Volume loss has a number of effects on the face, one of which is a falling or drooping brow line. Some of the other common causes of a sagging brow include:
One, or more of these causes may be present if you feel that sagging has occurred in this region, which means treatments need to be tailored to suit the individual.
By relaxing specific muscles around the eye area, it’s possible to reverse one of the most common effects of ageing. The position of your brow is partially determined by the balance between a group of muscles pulling the brow up and a group of muscles pulling the brow down. Anti-wrinkle injections are used to relax these muscles, creating a smoother, lifted appearance.
What about restoring skin firmness? Depending on the severity of skin laxity, epiclinic® has devices that firm the skin, reducing the “sad” appearance that occurs near the eye area. Devices that perform this function range from ultrasound/radio frequency (Exilis Protégé Elite) and fractionated non-ablative (Fraxel re:store) lasers, to the Acupulse CO2 fractionated ablative laser.
In a high number of cases, depressions at the temples is the main culprit of a drooping brow. It never ceases to amaze us how brighter the eye area results from reducing the depression with dermal filler, with the effects lasting 12-24 months.
Before a treatment can be administered, a consultation is required. During this time, your eligibility as a patient and your medical history will be evaluated. A doctor will provide you with a personalised recommendation that will help you treat the specific underlying cause of your problematic brow.
Areas for injection are first checked with ultrasound imaging with the aim to identify blood vessels and other structures which may interfere with the procedure. Local anaesthetic is contained within the dermal filler. A series of injections will then be administered in order to achieve the desired outcome. Additional treatments may also be required depending on the causes of your ageing concerns. The entire session shouldn’t last longer than an hour but 20 – 30 minutes is usually the norm.
Some bruising and swelling can be expected directly after your treatment but patients are still free to return to work if they want to. Some laser treatments may require some downtime though – your doctor will take you through everything you need to know during your consultation.
If cosmetic injections were used, it’s important not to touch or rub the area for the first 24 hours. Strenuous exercise or activities that cause excess sweating should also be avoided for at least 48 hours as this can affect your results. If dermal fillers are used, results are immediate, but you will still need to wait a day or two for the swelling to subside. The results of anti-wrinkle injections and laser treatments require slightly more time to take effect.
Since these are non-surgical treatments, follow-up sessions will be required but in most instances, patients only require one or two treatments every year to maintain their results.
Non-surgical treatments might be less complex but they still require specific qualifications and skills. Any treatment that you receive at epiclinic will always be administered by a qualified doctor or who understands the treatment and how the skin cells react. Our aim is always to ‘look better, not different’ for naturally refreshed outcomes.
Any type of cosmetic procedure, whether it’s surgical or not, does carry some degree of risk. Bruising, swelling and mild discomfort are the most common side effects of a non-surgical brow lift. There are additional complications that could occur if laser treatments are used. We will take you through all of the complications and risks to be aware of during your consultation so that you know exactly what to expect.
New patient consultation fees to see Dr Molton are $85 and are payable when booking.