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What is the best treatment for vertical frown lines between by eyebrows (glabellar lines)?

Glabellar lines can make the face appear stern or even angry. Minimizing or totally removing these “11” lines can go a long way toward making the face appear more relaxed and youthful. There are two methods for accomplishing this: the injection of “fillers” and the injection of botulinum toxin. Both should be administered by a provider with training and experience, as the side effects can be serious.

Today’s fillers are less likely to “clump” under the skin or cause allergic reactions. Some will encourage the production of new collagen in the injection site. Fillers can last from 4 to 12 months.

Botulinum toxin injections ease the glabellar lines by partially deactivating the muscles that cause these furrows. Without these muscles pulling on the skin, the wrinkles can be lessened significantly. The effects have a duration of three to four months. At times, these two methods may be used together.

Susan Dorsey, MD
Dermatology Associates of Roanoke, PC
Roanoke | 540.981.1439