Frown Lines – Meaning, Causes and Botox or Filler Treatment – Auckland NZ

Frown lines are the lines between the eyebrows caused by repetitive use of facial muscles. As well as having an ageing effect they can make a face look worried or unhappy. Frown lines nz are best treated by Botox®, which relaxes the muscles that cause the lines. Sometimes they also require dermal fillers such as Juvederm to smooth the lines further. Below we discuss frown line causes and frown lines treatment.

Palm Clinic Auckland, NZ has been treating frown lines between the eyes with Botox® and Dermal Fillers for 25 years, we have a reputation for providing natural looking results so you know you are in good hands.

What Causes Frown Lines

Frown lines between the eyebrows are caused by repetitive movement of the facial muscles of facial expression. Over time, as we age, our skin becomes less forgiving and less elastic. The result being, that even when we’re not frowning, the lines stay in place. These are called static lines.

People with lighter skin colouring (think blonde hair and blue eyes) have lower levels of melanin in their skin. Over time, this means less inherent protection against the damaging UV rays from the sun resulting in sun damaged skin, more prone to fine lines and wrinkles. An example of this is how youthful people of African, Asian, Maori and Pacific Island descent tend to look as they age.

Regardless of our skin type, the more the exposure to UV rays from the sun, smoking and other environmental stressors, the faster the skin ages and the more prone it is to frown lines.

Our clients often ask us how to get rid of frown lines and forehead wrinkles, our approach is outlined below.

Botox or Filler Treatment for Frown Lines

Clinical trials show that Botox® injection is a safe and effective treatment for frown lines. Botox® is approved by the FDA (Food and Drug administration in the USA) for cosmetic purposes for the treatment of frown lines, horizontal forehead lines and crow’s feet and for medical conditions such as excessive sweating in the armpits. Botox® (botulinum toxin) works by blocking the message from the nerve to the muscles that are involved in frowning. When the treatment is done by experts, it can achieve a natural looking softening of frown lines without giving a ‘frozen’ look. The effect of Botox® injection should always be a softened, refreshed look rather than a stunned, unnatural appearance devoid of facial expression. It’s all about the right dose, in the right hands. At Palm Clinic, Auckland, NZ we are renowned for making your result look natural.

You can read more about Botox® injection treatment here.

In most cases, Botox® (botulinum toxin) will soften or eradicate frown lines sufficiently. When this is not the case, a complementary treatment to consider is dermal filler (hyaluronic acid). Dermal filler is a clear gel made of hyaluronic acid that we inject with fine needles under the skin to lift up lines. They are safe and effective when administered by an expert and can also be applied to treating ‘mouth frown’ or marionette lines as well as other indications.

You can read more about dermal filler (hyaluronic acid) here.

Although Botox® treatment and hyaluronic acid filler are safe and effective, some of our clients prefer to look to other options to treat their frown lines. These can be used instead of, or in addition to Botox® treatment and hyaluronic acid dermal filler.

A visit to our skin therapist to optimise the condition of your skin with medical grade skin care that you can use at home as well as medifacials/peels as prescribed by our skin therapist in the clinic.

You can read more about medifacials here and chemical peels here.

Improving skin condition through dermal needling (dermapen) and/or Fraxel laser resurfacing is an additional way to help treat and prevent frown lines and sun damage. You can read more about dermal needling here and Fraxel laser here.

The best way to navigate all of these options is to see our cosmetic medicine Doctor, Dr. Sam Dunn for a consultation. He will listen to your concerns, consider your skin type and medical background and suggest appropriate treatment options for you to consider. He will also cover expected outcomes as well as any potential side effects so you can make a fully informed decision.

Before and After Photos

frown lines are best treated by Botox

Individual results may vary.

Here’s a before and after picture of our lovely receptionist Lorraine, showing her in March 2012 and November 2013. Her longstanding frown line has never been improved much by Botox® treatment, probably due to bone and soft tissue loss (“volume loss”). 

Lorraine kindly agreed to treatment with Juvederm Ultraplus under the frown and brow area to advance the whole area forwards. Treatment was performed with a special rounded needle called a cannula. We also placed some Juvederm Ultraplus at the corners of her mouth to reduce shadowing, and lift the corners of her mouth.

The final touch was Juvederm Voluma placed in her lateral cheek to restore a more youthful oval shape to her face, reducing the appearance of the jowls. Lorraine’s husband has been complimenting her on her ‘bright, open eyes’ and she is very happy with her gentle, natural rejuvenation.

For more pictures of before and after treatment at Palm Clinic, view our galleries here and here.

Palm Clinic Aesthetic. We make it look natural.
Consulatation at Palm Clinic with Dr Sam DunnConsulatation at Palm Clinic with Dr Sam Dunn

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Botox®  is a prescription medicine for the treatment of frown lines, horizontal forehead lines and crow’s feet round the eyes. Botox® has risks and benefits. Ask your doctor if Botox® is right for you. If you have side effects, see your doctor. You will need to pay for Botox® and clinic fees will apply. For details on precautions & side effects consult your healthcare professional or the Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) at www.medsafe.govt.nz. Botox® treatment lasts about 4 months and further courses of treatment may be necessary. Should only be administered by trained medical professionals.(Contains botulinum toxin A 50,100 & 200 units). Allergan (NZ) Limited, Auckland.

Juvederm Ultra™ & Juvederm Ultra Plus™ are medical devices Class III for the filling of medium size and deep facial wrinkles by injection into the skin and for creating definition and volume in the lips. Contains 24mg/mL. cross-linked hyaluronic acid. Juvederm has risks and benefits. Cautions: Use in an area that has been treated with another dermal filler, people with autoimmune disease, or who are pregnant, breastfeeding, under 18 years of age or have an increased susceptibility to keloid formation and hypertrophic scarring. People on blood thinning medicines. Possible side effects: injection site inflammatory reactions (redness/swelling, itching/pain on pressure) induration or nodules; discolouration; weak filling effect. If you have side effects or concerns speak to your doctor. Product and treatment costs will apply. Note: Juvederm treatment lasts about 12-24 months. For product information check with your doctor or product information at Allergan (NZ) Limited, Auckland.      

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