Frown Lines Before and After
Frown lines (glabellar lines) are wrinkles on your forehead between your eyebrows. They are a known sign of aging but have the ability to develop in young adults also. Frown lines have been known to be called typical “11’s” between the eyes. Having frown lines can make your facial appearance look aged, sad, tired, mad, stressed and angry no matter how much in a good mood you are and that’s why they’re disliked by pretty much everybody. Trying to deal with aging skin can take a lot of patience and a decent amount of money as well.
There are several treatments medical and natural which can get rid of frown lines but if they are deep set wrinkles then you will most likely have to go with dermal fillers or a more invasive cosmetic or plastic method. If you are just starting to develop them there are a few things you can do. Botox is a very common treatment for frown lines and has been rated very highly online on the Internet by patients who have undergone the injections, but the problem with having Botox injections is that they only last between 8 to 9 months and are definitely not a permanent or long term solution. Other muscle relaxing injections such as Dysport or Myobloc can also be effective for dynamic frown lines.
Before and after photo
Javier gets Botox injections and frowns for a photo in the before one. In the after photo he is also frowning but the Botox has taken effect and his muscles are relaxed and unable to frown any more.
Before getting glabellar lines
Before you get frown lines your facial appearance would have been smooth and good looking. Because a frown gives you a negative looking temperament it is only natural to seek a remedy for this negative effect, people just wish they could turn their frowns upside down but they can’t because of deep set wrinkles.
Tips on how to avoid getting frown lines before it’s too late
- Avoid the sun’s harmful ultra violet rays or be sure to use sun block or sunscreen when being exposed to the sun.
- Avoid smoking too much because this dries out the skin and you have a higher chance of developing wrinkles.
- Drink plenty of water so your skin doesn’t dehydrate, become dry and wrinkly.
- Frown lines are hereditary so if you developed them at a young age then you can blame your parents.
- Another factor which determines if and how bad you get frown lines is your skin type.
Treatments which get rid of frown lines after you get them
There are natural remedies which you may try to rid yourself of glabellar lines or there are not too painful cosmetic surgery procedures you can get too. Some of these treatments include creams, lotions, facial peels such as a glycolic acid or blue peel and deeper chemical peels and dermabrasion, Botox and other fillers. You may even wish to opt for a plastic surgery procedure like a face lift or something invasive like that.
Lotions and Creams – These do not exactly get rid of frown lines but may reduce their severity. Lotions and creams are mainly used to hydrate the skin from becoming dry and losing its elasticity. Using creams from a young age (even if you’re a male) will help prevent them for a while. As we age our skin slows collagen and elastin production and these creams help replace that collagen and elastin and give the skin its youthful softness. Rubbing vitamin E (for healing) around your frown lines will also help heal skin cells in the affected area. Creams can cost anywhere from $5 up to $100 per bottle but you should be sure to know just applying any sort of cream will help even though the more expensive ones might be of a higher quality.
Facial peels and dermabrasion – These are especially a good pick because they peel off the dead top layer skin leaving a fresh layer to form. There are sever types of peels, they are acidic and that’s what helps them to remove the top layer. Blue peel chemical peels are a very popular option and have been known to do some magic getting rid of frown lines, the average price of a blue facial peel is anywhere from $300 to $1000.
Laser skin treatment – Laser skin resurfacing has always been an option for removing frown lines and produce good results too. The laser is a carbon dioxide (co2) laser and it is able to target any problem area. There is not too much discomfort when it comes to a laser treatment, it is only capable of producing minor swelling and bruising. A deep treatment requires a couple of weeks before you may return to you normal activities. In 2008 in the United States there were over four hundred thousand laser skin resurfacing procedures performed according to the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons). The average laser skin resurfacing treatment according to statistics is around $1,400. Be careful before choosing this option as it may leave your skin a mild pink for a week or two, this is the only reason why most people opt out of this one.
Injectables like Botox and Dysport – Probably the most popular option by far Botox has been proven to work for frown lines for many years now and is highly recommended by cosmetic physicians. The only bad things about having injectable fillers such as Botox or Dysport is that they are certainly not permanent making you want to have another one after the effects disappear and the pain that is associated with getting multiple injections done in one session. The recovery time for cosmetic injectables is anywhere from ten minutes to twenty minutes, rather short considering laser resurfacing is close to two weeks for a deep session. Depending on how deep your wrinkles are around your frown lines your physician will determine how many units of an injectable you require, 20 units is common for Botox. Injectables smooth out wrinkles with fullness and are a result of hyaluronic acid and collagen. The average cost of Botox and other injectables for frown lines is around $300 to $400.
Facelift – A face lift whether mid or full is the most invasive plastic surgery procedure you can get to fix frown lines. This is a hard decision to make but if you want your results to be close to permanent (10 to 20 years) then this is the option which will best suit you. If you are afraid to go under the knife of a plastic surgeon due to the risks you are advised to have a consultation before letting the option go with a cosmetic or plastic surgeon and he/she will explain all the complications and the likelihood of them happening. There have been mixed results with face lifts so you should really leave this as a last option and rather opt for Botox first. The average face lift can cost anywhere between $5,000 to $30,000 depending on who does it and which location. There are side effects that come along with a facelift and these are swelling, scarring and bruising. If you are unlucky you will be very unhappy with the results and have no other choice but to have it redone which will be a painstaking experience to go through the second time hoping for a better outcome. The recovery time for the average face lift weather mid or full is up to a couple of months. If your surgeon does a great job a t a cheap price then it would definitely be worth it but it’s all up to chance.
Sunblock or sunscreen – This is basically a prevention tool to stop you skin from getting damaged by the suns powerful UV rays. Sunblock should be worn if you expect to be out in the naked sun for longer than 15 minutes if you don’t want to damage your skin but this can sometimes be a hard thing to do to be carrying sunscreen around with you all the time. Best thing to do is to have some in the car and at home so it’s easily accessible. The average cost of sunblock or sunscreen is around $5 to $20 depending on the strength but you can be rest assured the cheap stuff will do almost the same job if you’re not going to be out in the sun for long.
Sunglasses – Wearing sunglasses is an excellent idea an quite new to you when you think about frown lines. Fact is they stop you from frowning when the suns glare is hitting your eyes, this will stop you from frowning hopefully or at least a little. Cheap sunglasses go from $5 to $20 and are sure to do the job in preventing a bad frown.
After frown lines treatment
After a frown line treatment or operation the skin on your face will look at least a little bit more youthful again and you don’t you won’t look tired all the time and look for excuses
Anti-wrinkle injections are most commonly used for glabellar lines. Botox runs at around $13 to $18 per unit. This area usually requires 20 to 30 units for women and 30-40 units for men. The total treatment cost will range between $260 and $720.
Being a teacher for the past thirty years has definitely been stressful whilst very rewarding. Of course I did frown a lot during this period, as any teacher does. I started using Botox about two years ago and believe me it makes the world of a difference. I didn’t get any bad side effects like droopy lids or the surprised face but I do get some swelling. This only lasts a few days but it’s well worth the three months of not looking like a troll doll.
Submitted by Debra on March 22, 2012
This YouTube video is an advertisement for Botox Cosmetic for the treatment of frown lines and crow’s feet which ultimately make you look depressed, sad or exhausted even if you’re not.
More before and after photos
In the above two comparison before and after photos Louisa tries to frown although in the after photo the frown lines do not come up as she has had Botox injections.
Tania in the after photo is unable to frown because she’s had Botox injections. Just goes to show how effective Botox injections can be.
Kurt also has Botox injections for his frown lines and is now unable to make them appear because his muscles are relaxed.
Louisa decided to get Botox injections because her frown lines bothered her. They appear to have worked well in the after photo where she is attempting to frown.
- Forehead lines
- Crow’s feet
- Anti-wrinkle injections
- Active FX
- Deep skin peels
- Blue Peel
- Phenol peels
- Chemical peels
- CO2 laser
- Fraxel laser
- Fraxel repair
- Cosmetic laser surgery
- Laser facial rejuvenation
- Laser skin resurfacing
- ProFractional laser
- LED skin treatment
- Collagen injections
- Facial dermabrasion
- Photodynamic therapy
- Lifestyle lift
- Pixel laser
- Skin tightening
- Smoker’s lines
- Total FX
- V Beam
- Wrinkle injections
- Wrinkle reduction
- Hyaluronic acid fillers
- Silikon 1000
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