Frown lines are the vertical lines you might notice above and between your eyebrows. Deep or persistent frown lines can sometimes cause an individual to look tired, concerned, stressed or angry, even when their face is completely relaxed.
The elimination or softening of lines with frown line treatment often results in a fresher, more approachable and rested appearance, which can have a hugely positive impact on an individual’s self-esteem.
As each patient is unique, your practitioner will assess your lines during a personal consultation to determine which treatment option will give you the best results.
Treating Frown Lines with Botox
Botox can reduce the movement of the muscles that allow us to frown. After treatment, the movement of those muscles will be reduced or inhibited entirely, which will give a softer appearance to that area of the face. Botox can also help to prevent frown lines from becoming deeper or more prominent.
Prior to your treatment, your practitioner will assess your ability to move particular facial muscles to determine their size and precise location. This is important because it will give them a better understanding as to how these muscles are affecting your frown lines.
Your practitioner might opt to lightly numb the area, however as the injections are so small and brief in duration, this might not be necessary. Botox will be injected directly into the muscles that are causing your frown lines. Treatment should take no longer than 15 minutes and any discomfort will be minimal.
To prevent infection, you will be advised to avoid touching the area for at least six hours. Results will be almost immediate and should last from four to six months.
Treating Frown Lines with Dermal Filler
Dermal fillers are used in a variety of treatments to correct folds, lines, scarring and other depressions that may be present in the skin. There are many different types of dermal filler but the most commonly used option is composed of Hyaluronic acid.
Dermal fillers are injected into the skin to fill or plump frown lines. If your frown lines are visible when your face is relaxed and you are not frowning, this might be the best treatment option for you.
Before and during treatment
A topical anaesthetic will be applied to the area that will be injected. During your procedure, your practitioner will inject the filler into carefully selected areas and then gently massage the area to smooth out the product.
You will be advised to avoid touching the area for at least six hours to prevent infection. You will see results immediately and they will last for between six and 12 months, depending on how your body responds to and breaks down the filler.
In some cases, a combination of treatments will deliver the best outcomes. If your practitioner recommends this for you, you may expect your results to last longer.