Glabellar lines are the wrinkles that form between your eyebrows. They are also referred to as frown lines, as they are obvious when you are frowning. These wrinkles can appear as one or more vertical lines. Sometimes, glabellar lines are angled towards your eyebrows. They can make you look constantly tired, unhappy, or angry.
Glabellar lines are usually some of the first signs of aging and can start developing and deepening as early as your mid-20s. Lots of younger adults are trying out Botox during this time to prevent the further development of glabellar lines.
These lines begin to materialize more and more as the skin loses its elasticity with age. The movement of the muscles in between your eyebrows in a downward direction makes the glabellar lines a more permanent facial feature. This gives a person a constant frowning appearance.
What Is Botox?
Botox is an injectable cosmetic treatment that is used to smooth away wrinkles on the face. It works by paralyzing the muscles in your face temporarily, an effect of botulinum toxin type A, which is its active ingredient.
This injectable can be injected into the forehead in between your eyes. It is an FDA-approved treatment for use in this area of your skin. It is also used to smooth horizontal forehead lines, crow’s feet on the sides of the eyes, and more.
Botox is used for three main purposes: cosmetic improvement, muscle spasm control, and reduction in severe underarm sweating. It contains botulinum toxin type A, human albumin (a protein found in human blood plasma), and sodium chloride.
The treatment is a simple 15-minute procedure and involves only a few tiny injections directly into the muscles we want to treat. The injection dosage is carefully monitored.
How Does Botox Treatment Work?
The two muscles responsible for glabellar lines are located horizontally between your eyebrows, so when they contract, your frown lines look vertical. After years of contracting in this way, the muscles have trouble returning to a relaxed state and instead stay contracted. Contracted muscles create wrinkles in the overlying skin.
Botox is injected into the muscles to block the nerve impulses that contract muscles. When the movement of the muscle is blocked, the frown lines are able to slowly fade, making your forehead look smoother.
How Long Do the Effects of Botox Last?
Usually, Botox injections last about three to four months. You may need touch-up treatments after your first appointment. Repeat treatments may be recommended every three to four months in order to maintain and improve your results.
Results do not appear immediately after your treatment, instead usually showing up around five to seven days after a session. Some doctors recommend that you allow up to 14 days to see the effects of your injections before a follow-up appointment.
Set Up Your Botox Consultation
To achieve the best and most natural-looking results, Botox injections must be applied to the correct muscles and administered by an experienced doctor. To find out more, it’s best to arrange a consultation by contacting our office. Experienced board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Dev Wali will be happy to help you reach your aesthetic goals.