Botox Brow Lift: How Many Units of Botox Do I Need?

Dr. Andrew Campbell at Quintessa Aesthetic Center

[es-embed url= size=medium align=right description=false]Many people ask about the effectiveness of a Botox brow lift, how its done, and how much Botox they would need. While every person varies, there are a few things to expect.

Dr. Campbell explains Botox brow lifts:

Well, I personally take a very customized approach to Botox brow lift treatments. I, therefore, really cannot definitively answer that question without a proper evaluation of the muscle movements in your particular circumstance.  If all we are trying to do is elevate the lateral brow or the brow to the side of the eye, then classically, I will place 4 to 6, or at the most 8, units of Botox under the lateral aspect of each eyebrow.  This allows the relaxation of the muscle that pulls the eyebrow down. When this relaxes, it allows the brow to elevate slightly.

Some patients require treatment of the medial brow or the portion of the brow near the nose.  The depressor muscles in this region would typically take a similar amount of Botox. Frequently, patients have the vertical frown lines between the brows as well. I would, therefore, not only treat the depressor portion of the muscle, but also the more horizontal portion of the muscle. A total of 16 to 24 units of Botox is typically used in this area.

Ultimately, some patients achieve a very nice brow lift with the use of Botox and others achieve hardly any lift whatsoever.  This is highly dependent on the person’s anatomy and muscle activity. Frequently, it is very difficult to determine who will respond nicely to a Botox brow lift and who will not. Overall, patients do get improvement in the crow’s feet area as well as the vertical lines between the brows. I feel as if the brow lift portion of it is really a bonus above and beyond the benefit that they will get from the treatment itself.

How many units of botox do you need for other site areas?

Again, every patient is unique and one size does not fit all. At Quintessa, we believe that beauty begins with strong relationships; that’s why our team of caring, licensed medical specialists will get to know you first, then gently guide you toward the treatments that will achieve your ideal beauty. 

In general, here are the units that could be applied to other facial areas:

  • Forehead lines – up to 10-30 Botox unites
  • Frown or Glabellar Lines – up to 25 Botox units
  • Crow’s feet – up to 15 Botox units per side
  • Smile lift – up to 6 Botox units
  • Neck bands – up to 50 Botox units

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About Botox Injections

Botox is a great choice for anyone who would like dramatic results but does not want to undergo a surgical procedure to treat moderate to severe frown lines. Our experts perform BOTOX®Cosmetic injections at Quintessa to help reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles. Botox is a safe and popular treatment for people ages 18-65  if it is being prescribed and used properly. It is for this reason our experts recommend having a licensed and trained medical professional when considering this therapy.

What happens during a botox brow lift?

The procedure will only take a few minutes. Your healthcare provider will cleanse and sanitize the injection site and use a very small needle to insert the solution into the outer brow muscles. This prevents the muscles from pulling the brows lower — resulting in a beautiful, natural-looking lift. After treatment, you may use ice to relieve any inflammation or discomfort.

Botox brow lifts are a non-surgical, no downtime procedure. Most patients can resume normal activities following treatment as long as the Botox is not pushed or directed outside the of the location where it was placed. In general, injections are likely to last between 3-4 months, and sometimes as long as 6 months in some individuals. We recommend follow-up treatments every 3 to 4 months in order to maintain your new look. 

If Botox is something you’ve thought of, call to arrange your consultation with one of our experts at our Delafield, Mequon, Middleton and Sheboygan locations.