What are Frown Lines?
Frown lines (also known as ‘glabeller lines’) are one of the most noticeable signs of aging, becoming evident in the mid-thirties. The aging process literally hits you right between the eyes.
Glabeller lines appear as vertical wrinkles between the eyebrows. They can look like the number ‘11’ and first start appearing when we’re tired, stressed or concentrating.
Why are my Frown Lines so Noticeable?
In our 20’s, the two major muscles that control brow movement are very flexible, springing back into place after squinting or frowning. As we age, however, the muscles in the forehead (the ‘corrugator’ and ‘procerus’ muscles) become weaker and less resilient; losing elasticity.
This leads to the deep ‘number 11’ glabeller lines in the middle of your forehead being present even when your face is at rest, making you look angry, stressed and old.
The primary muscles responsible for controlling facial movement in this area are:
Procerus muscle: this small muscle, in the shape of a pyramid, is at the top of the nose. It can accentuate the appearance of glabeller lines.
Corrugator supercilii muscle: this muscle is underneath the eyebrows-it’s the main frown muscle.
How an Anti-Wrinkle Injection Works
As these glabeller or frown lines are mainly caused by movement of the aforementioned muscles, one of the most effective ways of getting rid of glabeller lines is to use a substance to temporarily paralyse the muscle movement, which makes the frown lines relax.
BTX-A is used as a highly effective muscle relaxing injections. It’s safe, affordable and gives very satisfactory results. Proper placement of the injectable is key, which is why the procedure must be performed by a doctor who understands the underlying musculature of the face.
BTX-A anti-wrinkle injections will last between 3 -6 months before the effects gradually wear off; depending on the patient. The procedure is quick, painless and is known as a ‘lunchtime procedure’, as you can go straight back to your normal activities.