Frown lines refer to the vertical creases or furrows in between the eyebrows.
It is also commonly known as the "11 lines".
Certain emotions such as anger or confusion triggers the action of frowning which is brought about by the contraction of the corrugator and procerus muscles.
Over time, constant activation of these muscles when one frowns combined with an aging skin lead to the appearance of frown lines.
The botox frown line treatment targets the muscles that are involved during frowning by relaxing these muscles.
Once the corrugator and procerus muscles are relaxed, the number of muscular contractions will decrease and the skin relaxation time is increased, thereby resulting in the improvement of wrinkles and lines.
Botox relaxes the muscle by interfering with the conduction of nerve impulses. Less nerve signals reaching the muscle = less muscular contraction
Botox injections are one of the world's most popular anti aging aesthetic treatment and is extensively studied with very high levels of safety and efficacy for the treatment of wrinkles and lines.
Although there are many different brands of botox and neurotoxins, Dr Edwin prefers to use the botox brand from Allergan. However, due to google search engine restrictions, the website is unable to spell out botox in full.
During the initial consultation, Dr Edwin will examine your skin and discuss the botox treatment plan with you.
Your botox treatment plan is customised based on your preference and the injection points and dosage will be discussed with you prior to starting.
The treatment area will be "iced" before each injection to reduce discomfort and the risk of bruising.
Botox injections are carried out using a tiny needle. Discomfort is minimal.
After treatment, there will be small bumps containing botox at the injection sites. These bumps will disappear after 4 to 6 hours.
It is important that patients do not massage or press on these bumps as that may cause botox to diffuse into an undesirable area.
If there is bruising, the intensive recovery cream is recommended to speed up the recovery of bruises.
In steady hands, discomfort is little to none. Furthermore, Dr Edwin uses tiny needles as well as applying ice prior to each injection to keep discomfort as minimal as possible.
Frown line botox typically lasts around 3 to 4 months for those who choose a "natural look" and between 4 to 6 months for those who request for higher doses.
The improvement of frown lines after botox typically take between 3 to 10 days with a gradual onset of results. More botox can be added after 2 weeks if needed.
No, done correctly, botox should not make any individual look fake.
An experienced doctor will be able to recommend the ideal botox dosage to achieve your desired appearance.
For example, those who prefer a more "natural" look will receive a lower dosage of botox compared to those who prefer a more "frozen / stiff" look.
Those opting for a more natural look will still retain around 30-40% of muscle movement. However, retaining a certain degree muscle movement would mean that some wrinkles and lines may still be present.
For those who prefer minimal wrinkles, Dr Edwin will recommend a higher dosage to keep muscle movement to a minimum. However, minimal muscle movement translates to lesser facial expressions and hence a more "frozen / stiff" appearance.
After frown line botox, patients may experience mild bruising and swelling at the injection sites. The swelling from botox usually disappears in a few hours whilst bruising tends to fade after a few days.
Frown line botox is often combined with the following botox treatments to improve the appearance of wrinkles and lines in the upper face.
Learn more about botox treatments for other areas here
Every clinic offers different Frown Line botox treatment options. No one clinic is same as the other. If you want to make sure that the Frown Line botox treatments are performed safely and effectively, make sure that the clinic is experienced in Frown Line botox injections. The clinic should also offer information on the various types of Frown Line botox treatments before proceeding.