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All About Brows

Your eyebrows function in a number of important ways that we don’t often think about.  These small patches of hair just above your eyes trap dirt and sweat in order to protect your eyes. The shape of the brows and the direction of the hairs cause moisture to move away from the eyes and down the sides of the face. Together with your brow ridge (the underlying bone structure) and your eyelashes, your eyebrows are among the body’s main mechanisms to protect the delicate and important eyes.

Eyebrows also play a center-stage role in non-verbal communication; your eyebrows often speak volumes about your emotional reactions and cue others in on how you are feeling. For instance, we can easily recognize when someone is surprised by the way their eyebrows are raised, making their eyes appear larger. You may also notice when someone is bothered or angry when their eyebrows squint together and downwards.

Your eyebrows are intimately tied to your eyes, and sagging in the brow that often occurs over time can cause additional sagging of the eyelids, causing your eyes to look tired and aged. Unfortunately for many of us, gravity takes its toll most dramatically on our upper foreheads and eyes, and this area of your face is highly visible.  It is also noticed by others more prominently than other areas of your face, as we look to this area in each other for important non-verbal communication cues. Fortunately, there are several options to restore the youthful shape and position of your brows if they have begun to sag.

If you are unhappy with the size, shape, or position of your eyebrows, you have a number of options to enhance their appearance.  The simplest option is, of course, the use of makeup to fill in or darken the brows.  Some have chosen cosmetic tattoos or microblading to more permanently darken and shape the brows.

In addition to these cosmetic treatments, there are several highly effective procedures that can actually lift and tighten your brows:

Botox®: Using microneedles, Botox® can be painlessly administered to prevent the formation of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyebrow area.  A Botox® brow lift relaxes the muscle that pulls the brow down, this results in a lifted appearance.
Dermal Fillers: Dr. Kashyap is an expert at placing dermal fillers to support and re-contour the brows. The combination of fillers and Botox® can revitalize your eyes in a single treatment to give you a totally refreshed look!
Brow Lift: A brow lift is a surgical procedure that will move your brows to their youthful position, also lifting the eyelids which tend to sag with the eyebrows. During this surgery, Dr. Kashyap uses her years of training and experience with hundreds of patients to inform her technical approach to tightening the skin and muscles above the eyebrows. Depending on the severity and location of the sagging in your eyebrows, there are several surgical approaches that may be used.  For instance, a browpexy may be used to address minor sagging of the brows, while a direct brow lift may be more appropriate for patients with more extensive drooping.
When you come in for your consultation, Dr. Kashyap will complete a thorough exam that will help her make recommendations for the best procedure to address your brows. Rest assured that we have the right solution for you, and you will get only the best in patient care and outcomes at Hudson Face and Eye.

Are you tired of having tired-looking eyes? When you’d like to improve the appearance of your eyebrows, contact Hudson Face and Eye at 347.788.1841 to schedule your consult today. Put your best face forward!

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