Glabellar lines, also known as frown lines, worry lines, and elevens, are the vertical indentations in between your eyebrows. Surgical options, such as a forehead lift can diminish frown lines, but surgery is neither an appropriate nor an interesting option for every patient.
Fortunately, several non-surgical options, including certain laser treatments, are also very effective on these common wrinkles.
Neuromodulators such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® are incredibly effective on frown lines. These treatments help to relax the muscles underlying the skin, enabling deep creases between the eyebrows to soften and become less noticeable.
While incredibly effective against frown lines, neuromodulators are temporary and will only produce results for three to four months. Maintenance treatments can be performed as often as you’d like. They will be needed for continued results.
Longer lasting than BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport® are dermal fillers. These products contain ingredients such as hyaluronic acid that gradually add volume to the treatment areas. Fillers are typically used to add volume to the cheeks, the area around the lips, and similarly fleshy areas, but they can also be useful when used in between the eyebrows.
Frown line fillers like Restylane can produce results for six to eighteen months depending on factors unique to your treatment. As with neuromodulators, maintenance treatments can be scheduled at regular intervals to ensure continuous results.
Are Fillers Safe?
Maintenance treatments can spark the question, “How safe are dermal fillers?” Especially with frequent use. Fortunately, while side-effects are possible, severe reaction is extremely rare and most often linked to allergies.
During your initial consultation at Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, we will carefully review your medical records to help safeguard against adverse reactions.
Redness, swelling, and bruising are common side-effects of dermal fillers. Others, including acne-like skin eruptions and lumps, are possible as well. During your time in our care, we will discuss proper preparation and aftercare to help ensure the most pleasing experience.
Contact Us to Learn More
If you’re ready to address your forehead lines, call Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center at 717-732-1000 and schedule your initial consultation today.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a neuromodulator. Injected into targeted treatment areas, the active ingredient in BOTOX® Cosmetic interrupts the signals between nerves and muscles, eliminating tension and allowing the overlying skin to smooth.
How Long Does BOTOX® Cosmetic Last?
BOTOX® Cosmetic interrupts signals between the muscles and nerves but does not destroy or damage these connections. Over the course of three to four months, the active ingredient will run its course and additional treatment will be needed to maintain results.
BOTOX® Cosmetic can safely be injected with frequency. Some people choose to have touch-ups performed proactively every few months to ensure aesthetic consistency.
What Areas of the Face can be Treated with BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is FDA approved to treat:
- Forehead lines and creases
- Frown lines (in between the eyebrows)
- Crow’s feet (extending from the corner of the eyes)
- Marionette lines (at the corner of the mouth)
BOTOX® Cosmetic can also be used to address neckbands and skin laxity around the jaw.
Depending on your specific concerns, BOTOX® Cosmetic can be used on multiple areas at once. The best way to learn where this treatment may be useful to you is through a one-on-one consultation at Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center.
Is BOTOX® Cosmetic a Dermal Filler?
Dermal fillers add volume to the skin with active ingredients including collagen and hyaluronic acid. Fillers add support to the framework of tissues that give your face its shape. A dermal filler treatment can last for 12 to 24 months.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is not a dermal filler, but it works well in conjunction. Issues addressed by dermal fillers are not addressed by BOTOX® Cosmetic and vice versa. When used together, however, they can produce a noticeably more youthful appearance by addressing multiple signs of aging.
Is BOTOX® Cosmetic Safe?
BOTOX® Cosmetic enjoys a remarkable safety record. A bulk majority of patients are able to receive treatment with little to no issue at all. Some redness, swelling, or tenderness may be present at the injection site, but this should fade, like any bruises, within a few days. During your time in our care, we will provide you with the services and care instructions you’ll need for the most rewarding experience.
To schedule a consultation at Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, please call 717-732-9000 today. Located in Mechanicsburg, we serve all surrounding areas of Pennsylvania.