Botox is a chemical that surgeons utilize for fixing the brows. An all-around chemical, botox, can provide the results that many people want to achieve. However, botox procedures raise the concern of whether they actually raise the eyebrows or lowers.
Botox can both raise or lower the eyebrows. In most cases, the purpose of botox is to raise the eyebrows. The key is the intent behind the procedure and how botox is applied. Lower eyebrows are usually an unwanted result of a botched botox procedure in the forehead.
Botox has been around for quite some time now. It’s been around since the 1970s and its accidental discovery. However, cosmetic use of the chemical only began in the early 1990s. Botox has plenty of cosmetic applications. The most common of these applications is probably in fixing wrinkles or unwanted lines on the face.
However, botox can do much more than that. The key to understanding how botox raises or lowers the eyebrows is in knowing how botox works.
How Does Botox Work?
If you think that botox is this magical formula that takes away lines, it’s not. It works by temporarily paralyzing or limiting the movement of the targeted muscles. If the goal is to eliminate lines, it can do so. It does this by targeting the muscles that cause the expression lines to appear.
Contrary to what many people think, the effects of botox do not add up. There is a very defined limit of what your muscles can and cannot do. And for most cases, there is a limitation to how botox can change or alter eyebrows in the way you need.
Human beings can raise and lower their eyebrows due to forces brought on by muscles. Some muscles bring up the eyebrows, and some muscles bring them down. These muscles in the eyebrows work together to create equilibrium. The chemical needs strategic placement to get the effect that the patient wants. Without proper and accurate consideration for placement, botox can very easily go wrong.
Botox’s Effect on Eyebrows
As previously mentioned, the effect of botox relies on the intent behind it. Guys may want lower set eyebrows to emulate the Hunter Eye look. However, most girls want more high set eyebrows.
Higher eyebrows accentuate the other features of the face. Plus, it creates the illusion of a much slimmer face. For this reason, many women covet the appearance of arched eyebrows. The best procedure to achieve this is a brow lift.
However, the appearance of good-looking eyebrows is highly dependent on the other features of the face. While most would prefer a higher arch for their eyebrows, it still depends on what they want on an individual scale. Some may be unsatisfied with their eyebrows in the sense that their eyebrows are too far up their forehead. In these cases, a lowering of the eyebrows is in order.
In certain situations, may it be due to inexperience or incompetence, botox can go wrong. When the botox is is too low, it could affect the muscles that bring the eyebrows up. Thus, the botox work could cause the eyebrows to be lower than what is ideal.
This mess-up contributes to the idea that a lower set of eyebrows is undesirable and not wanted. And while that is true in most cases, there is no universal answer to what a patient wants with their eyebrows.
In short, botox can do both. The limitations of botox do not lie in whether or not it raises or lowers the eyebrows. It is more of a question of how much it can raise or lower the eyebrows.
Botox is not infallible. If your eyebrows muscles are not strong enough to bring your eyebrows up to the desired length, then there is little that botox can do.
Risks of Botox
Though botox is a relatively safe procedure, there are some risks associated with it.
1. Pain and Swelling
In certain cases, there could be pain and swelling in the area of injection. It may even bruise in other situations. Make sure to consult your doctor if you experience any unusual discomfort and pain after the procedure.
2. Muscle Weakness
Another possible side-effect of botox is muscle weakness. As a drug that targets muscles, specifically, the toxins in the chemical could spread to other parts of the body. This spread can be dangerous, and you will need immediate medical attention if you ever experience muscle weakness after a botox procedure.
3. Vision Problems
Additionally, botox could also pose problems for vision. The history of botox was not purely cosmetic. Botox used to be for ophthalmic problems. Today, there could be vision issues associated with botox. Like the other side-effects, make sure to call your surgeon when you experience this symptom.
On a less serious note, botox could also cause headaches after the procedure. Though not overly alarming, you should still contact your surgeon if they have any recommendations. However, Botox is also used to treat headaches, so this side-effect is unlikely.
5. Botox Gone Wrong
No one procedure is without risks. Botox, famous as it is, has a lot of risks as well. Perhaps one of the more notable risks is the risk that the procedure gives you sub-par or unintended results. There could be a mistake in the surgeon’s technique, or there could be a slip-up during the procedure.
Any of these situations will result in undesirable results that the patient does not want. This risk exists in any procedure, which is why choosing the right surgeon is incredibly important. For any procedure that has to do with the face, you should be vigilant in searching for the right expert.
You can mitigate the risks of botox going wrong if you do your research and choose a board-certified surgeon that you know does the job well. Price should not be a factor because you’re paying for something relatively permanent. If you are going to get a procedure done, make sure that you get it done well.
An Overview of Botox
Botox is a generally easy procedure. It takes only a little bit out of your day, and you can continue doing your normal activities after the procedure. There are no complicated preparations for Botox other than what your surgeon may recommend.
However, it would be best if you refrained from touching or rubbing the target area. This lack of stimulation will help prevent the chemical from spreading to the other areas of the face. The results will start to show in about three days after the procedure. So by that point, you can expect changes to crop up.
Botox is not a permanent solution. You will need multiple touch-ups over time if you want to commit to a specific appearance. Botox usually lasts for about three to six months after the procedure (Satriyasa, 2019). The expenses can stack up, so make sure to consider your budget as well. Overall, the pros outweigh the cons for the benefits that you get with botox.