Which injectable procedure should I get for my 11s? (Photo)
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For the number 11s, there are injectables to lessen muscle activity, and also ones to improve volume and skin quality
As you may be aware, the number 11s—also referred to as the glabella or glabellar lines—manifests due to the constant activity of two sets of muscles called the corrugator and the procerus muscle. These are the muscles that engage whenever you furrow your brows when you’re angry, thinking, or concentrating on something, so these muscles get a lot of activity.
Now, back in the 90s, the specialty of oculofacial plastic surgery was one of the first specialties to use Botox to treat benign essential blepharospasm, which is a condition where the eyes are involuntarily and forcibly closed. The corrugator and procerus muscles were very active in these cases. With treatment, it was noticed that with repeat injections, the lines became less deep.
In your case, if you do Botox or Dysport (which are neurotoxins and help relax the muscles), you can certainly go back to work on a Monday without any problems if you have it done on a Friday. At the very least, you’ll be left with only a pinpoint bruise. However, if you consider the long-term result, you may not see a full correction right away.
Keep in mind that it usually takes about 3 days for the muscles to relax, and then 2 more weeks for the peak effect of the Botox. The lines will be less deep, but it won’t mean that they’re gone. If you do this treatment every 3-6 months over the course of 1-2 years, then you'll see really significant improvement because those muscles are no longer continuously contracting.
For patients with deeply creased skin, or deeper facial lines, volume correction is suggested, because when there is an increased indentation in the skin, that means there is a collapse of foundation made up of collagen. We use a hyaluronic acid filler such as Restylane, which we combine with platelet-rich plasma, a material derived from your own blood. This combination adds volume and stimulates collagen growth and blood supply into the injection sites. Keep in mind, however, that the glabella is a sensitive region so it’s important to treat this area every carefully as there have been reported incidents of vascular compromise with injectables.
I hope that was helpful and I wish you the best of luck!
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BOTOX a Classic for 11s
Be sure that you schedule your injections 7 to 10 days before your birthday party or other big event. It takes about that long for your results to emerge. Best of luck, and happy birthday!
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Most importantly, please see an injector with significant experience in treating in this area with the products discussed and who has proven results.
Which injectable procedure should I get for my 11s?
Treatment for the 11s
I would recommend a combination of treatments. The first is to get at the root cause of the 11s. This is best treated with a neuromodulator such as Botox. This will help to prevent these lines from worsening and can soften them. If the lines remain then the second recommendation is some material to fill in that area such as Juvederm. You do need to be more careful with filler injections in this area as there is a risk of losing skin if too much is injected. Make sure you find an experienced injector to minimize this risk and it may take several treatments to get the result you want (instead of a large volume at once because that increases the risk of skin loss). The biggest risk of either treatment is bruising which may affect your look on Monday. Otherwise the risks are fairly minimal. They should be discussed with your injector after a complete history is obtained regarding any medical issues you may have.
I hope this helps and good luck.
Botox For Dynamic Wrinkles; Filler For Static Wrinkles
In the early stages of wrinkle development, such as in your case with the eleven lines at only 37 years of age, suppressing the hypermobility of the glabella area muscles with a neuromodulator (such as Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin) is usually all that is needed to achieve a significant improvement. At later stages, after etched-in lines have formed, the subsequent addition of a filler may be needed.
I have been injecting Botox for eleven lines (its original, first aesthetic use) for nearly a quarter of a century and glabella static lines for well over three decades, since the early days of its treatment with the original Zyderm I collagen filler. Both procedures, even if needed to be performed during the same treatment session, typically engender little downtime. Make sure to consult with a board certified aesthetic physician with experience and expertise in the use of neuromodulators and injectable fillers. Also ask to see his/her before and after photos.
Which injectable procedure should I get for my 11s?
Treating 11's / frown lines
Botox or Dysport
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