It’s time to finally address an important topic that has been requested by several readers: Eyebrows. Specifically, the asymmetric problem that seems to be a common occurrence among us ladies with facial paralysis. Because eyebrows frame and shape the overall appearance of one’s face, this asymmetry problem can be incredibly frustrating. Trust me, I get it.
My very own insecurities that I have with brow ptosis has left me questioning & continuously experimenting solutions…
But wait a minute, what even is brow ptosis?
Brow ptosis, also known as sagging of the eyebrows, is a dysfunction of a particular facial nerve. Unfortunately, depending on the severity of one’s condition, surgical treatments may be the best option.
I know it’s unfortunate to hear this because the last option anyone wants in this particular situation is surgery. However, I find it very important to be honest with all readers. Once I learned from my current plastic surgeon about my brow ptosis condition, I knew that this may be something I should consider in the future. However, in the meantime, I wanted to invest my time in understanding non-surgical options that could help alleviate this brow asymmetry that is cost effective and help with my confidence.
[PSA: Not all options I discuss in this post will work for everyone reading this. It all comes down to the severity of your brow ptosis. When it comes to surgical options, this is a topic that especially needs to be addressed with a well experienced plastic surgeon who specializes in this particular field. It’s critical to communicate your requests and expectations to your surgeon to ensure that you will be satisfied with the final result.]
Before I share the non-surgical options, let’s first discuss the surgical option that helps alleviate eyebrow asymmetry:
• Endoscopic brow lift [Average cost $7,150]: According to The Facial Paralysis Institute, an endoscopic brow lift is carried out by a qualified plastic surgeon who has been trained in using endoscope equipment. After an incision above the temple has been made, the scope can be inserted. The endoscope tool is a tiny camera on the end of a wire-like tube, with a magnifier. The image that the camera obtains is sent to a screen that the surgeon and their team can see so that the surgery can be carried out below the skin with only a small incision needed.
Thankfully, this type of procedure is most commonly known as minimally invasive.
Now when it comes to some beneficial nonsurgical options for your brow asymmetry, there are many options including:
• Microblading [Average cost $500 – $700]: Also known as eyebrow embroidery, microblading is a subtle, precise and softer take on makeup tattooing. I know, the term tattooing sounds frankly terrifying….When I first heard about microblading, my initial thought was in no way am I allowing this to be performed on my face. But stay with me…
Microblading requires a good technician so you MUST do your research. The key is to find a technician with an extensive portfolio that has previously performed this technique on a whole range of people. If you come across a good technician in your area, but they’ve merely only worked on one particular client….look further.
Find someone who has worked on a whole range of clients from different backgrounds. More importantly, look for someone who understands how to achieve more symmetric brows because of the work they’ve accomplished on previous clients. It’s most ideal to find a technician that has previously worked on someone with facial paralysis.
• Botox [Average cost $550]: Dynamic asymmetries of one’s face can often be improved with botox. Hallejuah! A Botox treatment with the right doctor works to relax the muscles in the desired area. A well-planned Botox treatment can lower or raise the eyebrows slightly.
Some women are ashamed of admitting to having botox but personally, I feel very good about the decisions I’ve made for MYSELF. I’m not ashamed. I completely understand that everyone has their own viewpoints on Botox, as we should. That’s what makes the world go round. But as long as someone is not overdoing it and it makes one feel better about themselves, I see nothing wrong with it.
I’ve done Botox for the last five years since my accident and I can’t tell you how much it has helped with not only my confidence but the overall symmetry of my face.
When it comes to Botox, It’s all about going to a facial reconstructive plastic surgeon who understands how to alleviate your paralysis symptoms by injecting botox into the proper areas of your face. The right doctor will have an in-depth understanding of the anatomy of your face which will help you achieve successful desired results. If you want to learn more about Botox, read Doctor Azizzadeh’s answers to some questions I asked him in this link.
• Makeup: The magic of using makeup to help alleviate any paralysis correction never seizes to amaze me! Although makeup doesn’t allow one to achieve that flawless look or conceal insecurities permanently, it can bring out one’s inner confidence. In the near future, I’m going to share a post specified on my own eyebrow makeup tricks that have helped me. I will also share the products I use 🙂
Just remember, that EVERYONE has at least minor asymmetry when it comes to their facial features. And when I say everyone, I mean even those who don’t suffer from facial paralysis. No one, not even supermodels or your biggest celebrity girl crush, has complete facial symmetry.
Nothing is more beautiful than owning your insecurities. You have one life to live so you might as well strut with what you got.