Best Treatment for Frown Lines and Wrinkles
How does it feel to realize your fountain of youth is out of order? Devastating! Isn’t it? But can any of us escape aging? No one can.
The first sign of aging is the appearance of frown lines. These fine lines between the brows make one’s appearance sullen and the personality repulsive.
Cindy Crawford once said, “the face you have at 20 is the face god gave you, but the face you have at 50 is the face you earned”. Luckily, medical miracles can help us get rid of frown lines and restore soft, supple, and youthful skin at any age.
What are frown lines?
The deep vertical wrinkles between your eyebrows, nose, and forehead are called Frown lines. Also known as Glabellar lines or worry lines, these are formed due to the contraction and movement of two facial muscles, the procerus and corrugators. These muscles are located between the upper part of our nose and lower forehead.
What causes frown lines?
Human skin gets its form and structure from the fibroblasts in the dermis (the second layer of our skin). Fibroblasts produce collagen that gives soft and flawless skin like a baby. As one ages, collagen production declines, and the skin loses its elasticity and shape, resulting in wrinkles and creases on the face.
- Aging: Aging is the prime reason for getting frown lines. Young and healthy skin bounces back quickly after forming temporary wrinkles. While older skin loses its elasticity and shape, thus, creating permanent worry lines and wrinkles on the face.
- Stress: Mental and emotional stress might lead to a distressed facial expression, resulting in worry lines on the face.
- Genes: People genetically blessed to have a resilient skin type are less prone to get frown lines and wrinkles as their skin ages slower and vice versa.
- Sunlight: Prolonged exposure to the sun leads to the deterioration of collagen bundles and breakage of elastin in the dermis, causing sagging facial skin, furrows, and folds.
- Facial expressions: Repeated expressions like furrowing, squinting, and scrunching cause skin to crease and fold. Over the period, as the skin loses its elasticity and firmness, the folds don’t smooth out, leading to permanent expression lines on the face.
- Unhealthy habits: Bad habits like smoking, alcohol consumption, and drugs narrow down the blood vessels, resulting in a lesser supply of oxygenated blood to the facial tissues. Due to skin elasticity and texture damage, wrinkles start appearing on the face and become more prominent and permanent.
How to Treat Frown Lines?
Getting frown lines is inevitable as you age; however, multiple effective options can help prevent and treat frown lines. It is essential to consult a doctor to choose the proper treatment, depending on the patient’s aesthetic goal.
Minimally Invasive treatments
Microneedling: A minimally invasive treatment, Microneedling, uses a wand-like device with fine needles to puncture the forehead, causing numerous prickling. A topical anesthetic is used before the procedure to ease the pain and discomfort. Microneedling triggers the regeneration of skin elasticity and enhanced collagen production, thereby reducing the appearance of frown lines. At least four sessions are required to achieve desired results.
Botox: Diamonds were once a girl’s best friend, then Botox happened. Neurotoxin injections like Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport are a blessing that treats deeper and more prominent frown lines. On injecting the neuromodulators into the affected areas, it relaxes the muscles and retrieves them to their original shape, smoothing out the wrinkles. Moreover, this injection restricts the movements of your forehead muscles.
An experienced aesthetician must perform the procedure. Though it’s a painless procedure, one might feel mild irritation or bruise after administering the injection. The active ingredient, botulinum toxin type A gets down to work and shows visible results in a week or two, and the effect lasts up to 3 to 6 months before another sitting to maintain the results.
Dermal fillers: Dermal fillers are a safe and minimally invasive procedure to smooth out frown lines and passive facial wrinkles temporarily. The fillers consisting of hyaluronic acid are injected under the skin to fill the frown lines and add volume to the skin. It stimulates the natural collagen production that helps in smoothening out the frown lines and restrains the formation of new creases. Before injecting the fillers, a topical numbing cream is applied to minimize discomfort. This painless procedure rejuvenates the skin, and the youthful facial look is visible within 2 to 3 days of administering the injection. The results can last 3 to 12 months.
Laser resurfacing: Laser resurfacing is a non-invasive procedure that uses concentrated laser beams of light to remove the skin’s blemished and wrinkled outer layer. Removal of the damaged skin triggers natural collagen production. This procedure is best suited to treat mild to moderate frown lines. A topical anesthetic or local anesthesia is injected into the targeted area before using Ablative lasers to remove the frown lines. The downtime is around three weeks before the follow-up procedure.
Chemical peels: Chemical peels use glycolic and salicylic acid to peel off the damaged outermost layer of the skin, boosting collagen production and curtailing the formation of wrinkles. These mild peels soften the visibility of moderate and shallow wrinkles.
Brow lift: A brow lift is a surgical procedure that removes the frowning muscles and tightens the skin around the forehead and eyes. This procedure gives the patient a smoother, wrinkle-free forehead and improves overall appearance. The surgery is done after administering general anesthesia, and it takes a fortnight to recover.
Facelift: A facelift is a significant surgical procedure that addresses all facial aging concerns in a single go. The process smoothens the creases and wrinkles over the face, tightens the skin muscles, and gives a youthful appearance. The recovery is painful and requires great care and patience.
The Bottom Line
Even though we say true beauty is on the inside, the packaging does matter. Our skin is the most prominent visible organ, the best accessory we wear daily, reflecting how well life is lived. Thus, it is essential to do the necessary skin vestment. One must put time, effort, and money into keeping the skin healthy and glowing.
Aging and frown lines are facts of life, but looking old and wrinkly is not. One is never too old to become younger. Don’t just wish for that flawless skin and refreshed look; go ahead and get it. Consult your aesthetician for the most effective medical treatments to eliminate frown lines.
Beauty may be in the eyes of the beholder, but it certainly is in the hands of an aesthetic physician. Our aesthetic clinic has some of the best aesthetic and dermatology experts with vast experience in cosmetic treatments. Our skin specialists not just restore skin but also deliver beauty. We strive to fulfill varied cosmetic requirements and aesthetic goals of individuals of all ages, shapes, and colours with various treatment options and state-of-the-art technology.