Facing the Furrows on Your Face

As we age, all kinds of lines and wrinkles can show up on our faces. Just to name a few, we’ve got marionette lines – the wrinkles from the corners of the mouth down to the chin – and “parentheses” – the wrinkles from the corners of the nose down to the mouth. One of the areas of wrinkling that bothers my patients the most is right between the eyebrows, where vertical lines can appear that make a person look angry or upset.

Several treatment options exist for these furrows between the brows, technically known as glabellar lines.

  • Non-surgical: Probably the most frequent treatment I perform for glabellar lines at my Walnut Creek area practice is BOTOX® Cosmetic. BOTOX is designed to reduce wrinkles caused by facial movement (dynamic wrinkles) – and that’s exactly what glabellar lines are. Injected between the eyebrows, BOTOX relaxes the muscles that contract to cause frowns, scowls or other facial expressions. But don’t worry, in the hands of a skilled injector, BOTOX won’t eliminate your ability to show a full range of facial expressions.
  • Surgery: Unlike BOTOX (which offers only temporary results), a surgical brow lift, sometimes called a forehead lift, could provide long-lasting improvement. I perform my brow lift procedures with an endoscope, using small incisions and tiny instruments to reposition the forehead skin and underlying tissue from beneath. This results in a more youthful appearance.

Enjoying Smoother Skin

BOTOX actually has many uses beyond glabellar lines, and the other injectable treatments I offer at my practice are often used to address “parentheses” and marionette lines. The truth is, injectable treatments can provide a very natural-looking freshening of the complexion. So whether those lines between your brows or some other lines, wrinkles or folds are weighing you down, help is available with the advanced treatments offered today.

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