Neuromodulators for Frown Lines and Forehead Furrows

Neuromodulators – wrinkle-relaxing injections of botulinum toxin commercially known as Botox, Dysport and Xeomin – can be used to treat frown lines. A minute amount of the neuromodulators is injected directly into the underlying muscle, causing it to relax and gradually smooth out the appearance of the overlying skin.

Before (left) and after (right) Botox to the glabella.
Photo courtesy of Shannon Humphrey, MD - Vancouver, Canada

Possible risks

  • Soreness
  • Mild bruising
  • Temporary weakness of surrounding muscles
  • Headache
  • Drooping eyelid

Before and after Botox treatment for forehead lines and furrows.
Photo courtesy of Suzanne Bruce, MD Houston, TX

Why choose neuromodulators for frown lines and forehead furrows

  • Non-invasive – does not require surgery.
  • Can be quickly performed in your doctor’s office.
  • Virtually no recovery time.

What to expect after the procedure

  • Virtually no recovery time is required after neuromodulator injections.
  • Patients should take care not to rub treated areas, which could cause it to migrate to another area.

Before (top) and after (right) Dysport treatment to glabellar furrows.
Photo courtesy of Sue Ellen Cox, MD - Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Before (top) and after (right) Dysport treatment to glabellar furrows.
Photo courtesy of Sue Ellen Cox, MD - Chapel Hill, North Carolina

 

How to prepare for the procedure

Before the procedure, an ASDS dermatologist will review the patient’s medical history. This is the time for the doctor and patient to discuss expectations, potential risks and outcomes of the procedure. You should tell your doctor if you use or have recently taken:

  • Blood-thinning drugs
  • Previous neuromodulator therapy
  • Antibiotics by injection
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Allergy or cold medicine