Forehead or frown lines can present a frequent problem for both men and women at as the year’s rolls by. As we age, our skin starts to lose tightness and cannot return to the same place it was in our younger days.
When the effects of aging begin to affect our skin, it’s not because of some uncontrollable element. Instead, it is because we start to lose the collagen that once flowed through our skin to keep it smooth and protect it from external factors.
Collagen has a diverse set of responsibilities within our bodies, one of which is renewing old and damaged skin cells with newer and vibrant ones. As levels of collagen are reduced, so too is the natural process that replenishes the skin, leaving us with forehead wrinkles and folds that only serve to make us appear older.
There is even one particular variety of frown line is referred to by its terrible nickname: the 11s. Why? Because this type of frown line forms two pronounced vertical wrinkles between your eyebrows, resembling the number eleven.
No matter what name we give them, we’re all thinking the same thing: where did the frown lines come from? And, more importantly, what’s the best way to get rid of them?
What Causes Your Frown Lines?
As we mentioned earlier, the number one cause of frown lines is aging. As you get older, your skin loses some of its elasticity. That means it’s harder for your skin to bounce back to its original state. As a result, lines and wrinkles are more likely to stay in place for longer.
Another frequent cause of frown lines is DNA. Genetics play a significant role in your skin type. Some skin types are more receptive to frown lines, while others are more resilient and will withstand wrinkles for longer.
Repeated Facial Expressions
It’s an old myth that frown lines are caused by frowning. In reality, frown lines are created by frequently making any facial expression that causes your eyebrows to furrow. This can include squinting, smiling, and even laughing. Everyone’s face is unique, so different wrinkles form for different people, even when they’re making the same facial expression.
We all know the sun can damage our skin. But did you know sun damage can actually cause frown lines? The sun’s harmful UV rays break down collagen and elastin, two important proteins that keep your skin looking young and beautiful. Without these crucial proteins, it’s easier for frown lines to form.
While stress is never good for your health, it can be especially bad for your skin. Being stressed out can cause you to scrunch your face up repeatedly. And as we mentioned earlier, these repeated facial expressions often lead to frown lines. If that’s not bad enough, stress can also lead to breakouts and irritated skin.
We understand this isn’t breaking news but, in case you haven’t heard, smoking is harmful for your skin. Smoking can cause all sorts of wrinkles, including frown lines.
How To Get Rid Of Forehead Lines
We offer several effective ways to get rid of frown lines:
By injecting neuromodulators (botulinum toxin type A) beneath the surface of your skin, we can reduce the muscle contractions in your face, ultimately smoothing those creases and softening those lines, helping to bring back your youthful skin.
We use both natural and synthetic fillers at Rao Dermatology that produce superior results in combination with our doctors’ skill, technique, experience, and training. Offering Juvederm®, Restylane®, Revanesse, and RADIESSE® dermal fillers, our doctors will assess your skin and recommend the filler best suited to your skin and risk tolerance.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
PRP is an injectable therapy that uses your own blood platelets to rejuvenate your skin. By drawing your blood and spinning it down, we then inject the platelets into your skin to improve texture, links, and wrinkles.
By placing it deeper into areas like your frown lines, PRP can stimulate other cells to create fuller, healthier looking skin. Because PRP uses your own cells and tissues, the side effects are significantly lower than neuromodulators or dermal fillers.
Changes to the skin with PRP are gradual and continue for three to six months and it lasts for about two years.
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