Frown lines and forehead lines

What are frown lines and forehead lines?

Also known as Glabellar lines, frown lines are vertical wrinkles and creases that can appear nestled between the eyebrows or straight across the forehead. Horizontal forehead lines (or wrinkles) can develop into prominent and deep furrows that are permanently etched into the skin.

What causes frown lines and forehead lines?

Both frown lines and forehead lines develop as a result of the skin naturally becoming thinner with age. These lines are natural expression lines that are formed by the movement of the muscles in the face. Sun damage to the skin causes premature ageing, which in turn exacerbates the creasing and folding on the forehead.

Frown lines are caused by the knitting, gathering and puckering of the tissue that lies under the skin between the eyebrows. Repetitive movement of the underlying muscles forms a visible fold over time. Frown lines can make you look tired and give you a permanent stern expression that is harsh and ageing.

Treatment options:

As frown lines and forehead lines begin to appear when frown muscles are contracted, keeping upper facial muscles relaxed as much as possible will minimise the appearance of a furrowed brow. Massaging the skin between the eyebrows can help to loosen the knitted and gathered muscle tension so that frown lines appear less prominent.

Botox offers an effective solution to frown lines and forehead lines. Deep lines in the forehead can be softened to create a rejuvenated appearance. Botox is a muscle relaxant that can be injected into the forehead muscles to reduce the movement of the skin that forms the frown and forehead lines. Once the muscles are relaxed, the skin stretches and smoothes out, and frown lines become less visible. Botox can also prevent the prominent lines from becoming deeper.

Hyaluronic acid fillers that are administered via non-evasive application plump up the skin in order to support and fill in the lines, creating a smoother, fresh appearance. Dermal fillers are injected into areas of visible volume loss to add fullness to the skin.

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