Alternatives to botox for the "11" wrinkles between eyebrows?
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Wrinkles between eyebrows
Instead of Botox for the 11's
Certainly Botox has the longest history for erasing those mid brow frown lines. Proper injection makes a big difference and most experienced injectors seldom see any lid drooping (used to be more common before the injection techniques were changed).
But it IS a toxin and if the idea of that is disturbing, then your options are reduced. But, before Botox there was - and still is - a little product called Frownies that theoretically trains you not to frown. The stiff paper is glued to the skin and makes muscle contraction more difficult while wearing it. Obviously best used at home alone or when you sleep but it's usually day events that have your frown going. Does that take the place of Botox? Certainly not, but it's something you could try if you want to go the completely noninvasive route.
Other options might be to consciously relax - place a mirror at your desk to check your frown activity and every so often stop what you are doing and close your eyes. Literally TELL yourself to relax and to stop frowning.
There is a topical product in FDA trials that is developed for the crows feet. That would eliminate injections in that area but won't address the glabellar muscle that gives you the 11's.
Fillers alone probably won't be the best option since you'd still be contracting muscles and creating the lines.
Frowning is a habit and like any habit, requires some conscious effort to change.
Fillers and implants are good alternatives to botox for frown 11 lines.
The frown lines between the eyebrows often need both botox and fillers for the best results. Permanent implants do good in this area as well as temp. fillers. Sincerely, David Hansen,MD
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Alternatives to Botox for 11s
The two alternatives that Dr. Weiner notes are indeed those I would discuss as well. ThermiRase I have concerns with at this point only because it's NOT as temporary as Botox so any issues could be longer-term should you have any. Frotox is still not used in the states, but is in studies for approval. Most issues with Botox have to do with people selecting non-qualified injectors or looking for a "deal" rather than experience. Millions of people have been treated safely with Botox, for over a decade. If you seek a good, experienced injector, any issues should be negligible.
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I really wouldn't worry about Botox in the "11's" but there are alternatives, ThermiRase and Frotox.
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