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How Does the “Chemical Brow Lift” Work?

How Does the “Chemical Brow Lift” Work?

Traditionally, if you wanted to elevate heavy or drooping brows and attain younger-looking eyes, you had to undergo brow lift surgery. Fortunately, advances in cosmetic medicine and injectable products have made it possible to reposition the brows without surgery or the related expense and downtime. The oculoplastic surgeons at Eyesthetica offer chemical brow lift, a non-surgical alternative to traditional brow lift that repositions the brows higher on the face during a single short office visit. What Does a Chemical Brow Lift Accomplish? The position on the eyebrows is primarily determined by two underlying muscles — one of which pulls the brows downward. Chemical brow lift is designed to relax the muscles that pull down on the eyebrows to help lift the brows and open up the eyes, creating a more youthful and energetic appearance. Our team accomplishes this by carefully injecting small amounts of Botox in precise locations just below the brow. As the Botox relaxes the muscle, the brow subtly lifts, and the eyes open up. Sometimes dermal fillers are also used to make the area underneath the brow look plumper, which provides a slight lift. Chemical brow lift is typically recommended if you have mild to moderate brow drooping and not a lot of excess skin that must be removed. If your brows sit very low on your face and you have a lot of excess saggy skin, you may be better suited to traditional brow lift surgery. What to Expect During a Chemical Brow Lift A chemical brow lift can be performed during a short in-office appointment. One of our doctors will examine your face and...
Can Your Sleep Position Cause Wrinkles?

Can Your Sleep Position Cause Wrinkles?

Getting enough quality sleep is crucial to looking and feeling good — it’s called “beauty sleep” for a reason — but sleep has recently come under fire for possibly contributing to wrinkles. Here, Los Angeles eye surgeons at Eyesthetica discusses the claim that certain sleep positions lead to more wrinkles, shares our thoughts and explains what to do about pesky lines. The Claim: Sleeping On Your Side Causes More Wrinkles There has been some concern lately that sleeping in a position that pushes the face against the pillow (i.e., laying in the fetal position) continually creases the skin and leads to more wrinkles. This has many people worried because, according to a British sleep study, 41 percent of people sleep on their sides. The concern is that repeatedly pleating the skin leaves behind permanent marks. The Truth behind Wrinkles The cause of the wrinkles depends on what kind of wrinkle it is. Static wrinkles occur due to factors like genetics, sun damage and (most notably) the natural effects of the aging process that cause the skin to lose elasticity. Dynamic wrinkles are caused by repeatedly making facial expressions, like smiling and frowning, where the skin creases. While there are some doctors that believe sleeping in a position that continually folds the skin (like scrunching the face against a coarse pillow) leads to wrinkles, the consensus is that sleep position won’t significantly contribute to wrinkles, and changing sleep position won’t prevent wrinkles. Because of aging, sun exposure and natural facial expressions, wrinkles and lines are virtually unavoidable. What Can Be Done about Wrinkles? Just because wrinkles are unavoidable does not...
When Is It Time to Switch from Injectables to Surgery?

When Is It Time to Switch from Injectables to Surgery?

Injectable products like Botox, Juvederm and Restylane are excellent anti-aging products for people in their 30s and 40s. But at a certain point, these products no longer deliver the desired results and surgical intervention becomes necessary. Cosmetic eye surgeons of Eyesthetica explain some signs that it might be time for you to switch from injectables to surgery. You’re Bothered by Sagging Skin Over time, the body’s supply of collagen and elastin — two products necessary for firm, elastic skin — starts to dwindle. This causes the skin to loosen and sag. While injectables can smooth wrinkled or creased skin, unfortunately they cannot tighten or firm the skin. Surgical treatment, such as facelift, eyelid surgery or laser skin resurfacing, is needed to address skin laxity. You’ve Noticed Jowls and Lack of Definition in the Lower Face and Neck If you have noticeable jowls and lack of definition in the lower face and neck, injectables won’t help. Injectables cannot lift fallen tissue or remove excess fat and skin. Only surgery can effectively address these issues to create a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. You Have Trouble Fitting Follow-Up Treatments into Your Schedule The results of injectable treatment are temporary and last several months, depending on the specific product. This means you need regular follow-up treatments to maintain your results long-term. If regularly scheduling follow-up treatments has become a problem, and it is difficult to carve time out of your schedule for appointments, surgery may be a good option. Surgical treatment offers long-lasting results that don’t require follow-up treatment. The Cost Required to Maintain Treatment Is a Financial Burden The repeated costs...
How Often Do I Need to Get Botox or Filler Treatment?

How Often Do I Need to Get Botox or Filler Treatment?

One of the best ways to counteract wrinkles, fine lines and loss of facial volume (without putting in a lot of time or funds) is with injections of Botox or dermal fillers. However, one drawback of non-surgical anti-aging treatment with these products is that the results are only temporary, and patients must schedule regular treatment to maintain the results long-term. If you are wondering just how often you would need to schedule repeat Botox or dermal filler treatment, the team at Eyesthetica has your answer here. Results Vary between Patients Results of cosmetic injectables vary among patients. However, on average, the effects of Botox last between three and six months, and the effects of dermal fillers (e.g., Juvederm, Restylane) can last six months up to a year, depending on the formulation and where it is placed. The variation in results happens for several reasons. Lifestyle, sun exposure, skin care regimen and genetics can all affect the result and effectiveness of injectable products. Some areas of the face that move very frequently — like the skin around the mouth — need to be injected more often. Certain people metabolize injectables differently. Larger or stronger facial muscles may cause Botox to wear off more quickly. Men, who tend to have stronger facial muscles, may require a higher dosage of the product or more frequent treatments. The skill of the injector is important. A talented injector will know precisely where to inject the product and how much to use to maximize the results. It is a myth that the body builds up antibodies to Botox and fillers, causing the effects to wear...