Has it ever occurred to you that people tell you that you look upset or tired, even when you feel completely fine? If this sounds familiar, it’s possible that this is the result of your frown lines causing you to look angry or tired.
Or perhaps you’ve just noticed that as time has gone on, you have more deep lines, creases, or a lack of symmetry between your frown lines. Frown lines are normal—when you frown. When you’re not frowning, they can be a distracting, disappointing facial feature for many people.
What is Botox?
Botox® is the common name for botulinum toxin type A. It has many, many medical applications ranging from preventing chronic migraines to easing upper limb muscle spasms, but of course its most popular use is for its age-defying ability to smooth out wrinkles, lines, and creases within the face.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox® is a neuromodulator, which means that it acts to weaken the muscles that cause wrinkles or creases. It does this by blocking nerve signals that result in muscle contraction—when muscles are relaxed, they tend to cause the tissue and skin around them to smooth out. Most wrinkles that appear on the face are the result of repeated movements over a lifetime.
The countless times that you’ve smiled, looked surprised, talked, or blinked all tend to accrue an effect on your anatomy, and thus by relaxing the muscles responsible for these actions you can substantially reduce the appearance of normal, age-related wrinkles.
Botox® is commonly applied between the eyebrows, near the sides of the eyes to reduce the appearance of “crow’s feet,” and to restore or promote facial symmetry. It can, of course, also be used to reduce frown lines.
How Can Botox Reduce Frown Lines?
Botox® can be used to reduce the appearance of frown lines by having a medical professional inject it into the affected areas. These injections are virtually painless and require little to no downtime after the procedure. Botox® also carries very little risk and has been studied extensively by the medical community.
Softening harsh facial wrinkles can frequently help make you appear more approachable, easygoing, refreshed, and youthful. After consulting with a medical specialist trained in using Botox®, a typical treatment should only take about 15 minutes. Results are typically seen as early as 4 days later with the complete effect being realized by two weeks.
Are the Effects of Botox® Permanent for Frown Lines?
The effects of Botox® for any wrinkles are not permanent. In most cases, patients should expect to have another treatment within three to six months.
Whether you’re considering the use of Botox® or any other form of cosmetic treatment, it’s important to work with a plastic surgeon or qualified medical professional who you feel comfortable with. During your initial consultation, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions not only about the procedure but about their experience as well. Despite the effects of Botox® being temporary, it is critical that you seek out a specialist who is properly trained on the use of Botox® in order to optimize your aesthetic outcome.