Any wrinkles and lines on the face can be bothersome, but frown lines can be particularly frustrating. Why? Because they make you look grumpy, unhappy, annoyed or irritated when you might be feeling the opposite. If you’ve ever had someone ask you, “What’s wrong?” when you’re feeling perfectly fine, you know how troubling frown lines can be.

What are frown lines?

Frown lines are the wrinkles between your eyebrows. Sometimes called the “11s” or forehead furrows, these lines can begin to appear in your 30s and get worse over time. For those who are especially expressive, the lines can show up earlier and become deeper more quickly.

A popular, if unkind, phrase commonly used to describe the problem frown lines can cause is “RBF,” or resting bitch face. When at rest, meaning you’re listening to someone, daydreaming, walking along the street, grocery shopping and so on, your face looks grouchy, unfriendly or annoyed. But in fact, you’re not. Women who have dealt with this are probably tired of explaining away their expression to people who say they look like an ice queen or who ask, “Are you mad? Cheer up!” when in fact they are content, simply relaxed or not actively smiling.

What can be done about RBF and frown lines?   

Luckily, there is an easy answer to resolve this problem: facial fillers.

Commonly, frown lines are treated with Botox injections to relax the muscles that are causing the wrinkles to appear. However, when used in combination with Botox, fillers can make a huge difference in treating RBF. 

When the muscles between the brows have been acting on the skin for a longer period of time, wrinkles don’t always smooth out completely after a Botox treatment. Once the Botox has reached its maximal effect, if the frown lines are still apparent, a filler can be used.

Depending on which filler you choose and how deep the lines or grooves are between your brows, the results can be quite long lasting.  From the 5-year filler Bellafill to Radiesse, Restylane Lyft or Juvederm Ultra XC, you have a range of options to combine with Botox injections. 

The filler works with the Botox to create a smooth, pleasant but natural appearance. Botox relaxes the muscles, and the filler fills in the lines and grooves to create the final result: no more frown lines, no more irritated expression that doesn’t reflect you.

Call for a consultation with Dr. Reinblatt about what facial fillers can do to give you control again over your expression and appearance. And finally, make those frown lines fully disappear and look younger and happier. 

Goodbye, RBF. Hello, appealing, authentic you!

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