Treating Frown Lines
Repeated movement of the muscle between the eyebrows, which creases every time you frown or squint, causes frown lines. They can be treated with a muscle relaxant that causes this underlying muscle to contract less. This is one of the most popular areas for muscle relaxant treatments. These injections can smooth existing wrinkles and also stop the lines from becoming deeper by preventing the repeated muscle movements causing them. Patients with particularly deep frown lines may want to combine this treatment with dermal filler injections to “fill in” the indentations in the skin.
Who is suitable for this treatment?
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. This treatment may be performed on adults of any age, though it is more commonly performed on people in their 30’s who have started to notice signs of facial ageing. It is appropriate for most adults in good overall health. Many patients find this treatment leaves them looking refreshed and feeling happier as a result.
What to Expect
The treatment can be performed in our doctor’s office in less than an hour. A thin needle is used to deliver the muscle relaxant directly into the muscle between the eyebrows and takes just a few moments. Following the injection, the anti-wrinkle product works by causing the muscle to relax.
After receiving a frown line treatment, patients are free to resume their normal activities. No bandages are needed, and there is no required recovery period. Frown line injections have become a popular “lunchtime rejuvenation” treatment for patients seeking a quick treatment with no downtime.
Within about a week, the frown lines will have become less noticeable. The muscle relaxant that has been injected blocks signals from the nerves, causing the muscle underneath your frown lines to become weakened. Since the muscle can no longer fully contract, deep creases become smoother. Many patients report noticing differences in their frown lines within just a couple of days.
The effects of this treatment usually last 3-6 months. As the muscle relaxant wears off, the muscle under the frown lines will regain its ability to contract, and the lines will reappear. Many patients schedule regular injections to keep their frown lines at bay.
Possible Risks and Complications
After anti-wrinkle injections, minor side effects such as swelling, redness, bruising, and tenderness are common. They usually subside within 48 hours, and any visible effects can be camouflaged with make-up. Rarely, serious complications such as infection or long-term numbness of the treated area can occur. To prevent the injected muscle relaxer from affecting the surrounding tissue, avoid touching the treated area for 12 hours and do not lie down for 4 hours.
Rough Costs Involved
The costs of anti-wrinkle treatments depend on the amount of muscle relaxant needed. Frown lines can usually be treated with one unit of relaxant, for a total cost of $230. Many patients pair this treatment with a dermal filler injection to fill in the deep indentation of the wrinkles, which comes with an added cost. To learn more about the costs involved in a frown line treatment, schedule a consultation visit.