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The aging process takes a toll on your body. No two people are affected by aging in the same way.
Your body is constantly fighting the aging process. But for all of its resilience, flexibility, and adaptability, there is nothing your body can do to stop the aging process.
Some of the more common signs of aging include loose skin, fine lines, and wrinkles.
The aging process starts to show on your forehead and your brows as early as in your mid-30s. The soft tissue in your face begins to lose elasticity, and your body has a difficult time producing the compounds that keep you looking young, including hyaluronic acid and elastin.
When aging takes hold of your forehead and your brow, you take on a tired, angry, or sad appearance. If you are currently dealing with this, you have likely looked into surgical and nonsurgical options to restore your youthful appearance. Botox and a surgical brow lift are two of the most popular options that reverse or slow down the way aging affects your forehead.
The question is, should you opt for surgery? Or should you use nonsurgical cosmetic treatments to improve the appearance of your brow?
What Is an Eyebrow Lift?
A brow lift, also called a forehead lift, is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to raise the position of your brows. The purpose of this surgical procedure is to improve the appearance of your brow, your forehead region, and by extension your eyes.
This procedure works by raising the soft-tissue, muscle, and the skin of your brow and forehead. Many who opt for this procedure are battling with brow asymmetry or have a brow that is low or that sags.
This procedure is used to treat the wrinkles that develop across the forehead and between the eyes. It can move your brows to a youthful and alert position. It can raise sagging eyebrows that cause hoods to appear on your upper eyelids.
If you are troubled by the way wrinkles on your forehead or between your eyes are impacting your appearance, this procedure can boost your self-confidence. Some opt to have a brow lift as a standalone procedure, whereas others choose to have it in conjunction with a facelift or eyelid surgery.
Am I a Good Candidate for an Eyebrow Lift?
Since this is a surgical procedure, good candidates need to be healthy enough to undergo the surgery and recover from it promptly. If you have health issues that impact your body’s ability to heal after surgery, Dr. Wulc will need to discuss these conditions with you when determining if an eyebrow lift is a right option for you.
To be a good candidate for this procedure, you need to have a condition that the surgery can address. You will also need to have a realistic view of what an eyebrow lift can do for you. An eyebrow lift is not a facelift, and it is not designed to affect anything in the mid-face area.
This surgical procedure will not take a person who is in their 40s and make them look like they are teenagers. However, it can reduce your perceived age by giving your brow a lift and addressing wrinkles in your forehead and issues that affect the area around your eyes.
What Is Botox?
Botox is a neuromodulator. It interferes with the signals from your brain and nerves that tell the muscles in the treated area to contract. Neuromodulators work well on individuals who have dynamic wrinkles.
Dynamic wrinkles, like the wrinkles that appear on your brow and forehead, happen as a result of repeated muscle contractions. Every day the muscles in your forehead contract countless times. Some of these contractions are voluntary, like when you frown or make a facial expression, and others are involuntary reactions to stimulus around you.
Every time you frown, your muscles contract and the skin on top of the folds. You can think of it like folding a piece of paper. When you are young, your skin is full of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid.
However, as you age, your body starts to produce less of these compounds, so your skin becomes less resilient. In youth, when you make dynamic movements in your face, your skin will fold and then bounce back. With time, your skin will begin to lose its ability to bounce back after it is folded as a result of muscle contractions.
This is why you begin to develop permanent lines or wrinkles in your forehead. Botox is designed to minimize the forcefulness with which your facial muscles contract. In essence, it gives the skin on your forehead, or another treated area, the chance to relax and not be under the constant strain of muscle contractions.
Neuromodulators can be used to give you a nonsurgical eyebrow lift. The medication can be injected to relax the muscles that pull your eyebrows down, which allows the opposing muscles to pull your eyebrows up, thereby elevating the position of your eyebrows.
Am I a Good Candidate for Botox Eyebrow Lifts?
Since this is a nonsurgical treatment, most people can tolerate it easily. Treatments can be administered in as few as 10 minutes, depending on the number of injections needed. Using neuromodulators is a lot less expensive than other treatments. Results are fast, and there is little to no discomfort.
Why Dr. Wulc Is a Good Option for Your Cosmetic Needs
W Cosmetic Surgery is located in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. Dr. Allan Wulc is the lead surgeon in this clinic.
He is renowned as a leader in the field of cosmetic surgery. In over 25 years he has earned quadruple board certifications. This has led to him being one of the top cosmetic surgeons in the state when it comes to facial and eyelid rejuvenation procedures.
Dr. Allan Wulc and his team are committed to providing natural-looking results. They want their patients to be well-informed before undergoing any procedure. Learn more about the procedures they offer by visiting their website or contacting them by phone at 610-828-8880.
Brow lift or Botox treatment is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, however, if you’re looking to improve your facial appearance as the inevitable aging process begins to take its toll, and you’re simply not satisfied with the results from over the counter creams, etc., you may want to consider one of these options.
That being said, you definitely want to make sure you are ready for either treatment both physically and psychologically, especially a brow lift. Here’s why…
Being that an eyebrow lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure, you’re going to have some pain and discomfort following treatment. There are also some added risks when it comes to this option over Botox.
Botox, on the other hand, is considered a nonsurgical treatment so most people can tolerate it easily. If you’re afraid of needles, though, it may be a bit scary despite the procedure being very safe overall.
At the end of the day, consult with your primary care doctor or a specialist such as Dr. Allan Wulc to ask them if either procedure is a good option for you.