Have you ever seen a photo of yourself or looked in the mirror and felt like you were frowning, even when you weren’t?
It could be because of your prominent frown lines. The angry appearance is enhanced by the 2 vertical lines that crop up between your brows and above your nose when you frown, aptly named the 11s.
They are commonly referred to as frown lines because they become more prominent when you frown. Many people find that these 2 lines make them look angry or sad even when their expression is at rest.
If you are tired of people commenting that you look like you’re frowning even when you’re not, a frown line treatment may be right for you.
WHAT ARE FROWN LINES?
Your face is designed to convey emotions. Narrowing your eyes or raising your eyebrows is just another tool you have to express yourself.
Over time, as we repetitively frown and make other facial expressions, the skin on our foreheads bends and folds, eventually forming permanent creases and wrinkles.
When we’re younger, lines and wrinkles on our skin only appear when we contract the muscle to frown, and they disappear when the muscle is relaxed. These are called dynamic wrinkles. As we get older, these wrinkles become visible all the time and turn into static wrinkles.
Before we dive into how frown lines can be treated, let’s discuss how they are formed.
WHAT CAUSES FROWN LINES?
Ageing is the main cause of frown lines. As we age, our skin becomes looser, and the collagen that forms the structure under our skin decreases. The loss of structure affects how the skin on our face returns to its resting position after various facial expressions.
Besides the natural ageing process and repetitive facial expression, other factors contribute to the causes of frown lines.
UV RAYS & SUN DAMAGE
Collagen and elastin are broken down by UV damage. These proteins are responsible for our skin maintaining its youthful appearance.
Smoking causes all types of wrinkles, from frown lines to lines that develop around our lips.
Stress causes facial tension, which leads to the formation of frown lines over time.
Some people are simply predisposed to developing wrinkles at an earlier age than others.
Life happens and so do wrinkles. Like other creases, wrinkles and lines on our face, frown lines are easily treated. If you feel that your frown lines make you look worried or unhappy all the time, a frown line treatment may be right for you.
HOW DO YOU GET RID OF FROWN LINES?
It’s normal to experience some changes in your face as you age, including fine lines and wrinkles. But, we have good news: you don’t have to look your age if you don’t want to!
Depending on how fixed the frown lines have become will depend on which treatment is best suited for you. Our 2 favourite treatments to get rid of frown lines are anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers.
SHALLOW OR SUPERFICIAL FROWN LINES
Shallow wrinkles between the eyebrows are treated with anti-wrinkle injections. The anti-wrinkle injection relaxes the muscles under the skin responsible for the frown lines and resulting in a smoothing of the appearance of the wrinkles on the surface.
DEEP FROWN LINES
Treatment of deep frown lines usually requires a combination approach. First, anti-wrinkle injections are used to relax the muscle. Secondly, a filler is used to plump out the skin to diminish the remaining wrinkle.
Although a frown lines filler can be used without relaxing the muscle, it may mean that the effect may not last as long. If the muscles responsible for the frown lines are not relaxed, then every time you frown, the filler is compressed, breaking it down faster.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A FROWN LINE TREATMENT
ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS FOR FROWN LINES
Anti-wrinkle injection treatment for frown lines is a quick in-clinic procedure taking approximately 15 minutes. The results will last up to 4 to 6 months, at which time you can repeat the treatment. With each treatment, the frown lines smooth out more and more.
– There is no downtime.
– Sometimes there may be bruising. But this is rare.
– It may appear red and or lumpy afterwards, but this generally settles quickly.
– Eyelid droop and eyebrow droop are possible risks with the treatment of frown lines. Though this is usually rare and temporary, it is still a possibility.
Please note that side effects should be discussed with your injector before treatment, so you are fully informed of your choice before commencing treatment.
DERMAL FILLERS FOR FROWN LINES
With deep frown lines, a hyaluronic acid (HA) filler is used to reduce the wrinkles between the eyebrows even more. Caution and care must be taken when using dermal filler as the risks are higher. The experience of your cosmetic injector is paramount.
– Frown lines filler treatment takes 15 minutes
– Bruising could occur at the injection site.
– Swelling and redness may occur and last several hours after treatment
After a frown line treatment, you are free to resume your normal activities. Frown line injections have become a popular “lunchtime rejuvenation” treatment for clients seeking a quick treatment with no downtime.
The results from the treatment will be a relaxed and rejuvenated look. The treatments are customisable, and you can choose to retain some character with soft lines or opt for a totally smooth look – the choice is yours.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
So, where does that leave you if you are interested in trying dermal fillers or anti-wrinkle injections as a non-invasive treatment to reduce your frown lines?
Finding the right experienced Cosmetic Physician to perform your dermal filler and anti-wrinkle injections is key. Don’t be afraid to ask about their training and experience, particularly when targeting a less common injectable area.
WANT TO FIND OUT MORE?
You can begin by booking your free, no-obligation consultation valued at $250 with me today.
During your free, no-obligation comprehensive consultation, I get to know you and discuss your desired outcomes, your ultimate experience, and your concerns so we get it right the first time. We discuss timelines, expectations, best treatments, and payment plans.
Most importantly, I will explain why they are the best options and go over the results you can expect to allow you to feel comfortable and confident you are making the right decision.