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Botox® Brow Lift in Vancouver

Have you been stressed and noticed the effects of that stress on your appearance? Do you look in the mirror and see signs of aging that you’re sure weren’t there before? Furrow lines between your eyebrows? Wrinkles? Drooping brows and eyes? Wondering what you can do about it?

As we get older, the muscles around our eyes can begin to pull down at the corners of the eyes and brows, causing the face to take on a droopy aspect. At the same time, continual stress can lead to a lot of facial tension and speed the appearance of lines on your forehead and between your eyebrows, especially as your skin loses elasticity. The combination of these changes can age the face dramatically and prematurely. Luckily, there are solutions.

If you’re exploring your options for effective, minimally invasive ways to bring a youthful appearance back to your face and fight the effects of time, a Botox® Brow Lift in Vancouver may be just what you’re looking for.

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What is a Botox Brow Lift?

A Botox brow lift is a cosmetic procedure that gives a temporary lift to the eyebrows. It pulls up droopy outer eyes and smooths out furrow lines between the brows. The procedure gives the eyes a more open appearance and makes the entire face seem more youthful and less tired.

Unlike a traditional brow lift, a cosmetic surgery, a Botox brow lift can be performed quickly and has no extended recovery time. The results are gradual, with the initial onset of the effects at about three to seven days after the procedure. It reaches its full effect in about two weeks.

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Botox Brow Lift Overview

治疗时间: 30分钟
Required Recovery Time: 不需要恢复期
First Effects: Seen: 3-7 days
Best Results: Seen approx. 2 weeks after the procedure
Length of results: 3-6个月

Firstly, to explain how this procedure works, it is beneficial to clarify what Botox is. Botox Cosmetic® is the brand name for botulinum toxin type A, a neurotoxic protein that is injected—in exact doses and by a trained professional—into targeted muscle groups to relax the muscles directly surrounding the injection site.

It is essential in cosmetic procedures because it is rarely only one muscle group acting on a specific portion of your body. When you relax a particular muscle, the muscles that affect the area will be more powerful. Think of it as a game of tug-of-war—if one side suddenly stops pulling, the other side is still expending energy. The side that is still pulling will jerk dramatically back. The same principle applies to Botox.

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In a Botox brow lift, the corrugator supercilii 以及 orbicularis oculi muscles are injected. These muscles are depressors, muscles that draw down a part of the body, and they are responsible for pulling down parts of your face. The corrugators are the muscles that pull at the inner part of your eyebrows, while the orbicularis oculi muscles go around the eyes and pull down the arch and outer corner of your eyebrows.

When these sets of muscles are injected with Botox, the muscles responsible for pulling the eyebrows up, called the frontalis muscles, can lift the brows and smooth out the furrow lines formed by the corrugators. These effects will continue as long as the botulinum is active and keeping the muscles relaxed.

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How Long Do The Results Last?

The general timeline given for how long you will be able to see the effects of a brow lift is anywhere between 3-6 months. However, how long the effects last varies considerably from person to person and is affected by factors like metabolism and lifestyle.

The effects of the lift will last as long as the toxins in the botulinum keep your muscles relaxed. How long your results last depends on your metabolism, lifestyle, and how long you’ve been using Botox. For repeat users of Botox, multiple injections within the same muscle can relax it more permanently over time, making it easier for the toxin to penetrate the area and extending how long the results are visible.

Regardless of how long the results last, the muscles will eventually begin to recover. If new wrinkles and lines begin to appear after a few months, you always have the choice to get another round of injections.

Am I a good candidate for Botox Brow Lift?

Botox brow lifts can be performed on just about anyone over 18 years of age. However, certain factors can make you a better candidate for the procedure:

  • Noticeable sagging/drooping of the eyebrows and outer corners of the eyes.
  • Moderate to severe frown lines.
  • Though they can be performed on patients of any age, results will be most dramatic on younger patients that do not have a large amount of excess skin.
  • Eyelids that are less heavy/have a smaller skin fold.
  • As this is an impermanent, non-surgical procedure, it is best suited to those looking for subtler results.

DO NOT get a Botox Brow Lift if:

  • You are either pregnant or breastfeeding
  • You have a skin condition anywhere near the injection site
  • You have a history of or are currently experiencing symptoms of a
    neuromuscular disease
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How Do You Prepare For A Botox Brow Lift Procedure?

As mentioned above, some conditions will prevent you from being a good candidate for Botox. You should discuss your medical history with the medical practitioner who will perform the procedure to make sure you’re eligible.

However, assuming you’re good to go, you will be asked to take some steps leading up to your appointment. Most likely, you will have to avoid taking any blood-thinning medications or substances in the week leading up to the procedure. It includes blood thinners, painkillers such as aspirin or ibuprofen, as well as alcohol.

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It is pertinent to take these directions seriously, as blood thinners can slow down the healing process and make you more susceptible to bleeding at the injection site.

If you’re exploring your options for effective, minimally invasive ways to bring a youthful
appearance back to your face and fight the effects of time, a Botox brow lift may be just what you’re looking for.

What are the Benefits of a Botox Brow Lift Over a Traditional Brow Lift?

Though there are reasons one may choose to go the surgical route, there are also many advantages to opting for Botox over a traditional brow lift, the obvious being that a Botox brow lift is a minimally invasive procedure with a far lesser chance of unwanted side

A traditional brow lift involves cutting into a patient’s face and manipulating the musculature beneath the skin. It may result in scarring, requires a significant recovery time, and will likely leave you in a great deal of pain as you heal. As with any surgery, there is the potential for bleeding and infection. You may also have an adverse reaction to the anesthesia used during the procedure.

The results of the surgical procedure may also not be what you expected. If the surgeon makes a mistake, you may end up with too much lift and have a permanently surprised look on your face. As it is a permanent procedure, mistakes made in a surgical brow lift are significantly harder to fix. It would require further surgeries to correct, which will, in turn, lead to more recovery time. A mistake on the surgeon’s part could even damage the muscles and skin of the face in ways that even a skilled surgeon cannot repair. And even if there are no mistakes, a patient may find that they dislike the look.

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By contrast, a Botox brow lift is significantly less invasive. There is no recovery time. Generally, you’re in and out of the doctor’s office and back to your regular life within 30 minutes. It is also a much lower stakes procedure, as even adverse effects are unlikely to be permanent. And if you end up disliking the look of your face after your brow lift, you can wait until your face returns to its normal state after a couple of months. Then choose not to get another round of injections.

Furthermore, there is a financial component to consider. While a Botox brow lift may end up costing you more over time, you can choose to continue getting injections. Its impermanence means that it is significantly cheaper upfront. And the shorter recovery time means that, unlike the surgical procedure, you will not have to take any time away from work to recuperate.

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What Can You Expect From the Procedure Itself?

A Botox brow lift is a straightforward procedure that takes very little time to perform. It will be as little as 20 to 30 minutes from when you arrive and sign in to when you exit the clinic.

Before doing any injections, your doctor will likely apply a contact anesthetic to the injection sites to prevent any pain or discomfort during the procedure.

The doctor will then proceed with the injections done with a gentle tap of the syringe. It’s unlikely you’ll feel anything except pressure or a slight tingling sensation that disappears quickly. Congratulations, you’re done!

What is Important to Know After the Procedure?

While the Botox brow lift is safe and minimally invasive, there are still potential side effects associated with the procedure. Follow the aftercare directions given to you by your medical practitioner must be for best results.

First of all, do not lie flat for the first four hours after getting Botox. If you notice localized swelling or bruising, don’t panic! It is not an uncommon occurrence and should subside fairly quickly. Apply ice to the area around the injection site every 15 minutes. However, you must continue to avoid any blood-thinning medications for up to 24 hours after your brow lift. Since headaches can be another side effect of Botox, Tylenol is an option if you need a painkiller.

Do not do any exercise in the two hours immediately after your procedure. After this time window, low-impact exercise such as walking is permissible. You should not do any physical activity that increases your heart rate for at least the next 24 hours after your injection.

Refrain from manipulating the injected areas (and your face in general) until it’s been a day since your procedure. Avoid pressing and massaging on or around the injected area or getting a face massage or facial. Also, avoid going to professionals that would require you to lie face down on a massage table, such as a masseuse, a chiropractor, or a tattoo artist.

Avoid headwear that will pull at your facial skin and muscles, including hats, caps, or headbands. From about an hour after the procedure forward, you may want to start exaggerating your facial expressions and movements. Studies have shown that facial exercise can speed the effects of Botox, eliminating wrinkles faster.

What are the Risks Involved with a Botox Brow Lift?

While a Botox brow lift is a safer alternative than the surgical option, there are always risks involved with any cosmetic treatment.

Luckily, the majority of potential complications with Botox treatments are temporary. You may see some redness, pain, bruising, and swelling around the injection site, though this should resolve quickly and should not last more than ten days at most. If administered imprecisely, Botox injections may affect the wrong muscle groups. It can lead to (temporary) paralysis of facial nerves and drooping around the eyes or eyebrows.

Alternatively, they may cause an exaggerated lifting of the eyebrows beyond the desired results. Because Botox is not a permanent procedure, these complications should eventually subside.

You may also experience a mild headache or numbness around the injection site. These symptoms are rarer and should not continue past the first week.

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More extreme side effects are hugely rare but not impossible, taking the form of symptoms of botulism. It includes problems breathing, swallowing, and speaking, as well as changes to your speech. These symptoms generally occur because of improper dosage, which is why you should always receive Botox only from a trained professional. Should
these symptoms occur, take them seriously, and consult your doctor as soon as possible.

Aside from the potential medical complications, there is also the possibility that your results won’t be as dramatic as you’re hoping. It is because the effectiveness of a Botox brow lift is dependent on the strength of the surrounding muscles.

If the frontalis muscles are not very strong, removing the resistance of opposing muscle groups will not be enough for the targeted areas to lift very well. In this case, you may end up having to consider the surgical option to get the results you desire.

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How Much Does the Botox Brow Lift Cost?

The cost of a Botox procedure is affected by a variety of factors. The first of these has to do with how much Botox you need for your face. Botox is measured in ‘units’ of which you will need multiple for an injection. With a brow lift, the number of units will be decided by how much your brows and eyes are drooping, as well as how deep your wrinkles are in the area. With this procedure, you may end up looking at tens of units of Botox.

Additionally, the cost of Botox varies wildly from region to region, and you may end up paying significantly more or less than the average in your specific area.

You may also see variations based on the medical practitioner. Be careful—it is extremely dangerous to get a cosmetic procedure with an under-trained or unlicensed injector. If a Botox procedure is priced particularly low, it may be that the practitioner is not a reputable injector.

If you are seriously considering a brow lift, it is best to contact a medical practitioner. By doing so, you will obtain a unique quote according to your specific features.

Do I Need a Botox Brow Lift?

So, you’ve done your research, you understand the risks and what to expect, and now you’re left with the final question: Do I need a Botox brow lift?

Medically speaking, a professional can help determine whether you’re a good candidate for the procedure. They will give you a sense of the results you can expect (you can also scroll up and look at the list of things that make a good candidate for a Botox brow lift). But ultimately, this is a personal choice that no one else can decide for you.

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When you find yourself preoccupied with signs of aging and start noticing the way your eyes or eyebrows droop every time you look in the mirror, know that these are things that can change with a Botox brow lift along with other treatments. Whether you need a Botox depends simply on how you feel about noticing the signs of aging.

You may examine your feelings and decide that, ultimately, you’re alright with aging. You don’t need to do anything about them. Alternatively, you may end up deciding that a Botox brow lift has too subtle results for what you want and opt for the surgical option instead. They are, of course, all good choices.

But if you end up deciding that a Botox brow lift is the right path for you, remember: if you will get this procedure, it is crucial to find a trained, licensed, and reputable professional to perform it.

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Where Can I Get a Botox Brow Lift in Vancouver?

If you are a Vancouver resident looking for a reputable place to get a Botox brow lift, you should look no further than Sparrow MD.

Sparrow MD marries the reliability of a professional clinic with a luxurious boutique atmosphere. Their team of highly trained medical practitioners specializes in performing minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, including brow lift injections. Don’t trust your face with any less than the best.

You can find the clinic at:
2760 W Broadway,
Suite 209, Vancouver,
BC, V6K 4M2
P: 604-757-6404

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Medical Author

Dr. Zhai MD, CCFP

Dr. Zhai MD, CCFP

Dr. Jacqueline Zhai is a medical doctor with advanced training in aesthetic medicine. She is registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (CPSBC). She is also a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) and the Canadian Association of Aesthetic Medicine (CAAM). Dr. Zhai focuses on delivering natural results that are tailored to each and every one of her patients. She is passionate about providing her clients with the most advanced and up-to-date treatment options. Dr. Zhai and her team are constantly updating their knowledge and translating this into patient care. Dr. Zhai loves both the artistic and personal nature of her work. She dedicates her work to helping her clients look and feel confident at any age.