Frown lines appear when a person contracts their facial muscles. Fine lines and deep wrinkles may show around the mouth, between the eyebrows, and across the forehead. In some, these lines may appear even when not frowning, and cause a chronic angry or worried look on the face. Botox is commonly used to treat frown lines. Deeper wrinkles may be treated with filler injections.
One of the main causes of frown lines is not a constant expression, but rather the sun causing damage to the skin. Collagen and elastin are damaged with repeated sun exposure. Harmful UVA rays from the sun cause the skin’s natural elasticity to break down, resulting in saggy skin that is thin and less firm. As the skin sags, it causes a frowning expression. Smoking, age, dryness, and genetics may also play a role.
Measures for preventing frown lines are the same as other types of skin damage. Always wear SPF 15 or higher sunscreen. A hat and sunglasses also protect the skin from the sun. Keep the skin moisturized and drink plenty of water to keep the skin plump and soft. Avoid smoking or being around cigarette smoke, which also causes skin damage and reduces collagen production.
Frown lines are often deeper and more pronounced than other types of wrinkles. Regardless of the way the person actually feels, it can cause them to consistently look tired, sad, worried, or discouraged. This can be stressful, embarrassing, and affect a person’s confidence or self-esteem. Anti-wrinkle creams found in drugstores are ineffective, making the person feel like there is nothing they can do.
Muscle relaxing injections, such as Botox, are effective in reducing the appearance of frown lines. Deep wrinkles and glabellar lines require filler injections to fill the lines and make the skin smoother, tighter and more youthful. Be sure to consult with Dr. Zizmor to achieve a more youthful look.