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What's the Best Injectable for Treating Frown Lines?

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Frown lines are wrinkles that appear between the eyebrows. They can make you seem angry or stressed, even if you're not. While a number of over-the-counter products claim to manage these unwanted creases, cosmetic injectables like BOTOX are a far more effective option at Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery.

Below, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Dauwe discusses the many benefits of BOTOX treatment and how the injection process works. Call our Dallas, TX office to schedule a consultation and see if BOTOX is right for you.

What causes frown lines?

Frown lines are sometimes called glabellar lines, or "11" lines. They appear when muscles in the forehead contract to form a frown. As we use these muscles repeatedly over time, we see deeper and deeper lines etched into the skin.

Wrinkles are a normal and natural part of aging, but they can make you feel self-conscious. As we get older, our skin loses collagen and elastin, proteins that keep skin firm. This makes wrinkles much more likely to form. Other factors that contribute to frown lines include:

  • Genetics
  • Smoking
  • Excess sun exposure (and other environmental factors)
  • Dehydration

How BOTOX reduces glabellar lines

BOTOX is a cosmetic injectable made from a form of botulinum toxin. It is commonly used to treat wrinkles, but it can also be used for other purposes like migraines and excessive sweating.

Botulinum toxin temporarily relaxes the underlying muscles that cause wrinkles and creases. Though the results are not permanent, they are far more effective than drugstore creams and serums for signs of aging. Treatment is also safer than alternatives like plastic surgery.

The BOTOX injection process

BOTOX injections are quick and easy. In fact, the whole process can be performed during a lunch break. First, Dr. Dauwe cleans the treatment area to remove any excess dirt and oil. We then use a fine needle to inject BOTOX into the forehead area.

Injections may cause some discomfort, but they should not feel too painful. You may feel a small stinging sensation when the needle enters your skin. Afterward, we ensure BOTOX is distributed evenly and offer guidelines for reducing minor side effects like swelling.

Patients see a noticeable difference in their appearance within a few days of BOTOX treatment in Dallas, TX. The full effects of cosmetic injectables usually become apparent within a week.

Are there any side effects?

BOTOX treatment is generally safe and well-tolerated for glabellar lines and other kinds of wrinkles. The most common side effects are temporary and include:

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Pain or tenderness at the injection site

Side effects dissipate on their own within a few days. We recommend avoiding rubbing or massaging the injection site to minimize your risk of bruising. Patients should also avoid strenuous workouts until the side effects have cleared.

BOTOX is not right for everyone. You should not receive BOTOX treatment if you:

  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Are allergic to botulinum toxin
  • Have an infection at the injection site

Try BOTOX for frown lines

Glabellar lines are not only unsightly; they can also make you appear angry or tired. Anyone interested in improving the appearance of frown lines may be a good candidate for BOTOX in Dallas, TX. Call Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery to meet with a dedicated and board-certified plastic surgeon who knows how to achieve stunning results. Dr. Phillip Dauwe has helped many men and women achieve their aesthetic goals.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.