Botox, when done properly can create the appearance of a brow lift in some patients. There are small muscles in the forehead that are used in scowling or frowning. Botox can create a small (3-4 millimeters) of lift in the outer brow area by relaxing those frown muscles that pull the brow downward in that area and staying away from the other muscles in the forehead. This is done by temporarily paralyzing the muscles.
This creates a slight raise of the eyebrows, and the results can vary from person to person. When done well, a patient’s eyes appear more open and refreshed. Most advanced injectors of Botox will be skilled at providing this Botox “lateral brow lift” procedure. This is important, as too much Botox can actually cause drooping, which would defeat the purpose altogether. Depending upon the patient, results can last anywhere from 3-6 months. This procedure is generally recommended for younger patients with good skin elasticity as aging and poor elasticity can have a visually unappealing result. In those cases, a surgical brow lift may be a better option.