What is this?
Treatment for this who have noticed their brows are sitting lower over time, or those who have naturally low sitting brows and would like them slightly elevated.
How does this work?
By using a muscle relaxant injection we decrease the muscle orbicularis oculi around the sides and under the brow from contracting strongly. By relaxing this muscle the forehead muscle will automatically lift the eyebrows higher with it natural elevating action.
Will this treatment work for me?
Using a muscle relaxant for a brow lift can be more effective for some people than others. Because it works by relaxing the downward pulling muscles so that that upward pulling muscles have proportionately more strength, results may vary according to each individual. In people with very strong forehead frontalis muscle, more lift can be achieved than in someone who has little movement in their forehead.
How long does it last?
The average treatment result lasts approximately 3-4 months from the date of treatment. There are, however, no guarantees for the longevity of the product as different people metabolise it at a different rate. Sometimes the longevity may even vary in the same person during different periods of their life depending on things like life stressors, illness, increased/decreased exercise, medications, climate, etc.
How much product will I need?
This relates to the size of the muscle, if you have previously had a treatment, how quickly you tend to metabolise the product, your age, and if you like a very subtle change or a very smooth appearance. Men will usually require more product than women. Older people will usually require a higher dose than younger people.
What if it doesn’t work?
If your muscle turns out to be stronger than expected, it is very simple to repeat the procedure with a higher dosage of product for increased effect. Just remember that you can always put more in, but you can’t take it out, so it is better to start with a slightly more conservative treatment and increase the dose at your follow up appointment.
Does it work straight away?
You will find that the visible effects of the muscle relaxer injections occur in approximately 7-10 days but can range between 3-14 days. After this time the brows will begin to lift.
What are the possible side effects specific to this treatment?
Localised side effects include redness, swelling, tenderness, bruising.
These muscle relaxer injections can be very close to the eye so that it is important to stick to the aftercare information provided. There is a risk of the product moving upwards into the lower forehead muscle (frontalis) causing a "brow droop" rather than a lift. At the same time there is also the risk of the product moving down into the delicate eyelid muscle causing "eyelid droop" which causes the eyelid not to open as much as usual. These symptoms can occur on one or both sides. They are both temporary side effects but can be avoided by using a lower starting dose in high risk people.
Please note that this is not a complete list of general side effects related to wrinkle treatment injections, but those related specific to this area being treated. For a more complete list of side effects, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.
What happens if I don’t do it again?
If you have only had the treatment once and don’t want to repeat the muscle relaxer injections in the future, the area will return back to how it was before the treatment – generally no better and no worse.
This is one procedure where having the treatment done over an extended period of time will not change or improve the position of the brows in the long term. To maintain the results of a brow lift, the treatment will need to be repeated regularly.