Plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Brian Cripe describes one of “Hollywood’s best-kept secrets,” the botox brow lift procedure.
Deemed “Hollywood’s best-kept secret,” the botox brow lift is a popular, non-surgical cosmetic procedure that helps lift the eyebrows, smooth wrinkles, and slow down signs of aging. My patients like this procedure because it has minimal downtime, is non-invasive, and creates a more youthful and refreshed appearance.
The botulinum toxin works by temporarily relaxing muscle fibers. By injecting the toxin into muscles that pull the eyebrows down, we can achieve a subtle lifted appearance.
It’s important to note that while a botox brow lift can temporarily open the eye area, lift the brows, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, it’s not a permanent solution. Botox patients usually return every three to four months to maintain results.
What to Expect During the Procedure
The botox brow lift procedure takes a few minutes and has virtually no downtime. First, we’ll sanitize the target areas and apply a numbing cream or ice pack to freeze the area gently. Next, we’ll use a thin needle to inject small amounts of the toxin into the glabella and crow’s feet areas to achieve a subtle, yet noticeable brow lift. You should see full results within a week or two. Some patients notice minor bruising at the injection site but this isn’t very common and is usually resolved within a day or two.
How Much Does the Botox Brow Lift Cost?
One unit of botox costs around $10 to $15, and the number of units we use varies greatly based on your unique anatomy and goals. I like to take a conservative approach and don’t want my botox patients to feel frozen or heavy. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, botox treatments cost around $450.
I usually encourage my cosmetic patients to sign up for the Allē member benefits program, because over time they can save quite a bit on injectables. Allē members collect points each time they use certain brands, which include BOTOX® Cosmetic, JUVÉDERM® Collection of Fillers, LATISSE®, and CoolSculpting®.
Selecting The Right Botox Injector
Around four million people in the U.S. received Botox injections in 2020, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Medical doctors, physician’s assistants, and registered nurses are allowed to inject botox, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they have the training needed to yield good results.
While botox is available at medical spas and plastic surgery clinics in most metro areas, you must do some research and choose a qualified, highly experienced injector. There are 43 muscles in your face, and your provider must understand facial anatomy.
When done incorrectly, a botched botox brow lift can impair eyelid function or cause eyebrow and eyelid drooping, also called ptosis. This can occur if your practitioner injects into the wrong areas, or injects too much volume causing the chemical to migrate.
Make sure to ask your botox provider about their training, and experience, and ask to see before and after photos of past patients. As board-certified plastic surgeons, we have a deep understanding of facial anatomy and are highly qualified and trusted when it comes to surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures.
Botox Brow Lift Vs. Surgical Brow Lift
While your botox brow lift will last a few months, surgical brow lift procedures yield permanent results. Brow lifts not only elevate the brows and address ptosis, but they also tighten the forehead skin, reducing deep horizontal wrinkles above the brows and frown lines between the brows. Brow lift procedures generally take one to two hours and you can go home after the surgery. Brow lift patients generally feel healed within two weeks and can expect to see final results within a couple of months. Book a consultation with us to learn more about surgical brow lift techniques.
Book Your Botox Consultation Today
If you’d like to learn more about botox, we’d love to bring you in for a consultation. Our team of board-certified plastic surgeons and experienced providers at Plastic Surgeons of Northern Arizona can answer your questions and discuss a wide range of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures.
Author Profile: Brian Cripe, M.D., is an award-winning, board-eligible plastic and reconstructive surgeon proudly working with the Plastic Surgeons of Northern Arizona practice. Dr. Cripe specializes in cosmetic surgery, limb salvage, peripheral nerve microsurgery, hand surgery, and oncologic reconstructive procedures. He has performed over 5,000 surgical cases during his eight-year tenure as a surgeon.