Posted on 01/10/2018
Using upper face Botox, from a female brow positioning perspective
In 2018 eyebrows are considered one of the most important features of a person’s face, as when positioned correctly they elude to age and gender differences & also help frame another important facial feature: your eyes. There are many brow fads and trends that come and go, but anyone in the “know” with brows will tell you there are proportions and ratios to adhere too.
A typical female brow should start from an imaginary line running vertically through the middle of the nostril, tapering upwards to a point that can be found as a line connecting the tip of the nose and the iris (coloured part of the eye) and then tapering down to a point that can be found through a line from the nostril through the outer corner part of the eye. Interestingly if you want your nasal bridge to appear thinner, draw your brows slightly further in and if you would like it wider than draw them slightly further apart.
My good friend, client and colleague is a great example of someone that has an 'ideal female brow position'.
As we age, most women experience a lowering of their eyebrows often prompting a visit to a place like The Face Place to discuss neuromodulators (or muscle relaxers) such as Botox.
Botox in the upper face should freshen, enhance and correct. I believe it should never be obvious and facial movement in most areas is preferable. Interestingly, part of the definition of an eyebrow that I found stated “they are also important for human communication and facial expression”. Neuromodulator results “done well” therefore further proves that some animation is in fact required!
Botox in the frown is a common request to soften lines that appear in this area usually due to repetitive muscle movement over time. Frowning has an angry connotation so improving this area can soften the client’s overall appearance. But wait right there, the most impressive thing about treating this area is that the muscles that we use to treat in the frown are downwards pulling muscles so when you treat them, they have an upwards and outwards effect. In most women this is positive, as it creates “medial” lift which opens the eye and improves the brow. In some women with eyebrows that are further apart, this treatment may create some “splay”, so you may need to draw your eyebrows slightly closer together (usually is dose related). I believe this is the one area that you can complete relax with neuromodulators and not look strange!
Forehead lines are a common complaint by clients but also a challenge for most clinicians as it’s a tricky and less predictable muscle. The forehead is the muscle that lifts your eyebrows so treating this area too heavily can flatten the brow creating the appearance of a heavy, tired more masculine brow rather than a fresh feminine brow. In a nutshell- less is more, eyebrow positioning trumps forehead lines every time and spocking (excessive elevation of the arch is tell-tale)! I personally like to softly treat this area to soften the lines but retain normal even movement.
An example of what can happen to our brows as we age.
Lastly treating the “upper crow’s feet” can enhance the tail/ arch of the brow. As we get older we tend to experience a downwards vector of our brow which can lead to a sad appearance. These muscles in this area are the upper part of a sphincter muscle that pull downwards, therefore by treating them you can soften a few crows’ feet while opening the outside part of the eye and improving the brow. Again, some movement in this area is normal to retain the sparkle in your eye!
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Disclaimer - Important information from Allergan Pharmaceuticals. "Botox® is a prescription medicine containing 100 units of clostridium botulinum Type A toxin complex for injection. It is used for the treatment of severe frown lines and associated “crows feet” around the eyes. It should be administered by trained medical professionals. Talk to your specialist about the benefits/risks of this procedure in appearance medicine. Cautions: people with defective neuro-muscular transmission disorders, presence of infection at site of injection, glaucoma, pregnancy and lactation. Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning or redness at injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eye lids, lack of feeling & nausea. If you have side effects or concerns, speak to your doctor. A charge applies. Allergan Pharmaceuticals, Auckland.” “Note: Botox® treatment lasts about four months and after this time further courses of treatment may be necessary. Speak to your specialist about your own situation.”
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