Glabellar lines, or “frown lines”, are vertical wrinkles on the forehead that appear between the eyebrows. This is not totally related to the aging process. Because frown lines are created by facial expression during frowning and squinting, they can actually start to appear at a younger age. The appearance of the lines can become worse as the collagen in that area of the forehead breaks down. There are several factors, in addition to facial expression, that can cause or worsen the appearance of frown lines including.
- Sun Exposure – UV light in the sun can damage collagen
- Aging – can create a loosening of collagen fibers and increased skin elasticity
- Smoking – can reduce the amount of new collagen produced
Effective treatments for this area can help by reducing the muscle activity in the forehead, which will help smooth the wrinkles and create a younger appearance. BOTOX COSMETIC® is onabotulinumtoxinA, a sterile, purified form of botulinum toxin type A, used to treat upper facial lines, including forehead, crow’s feet, and frown lines. At Pure Rejuvenation Cosmetic Centre our team of board certified physicians personally administer all injections of BOTOX COSMETIC®, Dysport® and dermal fillers.
BOTOX COSMETIC® is a Health Canada and FDA approved injectable treatment targeting what are known as dynamic wrinkles, which are caused by repeated muscular contractions, such as frowning and squinting. BOTOX COSMETIC® is onabotulinumtoxinA, a sterile, purified form of botulinum toxin type A, derived from a purified protein. It works by relaxing the muscles that cause these dynamic wrinkles, giving your face a more relaxed and refreshed appearance. The procedure is quick, simple, and there is no downtime.
Where can BOTOX COSMETIC® be used?
Treatment areas where BOTOX COSMETIC® can be used include the frown lines between the eyebrows, the horizontal lines that run across the forehead, and the crow’s feet around the outer eyes.
Will my face still have expression?
BOTOX COSMETIC® is intended to enhance the way you look, not change it. When administered by an experienced physician, you can still smile, frown and be expressive. The treatment only relaxes the muscle beneath the lines at the point of injection, so the other elements of your facial expression remain alive. It also has no effect on the sensory nerves, so you will have normal feeling in the treated areas.
Are BOTOX COSMETIC® treatments safe?
BOTOX® has been licensed in Canada since 1990 as a safe and effective treatment for a variety of medical conditions. In 2001, Health Canada approved BOTOX COSMETIC® for wrinkle therapy.
What is the treatment like?
A tiny amount of BOTOX COSMETIC® is injected very precisely into the muscle being treated. A very fine needle and a small amount of liquid are used so the pain associated with the injection is minimal. The sensation has been compared to a bug bite. No sedation or local anesthetic is required, and you can resume normal activities immediately.
How long does the treatment take?
A BOTOX COSMETIC® procedure is quick, simple and there is no downtime. Following the facial analysis by our physician and a discussion on your desired outcome, the procedure itself only takes about 10 to 15 minutes to perform.
How soon will I see a difference and how long does the treatment last?
You can expect to see results within days after your treatment. The effects usually last up to four months.
Dysport® is a Health Canada and FDA- approved prescription injection used for the treatment of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows in adults under 65. Like BOTOX COSMETIC® , Dysport® (pronounced “dis-port”) is a type A botulinum toxin, a highly refined protein commonly used to relax muscles and inhibit sweating.
How does Dysport® work?
Dysport® blocks the signal from the nerve to the treated muscle, which temporarily reduces movement of certain upper muscles that cause wrinkles. Treatment with Dysport® generally takes just 10 to 20 minutes.
How long has Dysport® been used?
Dysport® has been available for clinical use for over 15 years. In 2013, Health Canada has approved Dysport® (Botulinum toxin type A for injection) for the temporary improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines (glabellar lines) in adult patients younger than 65 years of age.
Which last longer Dysport® or BOTOX Cosmetic®?
Depending the dosage relative to BOTOX COSMETIC® , Dysport® should last 3-4 months. Both are Health Canada and FDA approved, and when injected appropriately, provide wonderful results.
Will Dysport® change my appearance?
Dysport® is an injection used to temporary improve the look of your moderate to severe frown lines without changing the look of your whole face. The untreated facial muscles still work normally, allowing you to freely show facial expression, such as smiling, in untreated areas.