6 Ways to Improve the Look of Your Brow Area

Aging gracefully is easier said than done. You may not even notice that you’re doing it, but years of making expressions or furrowing your brow can lead to frown lines between your brows. As you age, your eyebrows eventually begin to droop over your eyes, which can make you look angry or tired. “Over activity of the muscles around the eyes that cause lines and wrinkles around your brow area is exacerbated by sun damage, which causes sagging skin, giving your brows a heavier and older look” says New York plastic surgeon Kaveh Alizadeh, MD. Here are six simple ways to easily treat the brow area and greatly reduce the signs of aging. 


Catch More Z’s

Fatigue can contribute to your aging eyes. Lack of sleep causes your adrenal glands to overproduce stress hormones and create more inflammation in the body, which accelerates the aging process. When you don’t get enough sleep, it shows—puffy eyes, under-eye bags and crow’s feet can create the appearance of an aging face. “The recommended amount of sleep is a minimum of six hours per night with an optimal eight hours per night,” says Dr. Alizadeh. “Getting the right amount of sleep will result in more youthful-looking skin.” Your body needs to get through all the stages of sleep in order to produce more collagen and for skin tissue to repair. Getting adequate sleep can help you instantly look refreshed, rested and more youthful.


Get a Natural Look With An Injectable

Seeing lines form on your face is one of the most universal signs of aging—and frown lines between your brows are inevitable. But you don't have to live with that tell-tale sign of getting older. “The brow area is one of the first areas that reveals aging. Smoothing the area can easily be achieved using a neurotoxin like Dysport,” recommends Dr. Alizadeh. You can temporarily improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) with Dysport, a prescription injectable treatment.* Just one 10–20 minute treatment of Dysport can help minimize the look of your own frown lines. In other words, a more natural—not frozen—look. 

*Dysport Prescribing Information. Galderma Laboratories, L.P. Fort Worth, TX. 2016.


Look for Creams with Key Ingredients

Your skin looses elasticity and slows down its production of collagen as you age. Eye creams and serums formulated to combat sagging skin can help treat the delicate skin around your eyes and brows. Look for products that polyhydorxy acids, antioxidants, caffeine (to help tighten skin) and that have peptides or polymers to increase collagen to make the skin around your brows firmer. 


Chamomile Tea Therapy

Chamomile contains anti-inflammatory properties and drinking it not only helps your eyelids relax, but you can also use the tea bags on your eyes to treat droopy brows. Store wet chamomile tea bags in the refrigerator overnight before placing them on your eyes in the morning. Keep them on your eyelids for 20 minutes at a time to relieve sagging lids. 


Give Your Brows a More Youthful Shape

Brows with sparse hair or that are naturally thin at the outer edges can make your features look unbalanced and draw attention to your droopy brow area. Properly filling in and shaping your eyebrows and highlighting your brow bone can give your brows an instantly lifted look. See an eyebrow specialist to get your brows arched professionally. This will give you a good guide to fill in your brows and highlight the right areas of your brow bone. 


Maintain a Healthy Diet

“A well rounded diet is likely the most healthy way to maintain skin health, coupled with sun and tobacco avoidance, adequate hydration and hormonal balance,” says Dr. Alizadeh. Vitamin C is essential for producing collagen and elastin, which helps your skin stay firm. You can get about 100 percent of your daily intake by eating oranges, broccoli, cabbage, potatoes, strawberries and cantaloupe. To combat sunlight and free radicals that damage collagen and elastin, increase your Vitamin E intake to neutralize free radicals before they harm skin cells in the skin's barrier. Peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, vegetable oils and wheat germ are the best dietary sources for vitamin E.

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Dysport is a prescription injection for temporary improvement in the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in adults less than 65 years of age.

Important Safety Information

What is the most important information you should know about Dysport? Spread of Toxin Effects: In some cases, the effects of Dysport and all botulinum toxin products may affect areas of the body away from the injection site. These effects can cause symptoms of a serious condition called botulism. Symptoms of botulism can happen hours to weeks after injection and may include swallowing and breathing problems, loss of strength and muscle weakness all over the body, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids, hoarseness or change or loss of voice, trouble saying words clearly, or loss of bladder control. Swallowing and breathing problems can be life threatening and there have been reports of death.

The risk of symptoms is probably greatest in children treated for muscle spasms but symptoms can also occur in adults treated for muscle spasms and other conditions, particularly in those patients who have underlying conditions that would predispose them to these symptoms.

The toxic effects have been reported at doses similar to those used to treat muscle spasms in the neck. Lower doses, in both approved and unapproved uses, have also caused toxic effects. This includes treatment of children and adults for muscle spasms.

These effects could make it unsafe for you to drive a car, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities.

Do not have Dysport treatment if you: are allergic to Dysport or any of its ingredients (see the end of the Medication Guide for a list of ingredients), are allergic to cow’s milk protein, had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product, such as Myobloc® or Botox®, or have a skin infection at the planned injection site.

The dose of Dysport is not the same as the dose of any other botulinum toxin product. The dose of Dysport cannot be compared to the dose of any other botulinum toxin product you may have used.

Dysport may not be right for you if: you have surgical changes to your face, very weak muscles in the treatment area, your face looks very different from side to side, the injection site is inflamed, you have droopy eyelids or sagging eyelid folds, deep facial scars, thick oily skin, or if your wrinkles can’t be smoothed by spreading them apart.

Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including if you have: a disease that affects your muscles and nerves (such asamyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALSorLou Gehrig’s disease], myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome), allergies to any botulinum toxin product or had any side effect from any botulinum toxin product in the past, a breathing problem (such as asthma or emphysema), swallowing problems, bleeding problems, diabetes, or a slow heart beat or other problem with your heart rate or rhythm, plans to have surgery, had surgery on your face, weakness of your forehead muscles (such as trouble raising your eyebrows), drooping eyelids, or any other change in the way your face normally looks. Patients with a disease that affects muscles and nerves who are treated with typical doses of Dysport may have a higher risk of serious side effects, including severe swallowing and breathing problems.

Human Albumin

This product contains albumin taken from human plasma. Steps taken during donor screening and product manufacturing processes make the risk of spreading viral diseases extremely rare. In theory, there is also an extremely rare risk of contracting Creutzfeldt- Jakob disease (CJD). No cases of spread of viral diseases or CJD have ever been reported for albumin.

Allergic Reaction to Injecting in the Skin

It is not known if an allergic reaction can becaused by injecting Dysport into the skin.

The safety of treating excessive sweating with Dysport is not known.

Common Side Effects

The most common side effects are nose and throatirritation, headache, injection site pain, injection site skin reaction, upper respiratory tract infection, eyelid swelling, eyelid drooping, sinus inflammation, and nausea.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins and herbal and other natural products. Using Dysport with certain other medicines may cause serious side effects. Do not start any new medicines while taking Dysport without talking to your doctor first.

Especially tell your doctor if you: have received any other botulinum toxin productin the last fourmonths, have received injections of botulinum toxin, such as Myobloc® (rimabotulinumtoxinB) or Botox® (onabotulinumtoxinA) in thepast (be sure your doctor knows exactly which product you received), have recently received an antibiotic by injection, take muscle relaxants, take an allergy or cold medicine, or take a sleep medicine.

Use in Specific Populations

Dysport should not be used in children or in women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Ask your doctor if Dysport is right for you.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please see Dysport Full Prescribing Information including Medication Guide.