Glabellar lines are those pesky parallel lines that pop up in between the eyebrows. Also sometimes called “11 lines” or “elevens,” these lines tend to be among the first signs of aging on the face. If you’ve noticed that your glabellar lines are starting to become more noticeable, you may be wondering what kind of treatments are out there. In this post, we’re answering that question by sharing the top treatments for glabellar lines. Before we take an in depth look at these treatments, we’ll also talk a bit about what causes these lines, which will help you understand how these treatments work.
What are Glabellar Lines and What Causes Them?
Glabellar lines are also known as “elevens” or “11 lines” because these parallel wrinkles look like an “11” that rests between the brows. They are dynamic wrinkles caused by repetitively moving the face with the glabellar muscles, which are the muscles around your eyebrows and in your forehead. When you frown, scowl, or furrow your brows for any reason (like when concentrating), the face creates these “11” lines. When you’re younger, the skin will bounce back after furrowing the brow and look smooth once the brow is relaxed. However, as we age and our skin starts to lose firmness and elasticity, these lines can start to become more permanent.
When these lines first start to appear when the face is at rest, they can be faint or hard to notice. Then, with continued repetitive motion (and continued collagen loss due to aging), these lines may start to deepen and become more noticeable.
The Top Treatments For Glabellar Lines
Whether faint or deep, there are several excellent non-surgical treatment options that can help smooth them away with just a quick visit to the med spa. Next, we’ll talk more about these treatments as we share the top three med spa treatments for glabellar lines.
Glabellar lines are caused by repetitively moving your glabellar muscles when you furrow your brow. Dysport is an injectable treatment that can help to relax these muscles, stopping glabellar lines from worsening and smoothing your existing glabellar lines.
Dysport is a non-invasive injectable treatment that is made of botulinum toxin. When Dysport is injected into the muscles, it causes them to relax and stops you from moving them. Dysport can prevent the creation or deepening of glabellar lines by stopping those repetitive motions that cause them to pop up in the first place. Additionally, the way that Dysport relaxes the muscles can cause existing glabellar lines to soften. So, Dysport can both help you avoid creating glabellar lines and help treat existing glabellar lines.
Dysport is a quick treatment (it takes only around 10 minutes) that requires no downtime. The full results of Dysport will appear between 2 days and two weeks after your treatment, and these results last for around 3 to 4 months.
Botox, another non-invasive injectable made from botulinum toxin, can treat glabellar lines much like Dysport can. Botox can also relax the glabellar muscles, stopping glabellar lines from worsening and smoothing existing glabellar lines. Also like Dysport, a Botox treatment takes around 10 minutes, requires no downtime, and lasts for around 3 to 4 months.
So, if Botox and Dysport are similar treatments, is one better than the other for glabellar lines? Generally, we would say that there isn’t a better treatment for glabellar lines across the board. However, there may be a better option for you and your unique body. Botox and Dysport work similarly but they have a slightly different makeup that can make one work better over the other for certain individuals.
At the Z Center for Cosmetic Health, Dr. Zadeh personally administers all injectable treatments and has a consultation appointment with each patient before treating them. At your consultation appointment, Dr. Zadeh can examine your glabellar lines, listen to your cosmetic concerns, learn more about your health history, and help you decide whether Botox or Dysport would be the best treatment for your glabellar lines.
Dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane (hyperlink), and Belotero (hyperlink) are non-invasive injectable fillers made of hyaluronic acid. When injected into the skin, these fillers can add volume, smoothing out wrinkles.
The Juvederm (Volbella, Vollure), Restylane (Silk, Refyne), and Belotero family of fillers can be a good treatment option for those who have deeper glabellar lines that are not fully smoothed by Botox or Dysport. While Botox and Dysport can both relax the muscles, which helps prevent them from worsening and smoothes 11 lines, sometimes deep or stubborn lines can remain even after a Botox or Dysport treatment. In this case, Dr. Zadeh sometimes recommends that a patient also use fillers to fully smooth out the glabellar line area.
It’s important to note that while fillers can fill and smooth these lines, they do not stop them from worsening. Fillers fills the skin, but do not stop muscle movement like Botox or Dysport would. Because of this, many patients use a combination of fillers and either Botox and Dysport. This combination can both stop glabellar lines from worsening and smooth the appearance of deeper glabellar lines.
If you would like to try Juvederm, Restylane, or Belotero for your glabellar lines, please note that you should only go to a highly skilled and experienced physician for this treatment. It takes a high level of skill to correctly administer fillers to the area, since this area contains several important nerves and arteries. Poorly done filler injections for these lines can lead to infection or skin loss in the area. Dr. Zadeh is an expert provider of Juvederm, Restylane, and Belotero. He has years of experience providing fillers for 11 lines. Dr. Zadeh’s intimate knowledge and understanding of the facial anatomy enables him to provide precise injections that give beautiful and natural results, while also avoiding treatment complications.
Ready to try Dysport, Botox, or Fillers to banish your 11 lines? Make a consultation appointment at the Z Center for Cosmetic Health today.
Dr. Michael Zadeh is a Board Certified Surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Zadeh’s accomplishments in the field of Surgery and Non-Surgical Aesthetics along with his commitment to superior patient care have made him a winner of multiple awards and honors.