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Frown lines are the vertical lines that appear between the eyebrows when you concentrate, frown, or knit your eyebrows together. They’re also called “glabellar lines” and the “angry 11s” because most people develop two vertical lines. The appearance of frown lines can induce considerable anxiety because it makes you seem eternally grumpy and upset. Dr. Laura Jarrell uses the safest and most effective neurotoxin injections to smoothen your frown lines, making you look younger and happier.

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What Causes Frown Lines

Frown lines, also known as glabellar lines, are the vertical lines between the eyebrows and nose. They belong to a category of wrinkles known as dynamic wrinkles, i.e., facial creases that only appear while making certain facial expressions. When you’re young, the frown lines are superficial and only appear when you’re actively knitting your eyebrows together. But as you grow older, the frown lines become more permanent.

Frown lines become more permanent with age because of the overuse of two facial muscles — the procerus and corrugators. Like all other muscles on the body, these facial muscles also grow and become more prominent with repeated usage. If you frown frequently, these muscles continue developing and growing until the associated frown lines remain etched on your face even at rest.

Your Frown Lines Treatment Options

Dr. Jarrell will smooth and soften your unwanted frown lines using highly-effective, safe, and FDA-approved neurotoxin injections — Xeomin, Jeuveau, and Botox. Also known as neuromodulators, these injectables are made of an active neurotoxin protein called botulinum toxin type A. Neuromodulators essentially block communications between nerve endings and targeted muscles, thereby preventing unwanted muscle contractions.

When injected into targeted areas around the eyebrows, neuromodulators temporarily prevent the contraction of the procerus and corrugator facial muscles without limiting your facial movements. This minimizes the appearance of frown lines between the eyebrows, making you look significantly younger. The results may start appearing in 3 to 4 days and can last for up to 4 to 6 months.

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The Frown Lines Treatment Overview

Dr. Jarrell will carefully examine your facial skin, discuss your goals, and review your medical history to select the ideal neurotoxin injection for you. She will then inject the chosen neuromodulator into targeted areas around your eyebrows. The procedure concludes within 15 to 30 minutes.

Benefits of Neuromodulators for Frown Lines:

  • Non-surgical treatment
  • Minimal pain or discomfort
  • Minimal side effects
  • Results may appear within 3 to 4 days
  • Results may last up to 4 to 6 months
  • Minimal downtime or recovery period

Side Effects & Recovery

Neuromodulators cause little to no downtime. You should avoid strenuous activities for a day, and ideally avoid direct sunlight for a few days, but you can resume most of your daily activities and work immediately. The most common side effects are mild redness, swelling, bruising, and discomfort around the treatment site for a few days.

Results: Onset & Longevity

Neuromodulators may produce results within 3 to 4 days, with continued improvements for 2 weeks. The results can last for up to 4 to 6 months, following which you will need additional neurotoxin injection sessions.

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