Surgical Brow Lift vs. Brow Lift With BOTOX® : Which Gives You the Best Results?

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A surgical brow lift and a brow lift with injectables lift and tighten sagging brows and improve forehead wrinkles. Sagging in the brow area can make you look stern or tired and give you a too-mature appearance overall. Using advanced brow lifting techniques, your plastic surgeon can make your upper face look more alert, vibrant, and softer.

So, should you choose a surgical option or injectables to rejuvenate your forehead and brow area? We’ll discuss these two options and compare them in this post.

How Does a Surgical Brow Lift Work?

Our plastic surgeons combine upper eyelid surgery with a surgical brow lift to elevate and reposition the muscle and tissue in the brow area. This procedure also softens and smooths out frown lines on the forehead. You will be given a local anesthetic and sedation before the procedure and can look forward to a typically short and easy recovery.

You will have some bruising and swelling that will last around 1 week. Most patients can resume workouts after about 3 days.

What Can a Surgical Brow Lift Improve?

A surgical brow lift provides long-lasting results, addressing issues such as:

  • Tired-looking eyes
  • Sagging around the eye area
  • Lax forehead skin
  • Frown lines on the forehead

Depending on your facial rejuvenation goals, your plastic surgeon will combine upper eyelid surgery with your brow lift or perform it as a stand-alone procedure. You can also pair a facelift with your brow lift for more facial rejuvenation in the mid and lower face.

What Is a Nonsurgical Brow Lift?

A nonsurgical brow lift typically uses BOTOX® Cosmetic, a neuromodulator that temporarily freezes muscle contractions. When BOTOX is injected into the muscles in the forehead and brow, it relaxes them, creating a lifting effect on your brow and smoothing the skin on the forehead.

Results You Can Expect From a Nonsurgical Brow Lift

A BOTOX brow lift provides temporary results, typically lasting 3 to 4 months. It can achieve the following:

  • Lift your brow arch
  • Soften forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet
  • Create a more open, youthful appearance

Is a Surgical or Nonsurgical Brow Lift Best for You?

When deciding between the two procedures, focus on what you want to achieve with your brow lift. A surgical brow lift is a better option if you want a more permanent solution. If you prefer a nonsurgical option with minimal downtime, a BOTOX brow lift is a better choice.

Your plastic surgeon can help you determine which procedure is best for you. For example, if you have deep forehead wrinkles and extensively sagging skin that you want to improve, a nonsurgical brow lift may not give you the desired results.

Our patients have had great success with surgical brow lifts, as seen in these before and after photos. If you want to learn more about these two procedures, request a consultation or call us at (312) 788-2560 to schedule an appointment.

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