- Botox, Dysport
- Facial Fillers
Frown lines / vertical forehead lines / or the “elevens” between your eyebrows are lines that develop over the years as we contract the muscles that make us concentrate, frown or squint. Over time, these lines etch in permanently and are there even when the person is not frowning. This is one of the most requested Botox treatments at Skin MD and Beyond, as these lines make a person look mad, tired and unapproachable. Dysport is a botulinum toxin similar to that of Botox and is also commonly requested to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and frown lines.
When Botox/Dysport are placed correctly the effect will be a relaxed, calm and refreshed brow that provides an excellent result! If your lines are deeper, and prominent without movement, the combination of Botox and a Facial Filler is even better and lasts longer. The two are synergistic and are able to get rid of frown lines much better when combined.
The frown area between the brows looks the way it does because of muscle movement making the lines, volume loss and the effects of aging. Botox/Dysport is a temporary fix to block the muscles for a 3-6month period. This keeps the muscles from creating deep wrinkles in the area, but it doesn’t improve the volume loss. Fillers are a great way to improve the lines that form in this area. By placing filler in the “cracks” it makes it harder for the muscle to actually create the wrinkles.
Drs. Wright are very experienced in treating the frown lines with a combination of Botox/Dysport and Fillers to correct both issues. Ideally, the Botox/Dysport may be injected ten days before the filler, or in patients who are unable to return for a second appointment, the two may be injected at the same time.
The two in combination work better than either alone. Amazingly in many patients the vertical line doesn’t return even after the Botox has worn off.
Treating the frown lines with fillers is considered and “off-label” use and you should always ensure that your doctor is very experienced in treating this area. Only a conservative amount of filler can be used to avoid extra swelling that may compromise blood flow. There are reports of complications from fillers injected which has caused tissue death of small patches of skin. When the filler is correctly applied (i.e. not too much)this rare complication can be minimized.