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Botox For Treating Frown Lines

It's hard to feel your best when you don't look your best, especially if you have crow's feet and frown lines that make you appear older than you are. If you are tired of fighting wrinkles and lines on your face, you have a weapon that can help you fight and defeat the aging signs. It's called Botox. 

The Botox® craze started with the discovery that when injected between the brows, the toxin inhibited the ability to frown. Botox® has been widely used for cosmetic reasons for over ten years. It is the only BTX authorized for cosmetic use throughout North America.

What Causes Frown Lines  

"Glabellar lines" is the technical term for frown lines. Some people associate frown lines with lines around the mouth; however, these lines often form between the eyebrows and over the bridge of your nose. They appear as vertical wrinkles that can resemble deep indents or the number 11 imprinted between your brows. Frown lines are caused by constant expressions over time, such as squinting.

How do frown lines occur? This question has the same answer as many other questions you may have about your face or body as you age - among the inevitable gifts of age are frown lines! Frown lines are also known as glabellar lines or, more colloquially, the "elevens". The movements and contractions of your Corrugator and Procerus muscles cause these two vertical lines to occur. These muscles are located on your lower forehead and upper nose and are responsible for a wide range of facial expressions.

When you were younger, these lines would disappear when you stopped yawning, frowning, or squinting. However, as you get older, the frown lines become deeper and more noticeable even when you aren't frowning. Premature aging or overactive facial expressions are the two most common causes of frown lines in younger people.

The skin's fabric evolves over time, from smooth and springy to thinner and crinklier. This is due to a change in collagen and elastin production. These substances keep the skin young and healthy but gradually deplete over time, making your skin lose elasticity. This implies that those repetitive expressions begin to permanently etch themselves into the skin.

The Treatment of Frown Lines 

The two main treatment options for frown lines are:

Brow lift surgery – Brow lift surgery is a long-term solution that elevates your brows to a higher, more aesthetically pleasing position on your face. It can also be used to treat frown lines. The only drawback is that brow lifts are more intrusive than dermal fillers or Botox. The procedure is painful, causes facial swelling, and needs you to have around a week off work to give you ample time to recover.

Botox treatment – Botox, on the contrary, has far fewer complications and side effects. It is non-invasive and doesn't require any downtime. It is a simple procedure which can be done during your lunch break with proven results.

Botox for Frown Lines 

Botox, or Botulinum toxin A, is a purified protein obtained from a neurotoxin produced by a particular bacterium. The communication between your muscles and nerves is blocked by injecting small quantities of this product into certain facial muscles. Botox relaxes the muscles as it moves from the skin surface to the targeted muscle. Even when making facial expressions such as smiling, squinting, or frowning, these muscles no longer contract.

Botox® was shown to safely and effectively reduce frown lines (glabellar rhytides) for up to 4 months in two large clinical trials involving 405 patients (Carruthers, 2002; Carruthers, 2003).

A week after injection, more than 80% of research participants confirmed an improvement in the frown lines; after 30 days, the patients rated their frown lines as highly improved or even non-existent. Improvements were still evident four months later. 

Botox®s medical formula is derived from a bacterial neurotoxin. The bacteria disrupt the communication between your nerves and muscles. Botox, which is injected into the face in small quantities, relaxes the facial muscles, allowing you to maintain a smoother and younger appearance.

Even after all these years, Botox is still the most popular anti-aging treatment for removing frown lines, crow's feet, and wrinkles. It is used as a cosmetic treatment in 78 countries; it is the world's best-selling product of its kind.

A Natural Looking Appearance

In untrained hands, the effects of Botox could temporarily paralyze your muscles, giving you a "frozen" appearance. An experienced expert injects precise quantities of Botox into the treatment site to relax rather than limit muscle activity. You can expect a refreshed, natural-looking, and radiant appearance that keeps your facial expression. 

Overactive muscles on your forehead and around the eyes cause frown lines and crow's feet. Botox therapy involves treating these lines by identifying the specific muscle groups that cause the creases and administering a few injections. The facial expression changes as the muscles relax.

A Quick and Painless Treatment

The needles used for Botox injections are very thin, resulting in little to no discomfort. As a result, no anesthesia is required. Patients can drive home or return to work immediately after the treatment with no additional assistance. Botox requires no recovery time because it is minimally invasive. Patients should expect to notice the results of the treatment within 4 to 5 days of the procedure.

Botox remains concentrated in the area where it was injected. The rest of the face will be unaffected. Despite the fact that the muscles are relaxed, the treatment area will not feel numb.

Candidates for Botox

It's important to note that not every person with frown lines is a good candidate for Botox. You are a good candidate for Botox if you have the following traits:

  • Wrinkles around the eyes, on the forehead, neck and lips
  • Overall, you are in good health
  • You are at least 18 years old
  • Not pregnant, planning to be pregnant, and you are not breastfeeding

Schedule a Consultation 

If you would like to ease your frown lines but are not satisfied with the results of anti-wrinkle creams, there is a solution. Botox treatment can help you achieve the smooth skin you crave. For the best results, an expert should conduct the treatment. 

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