Vertical lines between the eyebrows are produced by repetitive folding over of the skin from contraction of muscles underneath this area. The muscles literally squeeze out the collagen under the skin, resulting in deeper and deeper lines.
These lines are known casually by various names, including scowl lines, frown lines, and 11s. Despite the anatomy of the area being standard in most people, variations in the strength of these muscles can cause different patterns of lines between the eyebrows.
At Maine Laser Skin Care, when we assess the face, we have the client actively make a mad face (i.e. intentionally scowl or frown). We then observe the relative strength and location of the two main frowned muscles.
Botox is the treatment of choice in this area. It relaxes the muscles and, as a result, allows the vertical lines to flatten out over time.
Botox doses for scowl lines can range from 15 to 40 units, with men and chronic scowlers (e.g. parents of small children) frequently requiring the higher doses. On average, a typical starting Botox dose is 20 units.
Many people are shocked to find out that Botox has only been FDA-approved in the United States for 20 years. With decades of Botox experience at Maine Laser Skin Care, we can skillfully deliver Botox to your scowl lines and help you look less angry, tired and stressed (even if you are).
As always, we offer free consultations in which we can discuss how we can help your needs and to achieve your goals. Call our Scarborough office at (207) 303-0125 or our Augusta office at (207) 873-2158 to schedule yours today. As noted in our motto, our aim is to “beautify Maine one face (and body) at a time.”