The eye (peri-orbital) area is one of the first parts of the face to show the signs of ageing, due to a loss of volume and wrinkles caused by facial movements.
Aging causes many changes in the appearance of the face including loss of volume, horizontal and vertical descent of the tissues, brow ptosis, hollowed temples, hollow cheeks and a loss of muscle tone resulting in a more ‘aged’ look.
Typically this is associated with aging but it is important to note that brow ptosis can also occur as result of sun exposure (where dermal damage occurs), dermatoheliosis (premature aging of dermis), dermabrasion or brow trauma.
In some cases it can even be inherited, where the brows are inflexible and cannot achieve a lifted appearance.
This creates hollows and shadows, and the brows drop lower, changing the proportions of the face and reducing beauty. Also, there is often a natural asymmetry of the brows that is sometimes more apparent in photographs.
Usually none or numbing cream
Fortunately there is an answer for this issue – dermal injectables for a brow lift . Although surgical brow lifts may give a better, more permanent result, dermal fillers and radiofrequency have a significant advantage in that they have much less downtime and less complications.
With a non-surgical eyebrow lift, Dr Owen can replace the lost volume while subtly lifting and shaping your eyebrows.
The point of dermal filler injection for a brow lift is to place the dermal filler into the plane between the skin and the muscle to elevate the brows or replace lost volume, creating a smooth transition between the brow and cheek. Dermal fillers are especially useful when treating wrinkles in this area, as they plump out any wrinkles without causing an over-filled look. It is often best after using anti-wrinkle injections first to elevate the brow a little before the dermal fillers prop up by restoring the lost volume.
Dermal fillers lift the brow and augment the shape of the arch, thus reducing hooded lids and improving the symmetry of the brows. This helps you look refreshed and rejuvenated. You can see the results within minutes, with minimal downtime. Dr Owen will carefully assess patients, and if he feels surgery is needed (blepharoplasty), then he will assist in a referral to his cosmetic surgery colleagues
Dr Owen has moved from PDO threads to radiofrequency with Morpheus8 which has a special 12 pin tip for use around the eye to shrink bags and assist with appearance around the eyes.
Usually none or numbing cream
Because we make a bespoke treatment plan with every patient, and every person will need different amounts, the cost is per syringe but we make sure that we are as economical as possible with optimal technique.
Typically around 1 ml is needed on each side. Initially, Dr Thomas always discusses the individualised treatment plan with every patient. For information regarding the cost please see our price list.
On average we would expect dermal filler to typically last around 9-12 months although this can be more in some individuals. We only use the best and most expensive products such as Juvederm Voluma & Volbella, Belotero and Teoxane RHA.
Recovery time varies for each patient and for each type of filler injected. You can resume most activities right away, but it is generally recommended that you avoid intense physical activity for the first 24-48 hours to minimise swelling and bruising.
It is best to avoid touching the area or applying makeup for around 12 hours after treatment and avoid flying for 24-48 hours.
Although many clinics advise against drinking alcohol for 24 hours, there is no evidence this is beneficial and can be restrictive – we do however suggest moderate amounts are sensible.
The treatment is with a fine needle and is not usually painful. Injections are typically made using a cannula to minimise discomfort in the area. Dr Thomas takes great care to minimise discomfort further with cooling, vibration, meticulous technique and uses fillers pre-mixed with local anaesthetic (therefore minimising the discomfort from subsequent injections).
As with any medical treatment, there can be side effects although these are usually mild given that hyaluronic acid is a natural substance. Transient swelling is common, sometimes with occasional redness and bruising which settle after a couple of days. Dr Thomas will discuss all possible side effects at the time of the assessment.
Serious complications are minimised with careful technique, expert knowledge of anatomy and blunt-tipped microcannula. Fortunately, hyaluronic acid fillers also have a substance that can break up the dermal filler and reverse the effects of blood vessel blockages.
Dr Owen Thomas is a highly trained aesthetic physician with a level 7 qualification in injectable treatments.
He uses his passion and skill combined with a professional, ethical and safe approach, to enable his patients to feel rejuvenated, confident and ready for everything life has to offer.
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