While most of us don’t know what these hashtags actually mean, most women want their #BrowGameStrong A trending hashtag on Instagram, the phrase has erupted on the social media scene.
Translation “perfect eyebrows”
But, what is the ideal eyebrow? While this may vary from person to person, there is a general consensus among those of us who specialize in aesthetic plastic surgery. In an ideal brow or #BrowGameStrong, the inner brow should start at a point directly vertical from the nasal ala (1), the arch of the brow is ideally located at or lateral to the lateral limbus (2), the brow should extend to a point that is line with the nasal ala and lateral canthus (3), and lastly the medial and lateral aspects of the brow should line up in the horizontal plane. In men the brow is most ideal at the level of the orbital rim, while in women the brow should lie above the rim.
The social media buzz surrounding eyebrows is certainly not unfounded as the upper third of the face is vitally important in the overall facial aesthetic. When the brow position, shape and fullness deteriorates, it lends itself to early signs of facial aging. So, these hashtaggers are definitely on to something. It’s no wonder so many of us spend time in the mirror addressing the inequalities and imperfections of our brows. We all want to be #browgamestong when we step out of the door.
So where does plastic surgery come into the mix. While in youth, makeup alone can create the illusion of perfect brow aesthetics, as we age, the brow descends into a less than ideal position creating the illusion of tiredness, often weighing down the upper eyelids. Botox® Cosmetic is the most common non-surgical cosmetic treatment in the United States among both men and women. Treatment with Botox® Cosmetic via a few tiny injections directly into overactive facial muscles prevent these muscle from contracting and forming a crease or wrinkle When placed precisely in the experienced hands of an aesthetic plastic surgeon, Botox® Cosmetic alone can actually achieve a lateral brow lift. Specifically treating the “Crows Feet” or lateral orbicularis oculi muscle, relaxes this muscle allowing the tail of the brow to elevate. This is most effective in the 30’s, 40’s and even 50’s. Restoring the overall position of the brow as well as the horizontal plane can achieve a younger, more rested look. It is important to remember, placing Botox® Cosmetic around the eyes is not without complications. Therefore, seeking the advice and treatment of an aesthetic plastic surgeon is critical to avoiding problems after treatment.
When nonsurgical means alone do not result in correction, endoscopic browlift surgery using a minimally invasive approach is the next step in correction. Through a few small incisions that are virtually invisible, the brow position is corrected to an uplifted more youthful position, and without distorting the hairline. Paired with an upper eyelid lift, the entire periorbtial aesthetic can be gracefully rejuvenated.
In short #BrowGameStrong