Frown Lines: Surgical and Non-Surgical Treatments
By Constance M. Barone, M.D. on December 13, 2014
Frown lines are generally caused by the natural aging process and a combination of sun damage, frequently frowning, and other factors. To a certain extent, frown lines are unavoidable since they will naturally form on the face over time, but there is plenty that you can do to make them less noticeable.
Dr. Constance M. Barone's cosmetic surgery practice in San Antonio offers comprehensive solutions for lines, wrinkles, drooping, and sagging that affects a person's face, including non-invasive BOTOX® cosmetic injections and the latest in facial plastic surgery. Let's consider some of the most popular options for treating frown lines.
Facial Plastic Surgery for Frown Line Treatment
Facial plastic surgery procedures are often the ideal remedy for frown lines and other kinds of problematic wrinkling and sagging.
The best surgery for the frown lines tends to be the brow lift (aka forehead lift). During this surgery, incisions are carefully hidden in the upper portions of the hair line. Through these incision, the plastic surgeon can adjust underlying tissues of the forehead, remove excess skin, and pull all of the remaining skin tighter in order to reduce wrinkles.
Healing from brow lift surgery will take some time, with patients expected to miss work for about a week. Notable side effects (e.g., soreness, bruising, swelling) tend to last a week to two week, though they become more manageable with proper rest.
BOTOX® Cosmetic Injections
BOTOX® injections involve the use of a specially purified injectable solution. The BOTOX® cosmetic solution halts muscle contractions in the injection site, and in doing so prevents agitation of skin in the area where wrinkles occur. The wrinkles fade and do not form, allowing a patient to look young and refreshed again.
The effects of BOTOX® injections last roughly six months, and repeat injection therapies can be performed as needed in order to prolong the results. Many BOTOX® injection patients appreciate the results combined with the lack of downtime and lack of scarring.
Dermal Filler Injections
BOTOX® cosmetic is not the only type of injection treatment for frown lines. Patients can also undergo injection treatments with dermal fillers. Dermal fillers are special cosmetic solutions that enhance the volume of the injection site, making them an ideal option for hollows, deep lines, and other kinds of aesthetic issues of the face.
Careful placement of dermal fillers for frown lines is ideal, and since there are many kinds of fillers out there, we'll consider your situation and which kind of filler may be most ideal for you and your needs. Like BOTOX® injections, dermal filler results will last several months (depending on the filler), and repeat treatments are possible.
Which treatment is ideal for me?
During your consultation with Dr. Barone, you will receive ample information about all of your treatment options so you can make the best and most well-informed decision when it comes to your frown line treatment options. We will be sure to go over all risks and benefits of each procedure.
Tips for Preventing Frown Lines
In order to prevent frown lines, consider the following tips:
- Use sunblock when you go outdoors
- Wear a hat with a brim to prevent sun damage
- Use a healthy moisturizer
- Drink water and stay hydrated
- Quit smoking and the use of tobacco products
- Get ample rest every night
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Constance M. Barone
For more information about your surgical and non-surgical options for wrinkle reduction and looking your very best, be sure to contact our cosmetic skin care and plastic surgery center today. Dr. Barone and the entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve all of your aesthetic goals.
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