Question: What are the reasons to get a brow lift rather than botox injections?
Answer: Your question regarding the appropriateness of the brow lift rather than Botox is very common and reflects some of the confusion that is generated in the media. Botox is very effective at decreasing dynamic wrinkles. Brow lift re-drapes soft tissues that have settled over time. As the brows settle, our forehead muscle contracts to compensate for this descent. This does create deeper wrinkles across the forehead. Botox is placed into the muscle to relax these wrinkles. The brow can actually end up excessively low and the results can be very unhappy for the patient and the physician. If your brow seemed to be lower than you’d like and your forehead muscles are working overtime, then a consultation regarding brow lift is very appropriate. If it is just the scowling muscles, the inner portion of the brow above the bridge of the nose, that troubled you, then Botox is an excellent treatment option and surgery can be deferred.