Why We’ve Been Looking At Eyebrow Ageing Treatments Wrong

It’s time to reconsider the ‘one size fits all approach,’ according to Dr Naomi McCullum.

When using aesthetic treatments to target eyebrow ageing, the universal aim of the game has traditionally been to lift the brow – regardless of the face at hand. But, using this “one size fits all approach” in this area can be aesthetically dangerous and has the potential to make people look less attractive and or older than their age, which is the last thing patients want,” explains cosmetic physician and Founder of The Manse Clinics, Dr Naomi McCullum.

What happens to the eyebrows as we age?

To start to understand the issue, we first need to consider what physically happens to the brow area with ageing. But this is currently a bit of a grey area…

“Interestingly the answer to this has not been worked out in an ideal way so far, and further research is required. There have been several recent useful studies, which include the Lambros study, which found that the eyebrow elevated in 28 per cent, remained stable in 51 per cent, and descended in 29 per cent of the cases,” says Dr Naomi.

“A recent systematic review and meta-analysis by Asaad looked at how the different parts of the eyebrow aged and found that the medial (inner) aspect of the eyebrow increases in height with age, the brow height remains stable at the level of the lateral canthus (outer eye corner) but decreases at the lateral eyebrow end,” Dr Naomi continues.

So, what’s the answer?

“Mimicking youth in the eye/brow area is a very complex process,” says Dr Naomi. To create the ideal treatment plan for each individual client, Dr Naomi suggests considering a few different factors:

“Step one is understanding what happens with ageing and in particular what has happened with ageing in the person who is being treated. Step two is design, which will determine the aesthetic outcome. Reviewing proportions, heights and distances and looking at it from a 3D aspect and assessing the projections of all of the related parts is important,” she says.

Then, once all of that’s been done, it’s time to get to work.

“Step 3 is implementation of the plan. There are multiple surgical and non-surgical treatment options. The non-surgical procedures include anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, threads and energy-based devices,” says Dr Naomi.

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