Your brow can lower significantly as you age creating a tired, older or even angry look. Sagging skin can cause this descent. If you have a mild brow descent or are not interested in surgery and would like some lift in this area you may want to consider Botox/Xeomin. This also can be combined with fillers to improve the brow contour.
“The greatest fear of most patients is to have a “surprised-Phyllis Diller” look after an injection,” says Dr. Ricciardelli. “My goal is to give you an improved version of yourself. Not necessarily different.”
With over 25 years of experience injecting Botox and fillers Dr. Ricciardelli is keenly aware of what is crucial in achieving a natural and well placed brow. Dr. Ricciardelli has been named an Expert Injector by New Beauty Magazine.
How do Botox and Xeomin work to lift the brow?
Eyebrow position is determined by two opposing muscle groups that surround the eye. One group pulls the brows down and the other elevates. Botox and Xeomin are effective altering the balance between these muscle groups when strategically placed in the forehead area. Dr. Ricciardelli will determine the amount of units required to get the lift you desire, while also minimizing the wrinkles in the middle of the forehead.
What do I need to do before my injection?
At your consultation, Dr. Ricciardelli will examine your face, paying particular attention to facial structure, skin laxity and quality, and the degree of drop in your brow area. Your goals and expectations will be discussed thoroughly. One to two weeks before your injection, Dr. Ricciardelli may recommend stopping aspirin, St. John’s Wort, high doses of vitamin E or blood thinners to minimize your risk of bruising. A medical grade skincare regime for before and after your procedure will enhance the overall improvement. Feel free to bring a list of questions. We love an informed patient. Dr. Ricciardelli will let you know what to expect before, during and after your procedure and answer all of your questions.
What can I expect during and after the treatment?
At your cosmetic consultation and treatment appointment, Dr. Ricciardelli will thoroughly discuss your goals and expectations. This procedure is quick and simple and is performed with a very an ultra-fine needle. A topical numbing cream can be used to numb the area, but in most cases is not needed. Some patients describe the sensation like a bug bite with slight stinging. Expect to have some lateral forehead wrinkles to remain if you presently see wrinkles in that area. The wrinkles in the middle of your forehead will soften or disappear. You will be given an instruction sheet for your specific needs and small ice packets to apply after treatment. Arnica Montana can speed up the healing process and is available if you are someone who bruises easily.
It is recommended that you do not lie down for four hours after treatment. Generally it takes about three days before you see changes and 2 weeks before the full effects can be seen. Deeper wrinkles may take longer to fade and need further treatment for more improvement. Expect the treatment to last 3 to 4 months in most cases. Some patients will elect to wait 6 months before a subsequent injection if they are still getting some resolution and lift. If you elect not to repeat the injection, your wrinkles will return to their original state over time and your brows will drop. Re-treating the area is a good way to prevent wrinkles from progressing into a deeper state. Our door is always open for any questions.
Why choose Summit Plastic Surgery & Dermatology?
It’s about confidence: confidence in the person doing your injections, confidence that your wishes and individual concerns will be heard, and confidence you will get the results you want. Do not trust your face to an unqualified provider or spa injector. Dr. Ricciardelli has the experience and reputation that ensures you are trusting in a surgeon with a known track record and the qualifications and certifications that recognize him on a regional and national level. He has performed more injections than any other plastic surgeon in the area.
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Meet Dr. Edward Ricciardelli
Dr. Edward Ricciardelli is one of the most highly trained plastic surgeons in the country. He is the only plastic surgeon in the area who is board certified in both head, neck, and facial surgery and plastic surgery. He has been performing facial surgery for over 29 years. During that time he has taught and trained other plastic and facial surgeons, lectured around the country, given courses on facial surgery, and cared for thousands of surgical patients. Read more…