Frown Lines Still Visible After Botox

I received 40 units of Botox in my frown lines in mid-February, but I can still frown a bit. Do you think that the Botox was not reconstituted properly?

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Frown lines after Botox

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Frown lines can still be slightly visible after Botox. This is done to prevent that "frozen" look that can look unnatural. If you want a more aggressive treatment, please talk to your injector.

Botox works great for frown lines...but it often doesn't completely eliminate

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all movement...there are plenty of muscles that control facial movement...only a few are injected with botox...but you should look much more relaxed after a week or so and remain so until the botox begins to wear off in several's always good to have some really don't want to look frozen...that look is want some expression to look more natural...the reconstitution isn't an's how many units and where they were placed...assuming the dose was 40 units divided between your glabella (between the eyes) and forehead....that's a perfect dose for the average female and smaller male...

Ken Landow, MD
Las Vegas Dermatologist

Botox and frowning

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You may not be able to totally stop all frowning with Botox, just minimize the movement.  You may require filler to plump up the area and then maintain the effect with Botox every 4 months or so.

Martie Gidon, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologist

Botox requirement are different for different people

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Botox requirements are different for different people. 40 units is usually a good amount for the glabella to prevent frown lines. It is important to remember that Botox works by paralyzing the underlying muscles to help prevent wrinkles of the overlying skin. Botox does not work on static wrinkles - that is, wrinkles that are present at rest. For these wrinkles, you may need dermal fillers to help "push out" the wrinkles. Over time, with continued use of Botox, the dermal atrophy causing static wrinkles will resolve to some extent and you will start to see some resolution of the static wrinkles as well. Good luck.

Recheck with your Botox specialist

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40 units for the "frown" is more than usually needed. Seems like the Botox was used to help you with your strong frowns.

You may need some filler if the crevices are fixed. Juvederm or Restylane can work very well for this. However, these are off label uses and the rest of the filler could be used in your nasolabial folds.

You may have an unusual configuration of your corrugator and procerus muscles. The Botox may need to be spread out more and not placed in a concentrated area of your frown.

You may need very small amounts of Botox placed laterally in your brow where the muscles can "recruit" and keep up frowning activity.

Go in for a recheck and most likely it will be simple. You may be able to get the same effect with less Botox spread out more anatomically.

Botox but frown lines still visible

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Hello Grays,

Your question is not an easy one to answer, as there are at least a handful of variables to consider, including the reconstitution of Botox. These include your muscle bulk, location of injections, previous Botox injections in the area, etc. Were you able to make a frown at the peak of action of the Botox?

We take a conservative approach, so as to avoid the "done/frozen" look. I perform touch-ups as needed, when our patients come in for their 2 week follow-up evaluation.

I encourage you to speak with you injector if you see a similar effect at about 2 weeks after your next round of injections.

Good Luck!

Botox and Persistent Frown Lines After 40 Units of Botox

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Hi grays,

As they say, not enough information.

There are many variables including dilution, time since dilution, placement, and strength of your frowning muscles. It is best to discuss with your injecting physician.

Next treatment, check out how you are doing at about 2 weeks after your injections, then if you are dissatisfied you can return to your injector for a touch up. Our office does the touch up for cost or about 5 to 6 dollars per unit.

Good luck and be well.

Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
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