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Botox Brow Lifts

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Almost all of us develop lines in between our brows as we age and our skin begins to lose elastin in that area. To soften these lines patients can undergo a surgical procedure called a brow lift or they can use a neuromodulator like Botox to raise the eyebrows. In this article we’ll explore what a Botox brow lift is, who may benefit from one, and how much it costs.

What is a Botox brow lift?

A Botox brow lift is a procedure that uses Botox to raise the eyebrows and eliminate the frown lines in between the eyes. The Botox injections relax the muscles creating the frown lines which allows the forehead to pull the brow upwards.

Small doses can also be placed under the eyebrow or at the tip of the eyebrow to release the pull from the orbicularis oculi, the circular muscle that goes all around the eye and also pulls the middle and outer brow down. See photo below.

What types of neuromodulators can you use for a brow lift?

Some patients may find that they build resistance to Botox or Dysport due to a protein coating that they build antibodies to (more info on this can be found here). These patients are typically able to use a “Naked” Botulinum toxin like Xeomin to obtain the same results.

Who should get a Botox brow lift?

Almost everyone is a good candidate for glabellar Botulinum Toxin injections. Those with heavy lids, heavy brows, flat brows, or with 11’s lines will see the most benefit. To read more about general information about Botox read the article below.

Is a Botox brow lift safe?

Botox brow lifts are safe and fast when performed by trained injectors. To ensure that you’re getting the best results and the safest procedure make sure to find a trained injector like Ali from Elite Medical & Aesthetics. Keep reading to find out more about some of the potential side effects of this procedure.

What should I do to prepare for a Botox brow lift?

As with any procedure, talk to your injecting provider about what to expect and how to prepare for your appointment. In general though, some of the major things to do before your Botox brow lift might include:

  • Researching your injector thoroughly. Check out their reviews and their credentials prior to booking.
  • Tell your injector what medication you’re currently taking.
  • Consider taking zinc prior to your appointment. Zinc may help the Botox last longer. 
  • Schedule your appointment for a good time when you can have a moment to recover without work or activities.
  • Consider icing the area prior to being injected if you’re nervous. It will make the procedure less painful and may reduce post injection bruising.

Some things to consider not doing before your appointment include:

  • Taking things that will thin your blood like aspirin, ibuprofin, omega-3, ginseng, and fish oil (unless prescribed for a health condition) as they can increase bleeding and bruising.
  • Smoking cigarettes, smoking impacts how long it takes for you to recover.
  • Drinking alcohol prior to your appointment. It has the potential to slow recovery time and make bruising worse. You also cannot legally consent to your procedure if under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 
  • Using skincare products that could irritate your skin prior to your appointment.
  • Wearing makeup to your appointment. Your injector will need to easily see where they’re injecting.
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For more info on what to do and what to avoid before getting Botox, check out our guide

What is a Botox brow lift like?

A Botox brow lift is a very simple outpatient procedure that generally takes under an hour. The procedure itself may only be a few minutes. A good portion of the appointment will be a discussion with the injector and some prep. The injections themselves will be brief and shouldn’t be too painful, feeling like minor pricks. If you are worried about the pain involved, talk to your injecting provider about this, they may have solutions.

When will I see results from a Botox brow lift?

According to studies, and in office observations, we have found that results of Botox brow lifts generally show within a week of the injections. For some products, such as Xeomin, results may show within 24 hours for certain individuals.

What is Botox brow lift aftercare?

Most injectors will have specific aftercare instructions so be sure to follow your specific injectors instructions, but common consideration for aftercare treatment may include:

  • Avoiding lying down for 4 hours after your injections. This is a theoretical precaution to stop the medication from migrating. 
  • Wait at least 8 hours before resuming strenuous exercise and preferably 24 hours. Exercise increases blood flow to the face which theoretically could also cause migration of the medication. Sweat may also irritate the injection sites. 
  • Use a cold compress or ice pack on the area injected to reduce redness and swelling if you need it.

Is there any downtime after a Botox brow lift?

There is very little downtime for Botulinum Toxin injections. Following the aftercare instructions above, you should be able to get back to work or other light activities immediately after

The most common after effects to plan for are small bumps that look like mosquito bites, those typically resolve within 30-45 minutes. Minor redness will resolve within this amount of time as well. Very rarely does bruising occur and it usually just looks like a tiny freckle, usually under the eyes. 

What are the side effects of a Botox brow lift?

Mild side effects of Botox brow lifts can include:

  • Soreness
  • Headaches
  • Pain or swelling at injection site
  • Temporary Numbness
  • Mild bruising 

Talk to your injector about all the potential side effects prior to receiving your treatment.

Can a botox brow lift help hooded eyes?

Hooded eyes occur when an extra portion of skin covers the crease of the eye. This gives the eyes the appearance of the eyelid being smaller. This can be genetic or occur with aging. When the muscles that pull the brows down are deactivated with Botox this allows the brows to lift, therefore lifting the extra “hooded” skin.

What Hooded Eyelids Look Like
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How much does a Botox brow lift cost?

A Botox brow lift can take anywhere from 20-40 units of Botox (or up to 120 if Dysport is used). This can cost anywhere from $200-$500+ depending on units and what your provider charges. For more on pricing click the pink button below.

How long does a Botox brow lift last?

Botulinum Toxin injections will last 3-4 months for most people between the brows in the 11’s area (the glabella). The small doses around the eyes to aid in the brow lift may only last 6-8 weeks because the dose is smaller and it’s a high movement area. For tips on how to make your Botox last longer, read the blog below.

How does a botox brow lift compare to a surgical brow lift?

A surgical brow lift will lift the brows permanently (until further aging occurs at least) whereas a Botox brow lift is only temporary. The Botox can also only do so much depending on each person’s unique anatomy.

For someone with heavy lids, they would likely need an eyelid surgery called a blepharoplasty. This surgery is also permanent (until further aging occurs). So a younger person, or someone looking for a mild change, could consider the Botox brow lift.  An older person, or someone seeking a more drastic and permanent change, should consult with a board certified Plastic Surgeon to talk about surgical options.

Is a Botox brow lift worth it?

Aesthetic procedures like a Botox brow lift, are a personal choice that only you can decide on. A Botox brow lift may be the right answer for those with heavy lids, heavy brows, or 11’s lines. If you would like to learn more, and are located in the Lone Tree, CO ares, book a consult at Elite Medical & Aesthetics below.

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Everything You Need to Know About Baby Botox

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Sometimes we like to dip our toes into the pool before diving in. When it comes to injectables, dipping our toes in can seem like it is entirely out of the question. But with baby Botox (smaller amounts of Botox) we can see some of the natural looking results of Botox without making a major leap into the injectable pool. In this article we’ll break down what baby Botox is, who it may be right for, and how much it costs.

What is baby Botox?

Baby Botox is extremely similar to regular Botox injections. It is simply injecting smaller amounts of Botox into areas prone to fine lines and wrinkles. The goal of baby Botox is to show the most natural results without completely relaxing the muscles. It is a great way for people worried about injectables to get an idea of what the effects would be like.

How does baby Botox work?

Just like regular Botox injections the goal is to decrease lines and wrinkles. “Baby Botox”, also trademarked “MicroTox”, is when a trained provider injects very superficial amounts of Botulinum Toxin under the top layer of skin with a goal of not quite reaching the muscle. These tiny doses will smooth and relax the skin while still allowing for more natural movement. However, even baby Botox can drift around 1cm so it’s always possible it will affect the muscle. 

What areas can you get baby Botox injected?

Baby Botox is perfect for areas with fine lines and wrinkles where you would want a natural look (see photo below). It is used in many of the same areas that traditional Botox would be used, like:

  • Around the lips
  • Neck
  • Jaw area
  • Crow’s feet
  • Forehead wrinkles
  • Frown lines between brows
Areas that patients get baby Botox
Image courtesy of Westlake Dermatology

Who is a good candidate for baby Botox?

Baby Botox is best for younger clients or those with minimal lines and wrinkles because it’s going to be a modest effect compared to traditional injections. However, it can also be used strategically in clients with more severe lines and wrinkles to give natural appearing results in combination with full treatment. A good example is using this technique right above the eyebrows to allow for some lift of the brow while still smoothing the skin. For more on Botox brow lifts, read the article below.

What are the benefits of baby Botox?

  • Possibly a more natural appearance 
  • Can diminish signs of aging like lines and wrinkles without disrupting facial movements
  • Can be used in combination of full treatments for more control over the final result

Is baby Botox safe?

It is important to note that all aesthetic procedures come with inherent risks. Baby Botox done by a trained injector with years of experience is generally very safe. It has been studied and may have even fewer side effects than traditional Botox because of its smaller doses.

What are the side effects of baby Botox?

Though baby Botox may have fewer side effects than traditional Botox, you may still run the risk of:

  • Bruising in the areas injected
  • Swelling around the injection site
  • Headaches
  • Potential for it to drift deeper leading to the same effect as regular injections

Always consult with your injector about the possible side effects before having a procedure done.

What is the difference between baby Botox and Botox?

Baby Botox and traditional Botox are extremely similar. They both utilize onabotulinumtoxin-A or another type of toxin to weaken muscles. This process weakens muscles and lessens lines and wrinkles. Baby Botox is focused on using less of the same toxin superficially to achieve more natural results. Using less produces less noticeable effects but can still help lessen wrinkles and lines. This makes it great for clients that have never tried Botox before. For more information on botox in general, read the article below. 

How much does baby Botox cost?

Baby Botox prices are determined by the type of toxin (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin) used and the injector you choose. That being said, baby Botox procedures may require half as much toxin as a traditional Botox treatment. But the cost may be the same due to the advanced training of the clinician to perform this treatment and also the additional time it takes for all of the extra injection sites. For instance, a traditional forehead treatment might be 5-10 sites of a regular treatment and double or triple that for Baby Botox. Some of the costs might be:

  • Around the lips: $100+
  • Neck: $200+
  • Jaw area: $200+
  • Crow’s feet: $200+
  • Forehead wrinkles: $200+
  • Frown lines between brows: $200+

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How do you prepare for baby Botox?

 For any medical procedure you’ll want to check with your injecting provider for a full list of instructions. In general most patients prepare for baby Botox the same way they would prepare for regular Botox procedures.

This may include: avoiding blood thinning medications and supplements (unless prescribed for health reasons), icing beforehand if needed, taking zinc, and showing up with a makeup clear face. For more information on what to do to prepare, check our Botox prep guide.

What is a baby Botox procedure like?

The baby Botox procedure is a very quick process that generally takes less than 30 minutes and up to 60 minutes for full face and neck.

The procedure will generally start with your injector talking to you about what will happen and asking you a few questions. After that they will wipe your face with a cleaning solution. Over the next few minutes the practitioner will inject Botox into the target areas. The injector will then explain aftercare treatment for you. From there, you’ll be on your way to continue on with your day.

What is baby Botox aftercare?

Talk to your injecting provider for a complete list of aftercare instructions. In general though, aftercare is fairly straightforward and may include: 

  • Avoid rubbing or massaging the area treated. This could cause the toxin to move around and have unwanted effects. As well as increase risk for infection (hands are dirty!).
  • You may also consider not laying down for 4 hours after your treatment to make sure the toxin doesn’t move around.
  • Consider avoiding strenuous exercise after the procedure to avoid swelling and inflammation.
  • In some cases, icing the area can help reduce discomfort from the procedure since it’s a lot of pokes to spread the baby Botox around! You can ice for 5 minutes on and 5-10 minutes off as needed in most cases. Consider not wearing makeup immediately post-procedure to keep the injections site clean and to avoid rubbing and spreading the toxin. Always discuss aftercare with your injector to make sure you’re properly following their instructions. 
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What types of neuromodulators can be used for baby Botox?

Some patients may find that they build resistance to Botox or Dysport due to a protein coating that they build antibodies to (more info on this can be found here). These patients are typically able to use a “Naked” Botulinum toxin like Xeomin to obtain the same results.

Photo Credit: Birmingham Med Spa

How long does baby Botox last?

Baby Botox typically lasts for 6-8 weeks depending on where it is injected. In higher movement areas, like the area around the mouth, it tends to have a shorter life. You’ll want to make sure you set up an appointment for another round of injections at this point to maintain the results.

Does baby Botox last as long as regular Botox?

Baby Botox generally does not last as long as regular Botox which can last for 4 months or longer. It doesn’t last as long because it is lower doses that are spread out more. For more information on how you can make your botox last longer, read the blog below!

Is baby Botox worth it?

Having any type of aesthetic procedure is a personal choice and you have to decide for yourself if it is worth it. If you’re newer to injectables or have never tried Botox, this may be an easy way to get a glimpse of what it would be like. If you are located in the Lone Tree, CO area, and would like to learn more or chat about this procedure, book a consult below.

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