How to Remove Frown Lines

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frown lines can appear early in life, especially if you squint a lot or otherwise frown when trying to focus your vision or avoiding light. Frown lines can become deep over time, so treat them early for best results. While anti-aging creams and good sunscreen protection can help with very fine lines, you probably need a more active approach to completely remove frown lines.

Get a face cream that contains a retinoid (such as Retin-A) or alphahydroxy acids (AHAs). You can find these over-the-counter or ask your doctor for a prescription if you need a stronger product. Deep frown lines will need regular daily applications for at least a few months before results can be seen. Retinoids can make skin red and sensitive, so it’s important that you protect it from the sun.

Try absorbable injectable fillers. These are made from a variety of materials, including human and bovine-based collagen, as well as synthetic injectables. Juvederm and Restylane are two fillers approved by the FDA. Fillers are used to literally fill the frown lines, causing the wrinkles to disappear. Effects last six months or more, and then a new application will be necessary.

Talk to your doctor about Botox. When applied to the frown lines, Botox can help most wrinkles become basically invisible about 30 days after application. Results last an average of four months but can vary depending on your skin and the depth of the lines.

Look into dermabrasion or chemical peels. Both work by removing the upper layer of the skin, and with it the wrinkles and skin discoloration that come with aging. Depending on whether the doctor is using a softer or stronger chemical or sander, you might need several treatments before the frown lines completely disappear. Redness, swelling and pain are common side effects.