The most superior non-invasive treatment to lift the brows is muscle relaxing, anti-wrinkle injections. We also love to use dermal fillers for brow lifting.
How long it takes
Approximate treatment time is 20–30 minutes.
Return to work
Approximately 1 hour after treatment.
Approximately 24–72 hours after treatment.
How long it lasts
Approximately 6 months after treatment.
Small injections using a very fine needle are performed to the eye area into the muscles which cause the eyebrows to be lowered (orbicularis oculi). Somewhere between approx 3-10 injections will be performed on each side.
The best results are obtained with brow lifting if the crow’s feet are injected at the same time. This is because that part of the orbicularis oculi that causes crow’s feet wrinkling, also pulls down the brows, so treating this area will increase the result.
A £50 no-refundable deposit is required and can be used toward either the face to face consultation OR the treatment on the day.
For this treatment, we must take into consideration the following:
- Is there a genetic component? i.e. are there others in the family who have a strong brow drooping and how has this progressed?
- Has the patient had treatment before and were they happy every time?
- Did the effect of the anti-wrinkle injections last well?
- Which area came back first?
- How is the patient’s metabolism?
- Do they exercise?
- Are they very muscular?
- Do they have trouble putting on or losing weight?
- Does the patient have a certain eyebrow look in mind?
- Does the patient want the outer brow area or the inner brow area lifted?
- Have they ever had any complications, eg eyelid droop or eyebrow droop or “spocking”
- Does the patient want a more natural appearance, or do they want the maximum effect possible?
Dr Natasha will examine the face and brows. In particular, she will look at many features, such as:
- Where the brows sit currently, what shape they are.
- Whether there is any eyelid droop or asymmetry.
- Whether the temples/forehead need dermal filler injections. How much projection the brow has lost.
- Whether the root of the nose has lost its youthful curve
- Whether the patient needs a brow lift or an upper blepharoplasty.
Choosing the dose of injection
Dr Natasha will assess the face and decide on the best dose after taking a history and examining the patient. If the patient has a history of poor longevity, or needing high doses or wanting maximum effect, then a higher dose may be suggested.
If a patient has a history of complications with muscle relaxing injections, or if their budget is small or if they want a more subtle result, then a smaller dose might be chosen.
Pain relief during injections
A numbing cream may be applied to the area prior to the treatment (45 minutes prior is ideal) Glad wrap may be used over the numbing cream to increase its effect.
Most patients do not bother with numbing cream because it takes so long to work and because the treatment in the crows feet isn’t very painful anyway. Ice is always used to decrease pain and to reduce the risk of bruising.
What happens during the treatment itself?
The face will be cleaned with alcohol and chlorhexidine. Ice will be applied to the area briefly before treatment. Dr Natasha may inject approx 6-12 sites around the eyes and brows above the brows, injecting in the muscles which pull the eyebrows down eg orbicularis oculi and procerus. Pressure will then be applied with a gauze. The procedure itself takes less than 5 minutes.
In general, treatment of the brow lifting is very low-risk. Most of the anti-wrinkle injection problems occur from treating other areas of the face. However, headaches can occur in around 10% of new users and bruising occurs in a significant number of cases.
What to expect after the treatment
Due to the nature of this treatment, sometimes the effect is not immediate. Sometimes there can be bruising, redness or small lumps, which can look like mild acne and usually resolves quickly.
Most people could come during their lunch break during work and go back to work without their coworkers noticing anything. The effect will not start to occur for 2-8 days. The onset of action of treatment of one of the brands of anti-wrinkle injections is quicker than the others.
The maximum effect of the treatment will be at 4 weeks, so a review should be booked in at 4 weeks (only after the first treatment, for subsequent injections, a review appointment shouldn’t be required).
How long will the anti-wrinkle treatment last?
The answer to this is very individual and depends on the patient’s metabolism, the dose, the placement etc. For the majority of patients, typically at 3-4 weeks, there is a maximum effect, at 8 weeks, movement starts to return, at 12 weeks, 50% of movement should be back, at 16 weeks 80% of movement should be back.
When should I have my next treatment?
Muscle relaxing injection should be repeated at 3 months.
Dermal filler should be repeated at 6 months, then 6 months, then once per year.
- Do not smoke for at least 24-36 hours (smoking is not recommended post-procedure).
- Avoid any alcohol consumption for 24 hours before treatment and 24 hours post-procedure.
- Avoid any exercise for 24 hours post-procedure.
- Avoid using any make-up or skincare products/spray tan/direct sunlight, sun exposure and do not use tanning beds.
- Use a facial cleansing wipe to clean face, avoiding the treated area.
- Avoid touching or massaging the injected area, unless absolutely necessary.
- Use Arnica Cream (TM) after your treatment to help with any bruising or discomfort (if required).
- Apply cool compresses to injected sites for five minutes up to four times a day if required.
- Restrict facial movements where possible for up to 1-3 weeks post-procedure.
- Try to keep the head elevated while sleeping for the first 48 hours post-procedure to help prevent swelling.
- Sleep in an upright position, face-up, to help reduce any swelling (3-7 nights post-procedure).
- Avoid any dental appointments, facial appointments and chemical treatments 4 weeks post-procedure.
- Avoid excessive heat – swimming pools, sauna, steam rooms, hot showers for at least 48 hours post-procedure.
- Paracetamol is advised to patients for post-procedure discomfort (Ibuprofen should be avoided).