Coming across people who are investigating brow lift is anything but uncommon today, more so because getting a procedure like this is easier than ever. The world of cosmetic surgery has come up with a number of treatments that can enhance facial features and eyelid skin as we age. Whether you want to say goodbye to some unpleasant wrinkles or make your eyes appear more open, anything is possible these days.
And for the past few years, Botox has been used to address the former issue, quite successfully at that. The question now is, can Botox lift eyelids as well? Is there any truth to these claims? Stick around and we will talk about the matter in more detail.
Why Botox injection for upper eyelid?
Botox is not your typical go-to treatment when you think of hooded eyes and sagging eyelids. This is because in many cases, droopiness affects not only the muscles around the eyes but also the skin. And we all know, or should know, that botulinum toxin - that magical potion that cosmeticians swear by - works by paralysing muscle movement. That’s why it serves as a temporary solution for dynamic wrinkles (i.e. formed from movement).
So, even though the injection acts on the muscles, it has no impact whatsoever on the skin itself. It is an injectable and no scalpel is used to perform it. If you want to know more about how Botox lifts the brows and erases frown lines, here are some points to remember.
First of all, in case you still haven’t heard - we’re talking about a neurotoxin. The full name reads botulinum toxin type A, a neurotoxin protein extracted from bacteria, purified and mixed with other substances so it can safely be employed in aesthetic surgery for a more youthful appearance.
It is well known for its ability to paralyse facial muscles and when given in the right doses and spots, it can achieve amazing results without doing any damage. More specifically, it binds to nerve receptors that communicate with those muscles, stopping them from doing their job. It stays in the eyebrow, forehead, lower eye area, or whatever site it is administedred into. Meaning, it is not supposed to spread to other regions.
Where it has shown maximum effectiveness is softening wrinkles and frown lines on the forehead by preventing someone to look daggers. It can treat crow’s feet too. In some countries, these are the only treatment sites approved. Other countries, apply Botox injections more liberally, including the lower parts of the face, which are vulnerable to aging too.
Aside from correcting hooded eyes in some people, the non-surgical procedure allegedly promotes the formation of new collagen. More studies should be carried out on that.
Last but not least, Botox can help with some health conditions such as chronic migraines, neck spasms, and excessive sweating, not related to age.
How much do Botox injections cost in Singapore?
There are different brands offering Botox injections today, so the price of one unit depends on this and other factors, such as who is administering it. Your technician’s experience will play a role as much as your geographical location and the amount of product you go for. In Singapore, many patients will have Botox on their forehead and eyebrow region for anywhere from $15 to $25 per unit (national average).
And here comes the question: how many units are needed per session? Well, that’s not easy to tell because it varies depending on your purpose. Face slimming is a treatment that covers a lot of areas, hence you may need 40-80 units overall. This will raise the price to $500 and up.
We need to clarify that not every specialist charges by the number of units. In Singapore, the price is determined by facial area. A Botox brow lift will cost around $200 on one side, no matter how many units it takes. Aside from hooded eyelids, it's worth noting the same principle applies to eye wrinkles. The forehead muscle fix runs somewhere along the lines of $280.
Is it true Botox can help sagging eyelids?
The answer is, it depends. Some types of hooded eyelids can benefit from Botox treatment, particularly when the eyebrows are situated lower than usual. It tends to create the appearance of drooping eyelids. In certain cases, low eyebrow position is caused by genetics but most of the time it results from ageing (sagging eyebrows).
What Botox does is keep the depressor muscle from contracting, which creates a lifting effect at the outer tail of the eyebrows and lower forehead. At the same time, it spares the muscles responsible for lifting the brows (called elevator muscles); hence, patients don’t get an expressionless face. The brow lift is so small - just a few millimetres - yet, it gives the desired aesthetic results. It has to be said that there is no actual lifting but the eyes appear more awake and open after a couple of days.
You also need to be aware that Botox injections are a short-term solution, as the liquid gets flushed out of your system in 6-8 months. This means that the problem you were trying to fix will come back after some time. In other words, if you want to sustain the results, you’ll need repeated eyebrow treatments that are far apart from each other by half a year or so.
When and how Botox should not be used
Without a doubt, suitability is a huge factor for a brow droop. Not everyone is a good candidate for Botox injections with respect to a hooded upper eyelid. You need to meet specific criteria to be approved for the procedure. For example, you may qualify providing that you have slight brow drooping. But you won’t if you've developed excess eyelid skin.
Botox treatments are not effective for a pronounced brow droop. Sometimes the tissue underneath has to be repositioned or part of it removed to achieve that open look. The best way to do that is via double eyelid surgery (upper blepharoplasty), which also gets rid of that sagging eyelid skin problem we just mentioned.
Can Botox brow lift open up your eyes?
Yes, Botox injections could give the illusion of more open eyes. When placed in the right spots, they can lift the eyebrow muscles and leave a bigger gap between the brows and the eyes.
The process to fix hooded eyelids with Botox takes 10-30 minutes. A well-trained surgeon or board-certified dermatologist may play it safe and apply very small amounts of the product at first and wait for the results. Many patients are instructed to come back to the office a few days later to finish the treatment as necessary. This is a better approach than overdoing it. Botox can help temporarily correct droopy brows. They may be combined with other procedures.
What is the difference between Botox injection and eyelid surgery?
It’s quite a stark difference, actually. Botox brow lift is considered a minimally invasive treatment. Eyelid surgery is a surgical procedure that requires anaesthesia and a scalpel in order to work. Also called blepharoplasty, it entails making a cut in the skin of the upper eyelids and erasing sagging skin plus extra fat. It may also be necessary to dispose of part of the muscle or reposition some of the tissue for a better, more natural look. It helps to tighten the skin around the eyes but it doesn't affect the forehead.
How do you fix a droopy upper eyelid?
There are various ways to treat this problem and we already mentioned one treatment earlier in this post: blepharoplasty. Another less invasive approach is dermal fillers (another injectable). There are more non-surgical treatments for saggy eyelids and they are suitable for different people. You need to consult an experienced doctor to find out which therapy will be benefitial for you.