There are now more options than ever when it comes to creating the appearance of an eyebrow or eyelid lift. While there are still surgical options available, nonsurgical treatment — also known as nonsurgical blepharoplasty — is also on the rise.
These types of nonsurgical brow lifts may come in the form of injections, such as Botox and dermal fillers, which help to create the appearance of a skin lift without any surgery.
The exact eye treatment you choose depends on your own needs, as well as other factors like your overall health and budget. It’s important to talk to a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon about all your options.
If you’re looking to lift the eye area without surgery, you should know that there are many options to choose from. Here are the most common nonsurgical brow lift treatments.
This treatment method can be completed within minutes, and no downtime is required. You may still experience mild side effects, such as redness, and you’ll need additional injections in the future to maintain your results.
Botox (botulinum toxin type A) is a class of cosmetic injections called neuromodulators that smooth fine lines and wrinkles by relaxing underlying muscles. It works particularly well for glabellar frown lines, which are the deep wrinkles that can form between your eyebrows.
The results from Botox are relatively quick compared to dermal fillers. However, you’ll also need to get touch-up injections every 4 to 6 months to maintain your results. Side effects from Botox may include headaches, numbness, and difficulty swallowing.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
PRP is another type of cosmetic injection that helps rejuvenate skin tissues, possibly creating a more youthful appearance. Unlike dermal fillers and neuromodulators, PRP uses your own blood. Your provider uses centrifugation before injecting the sample back into your body.
PRP is often used in combination with microneedling, laser treatments, Botox, and dermal fillers.
While more research is needed on the use of PRP as a cosmetic treatment for wrinkles, this method is thought to help treat certain health conditions, such as arthritis.
Ultherapy and ThermiTight are other methods that help stimulate collagen production, thereby equipping your skin with the ability to reduce wrinkles form the inside out. Your provider uses a device that emits ultrasound energy to stimulate collagen in the desired treatment area.
Ultherapy can take an hour or two, which is a bit longer than injectable materials. Results may be seen within a few days of treatment.
Also known as laser skin resurfacing, laser therapy treats wrinkles via ablative lasers to remove upper layers of your skin. The idea is that new, smoother skin cells will grow back in place of the old ones.
Since eye lifts are considered cosmetic procedures, they aren’t usually covered by health insurance. It’s important to discuss all associated costs with your provider ahead of time. You may even be able to arrange financing or payment plans for your treatments.
Nonsurgical eye lifts require little to no time off, but you may want to factor in missed work depending on what your provider recommends.
The following list consists of estimated costs for nonsurgical eye lift treatments:
- Dermal fillers: Costs depend on brand name, but they may range between $682 and $915 per syringe.
- Botox: Charged by number of units used; the average amount total cost per treatment is $376.
- PRP: For wrinkle treatment, PRP costs an average of $683 per syringe.
- Ultherapy: The average cost is $1,802 per treatment.
- Laser therapy: The average cost of an ablative laser resurfacing session is $2,071.
Your exact costs will depend on treatment area, provider, and location.
While invasive surgeries pose more risks compared to nonsurgical brow lifts, there are still risks of the following side effects:
- bleeding, soreness, or numbness
- nerve injuries
- breathing or eating difficulties
- droopy eyebrows or eyelids
- hyperpigmentation (from laser resurfacing)
Nonsurgical blepharoplasty is intended for people who’ve already tried over-the-counter wrinkle treatments and haven’t achieved their desired results.
Some candidates combine surgery with these treatments for maximum results. It’s important to discuss all options with your provider, as well as any potential risks.
These treatments aren’t intended for people under the age of 18. Women who are pregnant or nursing should also avoid these treatments. You may have to limit physical activity for a few days following your treatment so you can allow the full results to take effect.
Your doctor may not recommend skin treatments if you take certain medications, such as blood thinners. It’s important to tell your doctor about any herbs, medications, or supplements you take, as these may interact with the procedure.
Another consideration is your provider. It’s important to shop around and discuss your nonsurgical brow lift with a reputable dermatologist or surgeon only. Undergoing treatment at a nonmedical facility can increase your risk for potentially life threatening side effects.
Skin wrinkling and droopiness is a natural phenomenon that occurs with age. After your 30s, your skin naturally loses collagen, a protein that keeps your skin smooth. As collagen loss continues, fine lines and wrinkles become more prominent.
Your eyelid and eyebrow areas are more prone to wrinkling, partly due to the fact that your skin is much thinner compared to other areas of your face. While you may not be able to prevent wrinkles entirely, diet, lifestyle, and good skin care habits can improve the health of your skin.
A traditional brow lift may be a more permanent fix, but surgery can be intimidating due to the costs, risks, and long recovery times. Nonsurgical brow lift options may be ideal if you’re looking for less invasive options.
Still, nonsurgical brow lifts aren’t permanent solutions. You’ll need to repeat the treatments to maintain your results.