patients do not experience any side effects or downtime with Botox. It can take up to two weeks to notice the full Botox result. Botox typically lasts about 3 months.
Are you interested in learning more? Reach out to us at The Aesthetic Wellness Center to schedule a complimentary consultation and learn which solution is best for you.