Upper Face - Including frown lines
Frown lines are generally treated by injecting Botulinum Toxin into key areas. At Clinique Élan we use Xeomin® and Dysport® which are different brands of the botulinum toxin, (often called Botox, which has become a generic term for all forms of this treatment). We have found that Dysport® and Xeomin® have a faster effect than Botox and are well tolerated by our clients.
Botulinum treatments and dermal fillers are both options to address these areas, but botulinum is usually the first treatment of choice for the frown.
This is because it treats the problem, not just the symptom. Dysport® or Xeomin® is injected into the muscles used for frowning, which over time have become over active. Five to ten days after treatment the muscles are paralysed, so the client is unable to frown. In time, this lack of movement will soften the frown lines themselves. Dysport®/Xeomin® treatments last 3-4 months.
Our skin rejuvenation treatments can also help improve the look of the skin in this area, which enhances the effects of any injectable treatments.
Both fillers and botulinum toxin procedures can be used to soften forehead lines, often in combination. Every forehead is different! It is not always possible to completely eradicate movement and lines completely especially in older people, as this is likely to drop the eyebrows too much. Each person is therefore treated on an individual basis. As with all injectable treatments, improving the skin itself will always enhance the results.
Dermal filler is the ideal treatment to address this problem, which develops as we age. The results can be quite dramatic, but still very natural, as replacing volume will often lift the eyebrows. It also creates a more youthful look in the upper face.
Surgery (blepharoplasty and/or forehead lift) is the best way to treat this problem. For those who do not wish to do this in some instances we can get some temporary lift with the use of botulinum toxin (Dysport®/Xeomin®). Sometimes dermal filler can also be used. Establishing where the problem lies is the first step, and then planning a suitable treatment regime.