Following on from my last blog, I am back to discuss treatment options for deep frown lines.
But first here is a little refresher on frown lines…
Why are frown lines so deep?
Frown lines can be quite deep and they affect all genders. Frown lines are caused by the contraction of muscles when we make facial expressions for example when we are squinting and frowning.
For some, they can also be there when the face is at rest and when no facial expression is being used. This is usual for very expressive people, you know the saying “Wearing your heart on your sleeve” this means that everyone can read your emotions, no matter how hard you try to hide them just by your facial expressions. The repeated use of the muscles causes wrinkles to form. Being in a younger period of life, the skin is more elastic and has a lot more collagen so the lines disappear when we stop frowning, however as we get older and our skin starts to age the frown lines deepen and tend to be there when the face is at rest “boo hoo to ageing process”.
Can frown lines be removed?
Now that’s a good question! Removing frown lines is dependent on many factors. This includes age, lifestyle, skin quality, and how deep the lines are. Sometimes it can take multiple treatments to remove them or a combination of treatments.
This is where Aeternum Aesthetics in Ashby De La Zouch can help. You will be pleased to hear we have a few treatment options available in the clinic. I will discuss our top 2 clinic treatments.
What Are The Best Aesthetic Treatments For Frown lines?
Our first go-to treatment for frown lines is botulinum toxin (commonly known as botox or anti-wrinkle injections), the reason for this is we need to prevent the cause! So what do I mean by this? Remember I talked about the muscle movement that causes the frown lines? Well, we need to treat the muscle to prevent the frown lines from appearing. Botox is the perfect treatment for this. Botox is injected into the glabellar complex, which consists of the procerus muscle and the corrugator muscles. One of our nurse prescribers will assess your movement, and prescribe and administer a dose of Botox tailored to you. The Botox is injected into 5 points of the glabellar complex, targeting the procerus and corrugator muscles as previously mentioned. Botox works by temporarily blocking the nerve signal which reduces/stops the muscle from contracting and hence not causing the frown lines to form. Yes, it can even make them disappear like magic!! The treatment is very quick and virtually pain-free. We use a very small needle to make the treatment more comfortable for you.
After your treatment you will have small bumps at the injections sites and some mild redness, this usually goes away after approximately 10 to 20 minutes, and you can carry on your day as usual, and “no one will know” you have had anything done unless you choose to tell them of course!
Treatment starts to take effect 7-14 days later and can last up to 4 months. Individual results may vary.
Having temporarily stopped the frown lines from contracting, if a deep line remains then we can also consider the use of dermal filler, using a combined treatment approach.
When we talk about dermal filler, this reference usually brings up images in our minds of volumized lips and cheeks, but we can use dermal filler to “fill” the frown area. Dermal Fillers are primarily made of cross-linked hyaluronic acid. The cross-linking of the hyaluronic acid is vitally important as this gives the volumizing effect, helping to push out the frown line allowing it to blend with surrounding skin tissue and smoothen the frown area. Our bodies naturally have hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule that occurs naturally in the skin, and it helps to bind water to collagen, trapping it in the skin, so that skin can appear plumper, dewier, and more hydrated. Dermal filler is administered with a needle or cannula, depending on the area being treated. A numbing cream (topical lidocaine) is applied beforehand to the area and left on the skin for up to 10 minutes. This helps to reduce some discomfort from the needle penetration. The dermal filler also contains lidocaine which again helps to reduce any discomfort during the treatment. Treatment results in this area can last up to 18 months and the results are instant.
Not sure which treatment best suits your needs? Then do not hesitate to book a consultation at Aeternum Aesthetics, Ashby de la Zouch. Our Aesthetic Nurse Prescribers will look forward to meeting you in the clinic to give you the best treatments with optimum results.