The eyebrows and eyes play a vital role in expressing ourselves and balancing the face and forehead. Unfortunately, factors such as aging can result in an undesirable look, often characterized as grumpy or overly tired. Some patients find that their eye area doesn’t open as much as desired, giving them a more aged look.
In recent years, non-surgical brow and eye lift procedures have helped patients achieve the same results as surgical treatments without requiring the same downtime.
Thanks to advancements in non-invasive cosmetic techniques, patients can look their best through a relatively short and simple procedure.
Non-surgical eyebrow lifts
“Non-surgical brow lift” is an umbrella term that refers to the various brow lift procedure techniques that don’t involve surgery. Various non-surgical techniques can elicit the patient’s desired changes and lift, each with specifications better suited for specific conditions. Beyond lifting and reshaping the brow, these procedures can also significantly reduce forehead wrinkles and horizontal lines, reversing a droopy appearance.
Types of non-surgical eyebrow lifts
Botox Brow Lift
The most common alternative to a brow lift is a BOTOX brow lift procedure. A BOTOX brow lift is a procedure that utilizes botulinum toxin to lift the muscles in the area, resulting in a reversal of issues such as sagging. This procedure involves administering BOTOX injections into the forehead muscles so that the area “opens up” and a lift is achieved. Overall, the procedure can provide the same benefits as a surgical brow lifts without any potential side effects or downtime.
Furthermore, the procedure takes approximately half an hour and is virtually pain-free. The practitioner will begin by applying a topical anesthetic to ensure the patient is comfortable. Downtime is as short as 24 hours, meaning that patients can return to their regular activities just a day after treatment.
Ultherapy is a treatment that triggers collagen production throughout every layer of the skin. Collagen is a vital skin protein that deteriorates over time, allowing signs of aging (such as sagging and wrinkles) to form. Ultherapy works by emitting ultrasound energy directly into the skin, increasing collagen levels so that these signs of aging dissipate over time. While there are similar techniques on the market, Ultherapy is the only one of its type that the FDA approves.
THERMI is a non-surgical treatment option for eye wrinkles. It has been proven to reverse wrinkles in the eye region without requiring extended downtime. It is a relatively quick and pain-free treatment that utilizes radiofrequency energy to heat the superficial skin. This ultimately results in a reduction of wrinkles and an increase in collagen content throughout the skin.
Non-surgical eyelid lift
While blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is often the go-to method for addressing eyelid issues, many patients prefer alternative methods. The most common non-surgical options for eyelid issues are BOTOX (neuromodulators) and dermal fillers. These options allow patients to quickly treat issues in the upper and lower eyelids with less downtime.
What is the takeaway?
Non-surgical eye and brow procedures are changing how patients approach aging issues around the eyes. These common conditions can now be treated quickly and effectively, allowing the patient to carry out their daily routine uninterrupted. As with any cosmetic treatment, it is highly recommended that patients refer to an experienced practitioner to carry out their procedure.