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 BTX 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.
BTX relaxes the muscle by interfering with the conduction of nerve impulses. Less nerve signals reaching the muscle = less muscular contraction
BTX 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 BTX and neurotoxins, Dr Edwin prefers to use the BTX brand from Allergan. However, due to google search engine restrictions, the website is unable to spell out BTX in full.
During the initial consultation, Dr Edwin will examine your skin and discuss the BTX treatment plan with you.
Your BTX 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.
BTX injections are carried out using a tiny needle. Discomfort is minimal.
After treatment, there will be small bumps containing BTX 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 BTX 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 BTX 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 BTX typically take between 3 to 10 days with a gradual onset of results. More BTX can be added after 2 weeks if needed.
No, done correctly, BTX should not make any individual look fake.
An experienced doctor will be able to recommend the ideal BTX dosage to achieve your desired appearance.
For example, those who prefer a more "natural" look will receive a lower dosage of BTX 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 BTX, patients may experience mild bruising and swelling at the injection sites. The swelling from BTX usually disappears in a few hours whilst bruising tends to fade after a few days.
Frown line BTX is often combined with the following BTX treatments to improve the appearance of wrinkles and lines in the upper face.
Learn more about BTX treatments for other areas here
Every clinic offers different BTX neurotoxin treatment options for the improvement of wrinkles. No one clinic is same as the other. If you want to make sure that BTX neurotoxin treatments are performed safely and effectively, make sure that the clinic is experienced in offering such BTX neurotoxin injections. The clinic should also offer information on the various types of neurotoxins before proceeding.