Chet E. Reistad, M.D.

Ophthalmic Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

Brow Lift vs. Botox

As we age our eyebrows start to droop, lines start to form across the forehead and eyes start to develop a more hooded look. The changes that occur in the area around the brows and forehead can make you not only look older, but also tired and even angry.

A brow or forehead lift is the traditional cosmetic treatment to rejuvenate the upper portion of the face. For patients who may not be ready for traditional cosmetic surgery, a non-surgical option, Botox injections, may be a suitable option.

Botox vs. Brow Lift

Botox works by helping the muscles relax and keeping the nerves from sending signals to the muscles. For that reason, it is commonly used to treat lines and wrinkles that form as a result of movements in other areas of the face, such as forehead lines and a droopy brow.

A brow lift works by removing excess skin from the forehead and eyebrow area, smoothing wrinkles and lifting the brow to a more youthful position. During the procedure, extra skin, muscle and even fat are trimmed away.

While Botox injections can help if you have a small degree of drooping, a brow lift may be the better choice if you need more pronounced or dramatic results.

Preparing and Recovering from Botox vs. Brow Lift

One major difference between Botox and a brow lift is the amount of preparation you need beforehand and the length of recovery afterwards. Usually, minimal preparation is needed if you’re going to receive Botox.

Typically, preparing for a brow lift requires more effort and planning. You’ll want to discuss your medical history with your doctor, talk about any medications or supplements you’re taking, and learn about any habits you need to change or give up, such as smoking.

Recovery is also much longer after a brow lift than after Botox injections. Most people are able to go back to work or other activities right after an injection. After a brow lift, you may need to take as much as two weeks off from work to allow for a full recovery and may have restrictions from certain activities for an additional period of time.

Brow Lift vs. Botox Results

Another difference between a brow lift and Botox is the type of results you get and how long those results last. While Botox can help completely fade frown lines, it might not provide as much of a lift as you were hoping for. Additionally, Botox results typically only last for three months, at which point you’ll need to repeat the treatment. The results from a brow lift tend to be much more noticeable and also last much longer, usually between several years to a decade.

If you are not happy with the way your brow and forehead area looks, speaking with a facial plastic surgeon who offers brow lift surgery and Botox can help you better understand your options. Contact Chet Reistad, M.D., at 970-221-2222 or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Reistad today.

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