Eyebrows/ʌɪ braʊs/ the strip of hair growing on the ridge above a person's eye socket.
The eyebrow is an area of thick, delicate hairs above the eye that follows the shape of the lower margin of the brow ridges of some mammals. Their main function is hypothesized to prevent sweat, water, and other debris from falling down into the eye socket, but they are also important to human communication and facial expression. It is not uncommon for people – women in particular – to modify their eyebrows by means of hair addition, removal, makeup, tattoo, or piercings.
Causes of Saggy Eyebrows
Sagging or droopy eyebrows are in general caused by our aging process, where we begin to lose more collagen, facial and bone volume faster than our body can regenerate and replenish them.
Loss of collagen
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As we age, collagen and elastin gets degenerated faster than our body is able to regenerate them and this causes skin laxity, thus causing sagging or droopy eyebrows.
There are over 28 different types of collagen. Collagen fibers give strength and structure to many different parts of the body. It is one of the main components of the extracellular matrix, which is the defining feature of connective tissues in humans and other mammals.
Collagen is necessary for conserving the youthfulness of skin and attenuating wrinkles, it is also essential for the elasticity of the connective tissue of the skin, allowing it to expand and contract without damaging any tissue.
Loss of fat & muscle volume
As we age, we begin to lose fat and muscle volume, and the ligaments that once hold the skin and muscle together firmly when we were once young start to lose its strength. Since our skin is losing elasticity as we age, our faces slowly deflate and sag, and thus causing sagging or droopy eyebrows.
Loss of bone structure
The next thing that we begin to lose when we age is bone volume. All our bones go through a bone resorption and formation process that last a few months, and while we are still young, the bone formation rate is the same as the bone resorption or faster, ensuring that we grow taller and stronger each day. Once our body starts to age, the bone formation rate is much slower than bone resorption rate, which means you lose bone volume on a daily basis.
BOTOX for saggy/droopy eyebrows
Before we start telling you more about Botox, do not be worried that you will look “frozen” and lose all your facial expressions. This is only true if your doctor is not experienced and gives you more than what you needed.
What is BOTOX?
Botox is a brand name for Botulinum Toxin Type A and there are various brands of Botulinum Toxin Type A products in the market, namely Botox, Xeomin and Dysport. Botox is widely known as a muscle relaxant, or more accurately, a Botulinum Toxin Type A that paralyses the muscle from moving by stopping the neurotransmission of brain signals to the muscle injected with Botox.
How does BOTOX help to improve saggy/droopy eyebrows?
Botox or Botulinum Toxin can be injected superficially near the area of muscle at the far side of your eyes, in this case, the orbicularis oculi muscle. This would create a lifting effect, therefore raising your eyebrows. Botox treatment would be useful for mild and early stages of sagging eyebrows.
What to expect from BOTOX?
Clinical studies have proven Botox to last up to 4 months and the effects are almost immediate: you will notice improvement within 24 to 48 hours after your Botox treatment and you will see significant improvement at 7 days, continuing up to a month. Not everyone requires the same amount of Botox treatment and this truly depends on what is the treatment goal.
What is the downtime for Botox?
Downtime or recovery time for Botox treatment is minimal and you can have your Botox treatment during lunch time and head back to office, with no one ever knowing you just had a medical aesthetic Botox treatment procedure done.
However, you should avoid strenuous exercise or rubbing the area treated with Botox for at least a day to prevent unintentional spread of the Botox to other areas.Interested to learn more about Botox and how this procedure can help you? Please call 65 6532 2400 to book an appointment with Dr Ee or leave a comment at the end of the article, or simply drop Dr Ee an email here.
Dermal Fillers for saggy/droopy eyebrows
What are Fillers?
Fillers are made of biodegradable material like Hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in all living things and it breaks down within hours. Hyaluronic acid fillers are cross-linked to ensure that the body doesn’t metabolize the hyaluronic acid within hours, allowing some hyaluronic acid fillers to last from 3 months to a year after injection. Fillers can be very helpful in those with early signs of aging, and are injected into either the skin tissue layers or on the bone to achieve reduction of static wrinkles appearance and enhancement of facial features due to its volumizing and sculpting abilities.
How can fillers help sagging or droopy eyebrows?
Age-related loss of volume along the brow region and in the temples can lead to sagging eyebrows. If you have very sunken temples, the boney structure around the eyes become more prominent, creating the illusion of a long but curving downwards eyebrow, therefore giving you a very sad or tired look. Do take note that not everyone may be suitable for this procedure. Fillers can be used to volumize the temples to achieve a smoother upper face contour and also eliminate the illusion of droopy or sagging eyebrows.
Filler Eyebrow lift is a safe and effective technique to recreate the 3D look of the boney structure around your eyebrow, giving your depth and balanced contours in the upper face. Fillers can also be injected into the last one third of your eyebrow to volumize and to achieve a 3D look of your upper face, especially when viewed on the side. Take a look at this example. This lady has a flat superior infraorbital ridge, which makes her upper face looks flat. Filler Eyebrow lift is a safe and effective technique to recreate the 3D look of the boney structure around your eyebrow, giving your depth and balanced contours in the upper face.
What to expect from Fillers?
Having fillers injection will not change your look into a different person. It enhances your current facial features while still looking like yourself and no one can tell that you actually had fillers injection done. Even though fillers are clinically proven to last up to a year, its longevity depends a lot on individuals’ metabolic rate, lifestyle, area injected and volume injected.
Side effects of Fillers
Complications from fillers are uncommon. Potential risks vary depending on the specific filler used and the relative permanence of the filler substance and include:
1. Acne-like skin eruptions
3. Bruising, bleeding from the injection site, swelling
4. Damage to the skin that results in a wound and possible scarring
5. Infection at the injection site
7. Palpability of the filler under the surface of the skin
8. Skin rash with itching
9. Skin redness
10. Under- or over-correction of wrinklesInterested to learn more about Dermal Fillers and how this procedure can help you? Please call 65 6532 2400 to book an appointment with Dr Ee or leave a comment at the end of the article, or simply drop Dr Ee an email here.
Laser Eyebrow Lift for Saggy/Droopy Eyebrows
How does Laser Eyebrow Lift work?
When laser energy is applied on the upper eyelids, skin is stimulated to create new collagen and elastin, critical proteins needed for lifting the skin. When these components of skin are more abundant in the skin, a lifting effect is produced, creating brighter, more beautiful eyes that are less saggy and droopy. In addition, skin is rejuvenated, resulting in fewer lines produced around the eyes.
Is Laser Eyebrow Lifting safe?
Specialized contact lenses are typically used to protect the eyes from any laser damage, and in addition, the special laser that is safe for use around the eyes is approved by Singapore Health Science Authorities.
How soon can I see results?
Results of the treatment – brighter and lifted eyelids – can be seen as early as 1-2 weeks after the treatment. This result improves with repeated treatments, spaced a month apart.
Is there any downtime?
Downtime is present for only the first 3-5 days after the treatment. You may experience some redness and slight swelling, and skin is slightly rough after the treatment for 5 days. This will disappear around 5-7 days, and your skin will then start to produce new collagen and become tighter.
What are the limitations of Laser Eyebrow Lift?
If your skin is very severely droopy, you may not see a good improvement of the skin with just Laser treatment. In these cases, your doctor would sometimes recommend a surgical lift instead.Interested to learn more about Laser Eyebrow Lift procedure and how it can help you? Please call 65 6532 2400 to book an appointment with Dr Ee or leave a comment at the end of the article, or simply drop Dr Ee an email here.
Ulthera Skin Tightening Treatment for Saggy/Droopy Eyebrows
What is Ulthera?
Ulthera is a new type of non-surgical, non-invasive procedure for the face, neck and chest that uses ultrasound and the body’s own natural healing process to lift, tone, and tighten loose skin.
The FDA-cleared device used in the procedure utilizes the safe, time-tested energy of ultrasound to stimulate the deep structural support layers of the skin—including those typically addressed in a surgical facelift–without disturbing the surface of the skin.
Results will unfold over the course of 2-3 months and some patients have reported continued improvement for up to 6 months. While ultrasound does not duplicate the results of surgery, Ulthera has proven to be an inviting alternative for those who are not yet ready for surgery.
How does Ulthera Work?
Unlike lasers, which penetrate the skin from the outside-in, Ultherapy bypasses the surface of the skin, specifically targeting the deep, structural skin tissues where collagen lives. Using ultrasound technology, Ultherapy actually works from the inside-out to lift and tighten skin non-invasively on the face, neck and chest.
Your skin's response to this energy is to recondition tired skin by stimulating the growth of fresh, new collagen. The result is a tightening and gradual lifting—or shifting—of the skin back into a more youthful position and form-fitting shape.
What do I need to prepare before Ulthera procedure?
No preparation whatsoever is required before your Ultherapy procedure, although your practitioner may recommend that comfort measures such as over-the-counter or prescribed medication be taken prior to treatment.
What happens after Ulthera procedure?
You are able to return to your normal activities right away, and there are no special measures you need to take. Your skin may appear flushed immediately after the ultrasound treatment, but any redness should disappear within a few hours. It is not uncommon to experience slight swelling for a few days, or tingling/tenderness to the touch for a few weeks following the procedure, but these are mild and temporary in nature. There is the possibility for other less common post-procedural effects, such as temporary small areas of bruising or numbness, and other rare effects which your physician will review with you. Click here if you are interested to view Ulthera's treatment results.Interested to learn more about Ultherapy and how this procedure can help you? Please call 6221 8221 to book an appointment with Dr Ee or leave a comment at the end of the article, or simply drop Dr Ee an email here.
CO2 Laser Resurfacing Treatment for Sagging/Droopy Eyebrows
What is CO2 Laser Resurfacing Treatment?
CO2 Laser Resurfacing is the gold standard for skin resurfacing in order to treat the effects of facial skin aging. The lasers penetrate the top skin layers, stimulating collagen and resurface the top skin layer. Your skin’s natural rejuvenation process helps to create an eyebrow lifting effect.
What to expect from CO2 Laser Resurfacing Treatment?
CO2 works best on thin skin and could also improve wrinkles appearance and each CO2 Laser Resurfacing treatment last between 15 – 45 minutes, and most patients see the best results with 1 – 5 CO2 Laser Resurfacing treatment sessions. Since CO2 Laser Resurfacing treatment works with your body’s natural skin cells, results typically take 1 to 3 weeks to take effect and individual results varies.
Side effects with CO2 Laser Resurfacing Treatment
You may experience redness, swelling, and slight crusting and oozing which usually subsides within 5 to 7 days with regular application of ice and prescribed healing ointments. A light pink appearance to the skin may last an additional 7-14 days, but can be camouflaged with make-up.
Infrequently, skin rawness or exacerbation of a pre-existing cold sore can occur. Thus, please inform the doctor before the laser surgery if a history of cold sores exists.
Prescriptions for medications to take prior to and during the healing phase of the procedure will be provided. These medications will help to decrease the risk of infection.
Long-term risks of discoloration and scarring are rare, but can potentially occur whenever there is disruption of the skin’s surface. Strict adherence to all advised postoperative instructions will reduce the possibility of unwanted side effects and complications.