top of page
Frown Lines Cover Image

Get Rid of Frown Lines with Botulinum Toxin

Are you bothered by those pesky frown lines that seem to have taken up permanent residence on your face? Do you want a quick and effective solution to smooth out those wrinkles and make your skin look younger and refreshed? Botulinum Toxin might be just what you need.

Botulinum Toxin, commonly known as Botox, is a popular cosmetic treatment that can help reduce the appearance of frown lines, forehead wrinkles, and crow's feet. In this guide, we will explore how Botulinum Toxin works, its benefits and risks, and what to expect during and after the treatment.

What are Frown Lines?

Frown lines are the vertical lines that appear between the eyebrows when you frown or concentrate. They are also known as glabellar lines and can become more prominent with age, sun exposure, and repetitive facial expressions. These lines are caused by the contraction of the muscles between the eyebrows, which creates a fold in the skin. Frown lines can give a person a tired or angry appearance, and many people seek treatment to reduce their appearance.

How Does Botulinum Toxin Work?

Botulinum Toxin is a neurotoxin that blocks nerve signals to the muscles, temporarily relaxing them and reducing their ability to contract. When injected into the facial muscles that cause frown lines, Botulinum Toxin can smooth out the wrinkles and create a more youthful appearance.

Benefits of Botulinum Toxin for Frown Lines

Botulinum Toxin is a safe and effective treatment for frown lines that offers many benefits, including:

  • Reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines: Botulinum Toxin works by temporarily relaxing the muscles that cause frown lines, thereby reducing their appearance and giving a smoother and more youthful appearance.

  • Non-surgical: Botulinum Toxin is a non-surgical treatment option, making it a popular choice for those who want to improve their appearance without undergoing surgery.

  • Little to no downtime: After the treatment, most patients are able to resume their normal activities immediately, with little to no downtime.

  • Long-lasting results: The effects of Botulinum Toxin typically last for several months, and many patients choose to have follow-up treatments to maintain their results.

  • Customizable treatment: Botulinum Toxin treatments can be customized to meet the individual needs of each patient. This means that the treatment can be tailored to target specific areas of the frown lines, depending on the patient's unique concerns and goals.

  • Improved overall appearance: Reducing the appearance of frown lines can improve the overall appearance of the face, giving a more youthful and refreshed look.

Risks of Botulinum Toxin for Frown Lines

Like any medical procedure, Botulinum Toxin has some risks and side effects. These may include:

  • Allergic reactions: Some people may have an allergic reaction to Botulinum Toxin, which can cause symptoms such as itching, swelling, and difficulty breathing.

  • Muscle weakness: In rare cases, Botulinum Toxin can cause muscle weakness, which can affect the ability to move the muscles around the treated area. This typically resolves within a few weeks after treatment.

  • Drooping eyelids or eyebrows: Botulinum Toxin can sometimes cause temporary drooping of the eyelids or eyebrows, which can affect vision or appearance. This typically resolves within a few weeks after treatment.

  • Headaches: Some people may experience headaches after Botulinum Toxin treatment, although these are usually mild and go away on their own.

  • Nausea: Some people may experience nausea after Botulinum Toxin treatment, although this is also usually mild and goes away on its own.

  • Bruising or swelling: Bruising or swelling may occur at the injection site, although this is typically mild and resolves within a few days.

What to Expect During and After Botulinum Toxin Treatment

Before the treatment, your practitioner will discuss your medical history and aesthetic goals and examine your frown lines to determine the appropriate dose and injection sites. The injections are administered using a fine needle, and you may feel a slight pinch or stinging sensation.

After the treatment, you may experience some mild swelling or bruising, but this should subside within a few days. You should avoid touching or rubbing the treated area and avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours. You should also avoid lying down for four hours after the treatment to prevent the Botulinum Toxin from migrating to other areas.

Botulinum Toxin is a safe and effective treatment for frown lines that can help you achieve a more youthful and refreshed appearance. With proper care and maintenance, you can enjoy the benefits of this treatment for months to come. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out if Botulinum Toxin is right for you.

Results for Frown Lines 

  • How long does treatment take?
    To enhance your comfort during injection sessions, Teoxane has introduced the Teosyal® PureSense line, which incorporates lidocaine as an integrated anaesthetic, ensuring a more comfortable experience throughout the procedure.
  • Can everyone have a Teoxane treatment?
    At your consultation your Appearance Medicine Provider will be able to assess if you are a candidate for treatment with Teoxane.
  • How painful is the treatment?
    To enhance your comfort during injection sessions, Teoxane has introduced the Teosyal® PureSense line, which incorporates lidocaine as an integrated anaesthetic, ensuring a more comfortable experience throughout the procedure.
  • Can Teoxane be combined with other products?
    Teoxane should not be injected into an implant or where another Hyaluronic acid has been placed. As the Teoxane range caters for different indications or treatment needs there is no reason two or more fillers from the range cannot be used in different areas of the face.
  • How is Teoxane administered?
    After a full consult discussing the areas that need to be addressed, using either a cannula or fine needle, the pre-filled syringe is injected into the areas needing treatment, filling wrinkles, adding volume to enhance or shape the face or lips.
  • What is Teoxane?
    Teoxane is a full range of injectable dermal fillers designed that are made of biodegradable hyaluronic acid that are free from animal products. Aimed at providing natural-looking results, the Teoxane range is designed to "Inject more Beauty into your life”
  • How long do the effects of treatment last?
    Anywhere from 9-22 months depending on the type of Teosyal® used in the areas treated. Top ups are sometimes needed as Teosyal® gel is only a temporally agent that is broken down by the body over time.
  • Clinical evidence on efficacy and safety of Teosyal®
    Teoxane prides its fundamental principles on satisfying the forever demanding market by ongoing development of innovative products of the highest quality and safety standards. With cutting-edge innovation Teosyal® RHA range HA gel has very high standards and is specifically developed by the R&D department to move with expressions and movements of the face. Clinicians around the world can now benefit from these amazing resilient gels.
  • What is Teoxane made of?
    Hyaluronic acid gel which is a component that we naturally produce in our bodies. This component keeps our skin looking youthful by retaining water, plumping and softening the skin.
  • Does the treatment hurt?
    Typically, a mild, localised anaesthetic is administered to minimise or often eliminate any discomfort associated with this particular treatment. The anaesthetic helps numb the area, ensuring a more comfortable experience. The duration of the numbing effects may vary, lasting anywhere from 15 minutes to a couple of hours, depending on the specific type of anaesthetic utilised. It is worth noting that there are no reports of pain experienced after the procedure has been completed.
  • What can I expect after my treatment?
    After receiving Radiesse® treatments, patients can resume their regular activities immediately. The results are typically noticeable with significant improvement in wrinkles, enhanced lips, or smoothed-out depressed scars. It is common for the treatment site to experience mild swelling, which usually subsides within 24 to 36 hours, varying depending on the treated area. Some minimal bruising may occur at the injection site, but it is typically temporary and minor.
  • What is Radiesse?
    FDA has approved Radiesse and Radiesse (+) as dermal fillers to even out moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, including nasolabial folds (the lines that stretch from the edge of the nose to the edge of the mouth). Additionally, Radiesse is utilised to correct the loss of volume in the back of the hands.
  • How is a treatment with Radiesse performed?
    A brief procedure involving injecting Radiesse under the skin can be completed during the lunch hour.
  • How long does Radiesse last?
    The benefits of Radiesse® dermal filler typically last between 6 to 24 months, and this duration can vary depending on multiple factors. These factors encompass the specific treatment area, the quantity of product administered, the severity of the cosmetic concerns being addressed, the technique used during the filler application, and the individual's genetic predisposition. For an estimation of the expected duration of results, it is crucial to undergo a comprehensive examination conducted by an experienced appearance medicine professional. They will carefully evaluate the unique characteristics and requirements of the patient, taking into account the aforementioned factors. This personalised assessment will provide a more accurate understanding of how long the benefits of Radiesse® are likely to endure for that particular individual. It is important to note that the duration of results can vary from person to person, and it is highly recommended to seek consultation from a qualified professional for an accurate evaluation of your specific case.
  • What areas can be treated with Radiesse®?
    Radiesse® injections are commonly used for a variety of purposes, offering a range of benefits. These injections are typically performed to address the following concerns: Smoothing and contouring smile lines or nasolabial folds: Radiesse® can effectively reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines around the mouth, including smile lines or nasolabial folds. Treating wrinkles at the corner of the mouth: Radiesse® injections are suitable for diminishing wrinkles and lines that form at the corners of the mouth, helping to restore a more youthful look. Improving certain types of acne scars: Radiesse® has been found to be effective in improving the appearance of specific types of acne scars, resulting in smoother skin texture. Correcting facial defects or recessions: Radiesse® can be used to address facial defects or areas with decreased volume, helping to create a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing facial contour. Restoring volume in and around various areas such as cheeks, back of the hands, neck, and upper arms: Radiesse® injections are commonly employed to restore lost volume in different regions, including the cheeks, back of the hands, neck, and upper arms, leading to a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. Enhancing or correcting asymmetrical features in a modest manner: Radiesse® can be used to enhance or correct asymmetrical features, providing subtle improvements for a more harmonious facial appearance. Moreover, Radiesse® has proven effective in non-surgical nose reshaping, chin augmentation, and liquid facelifts. These applications offer non-invasive alternatives for individuals seeking aesthetic enhancements without undergoing surgery. It is important to note that individual results may vary, and a consultation with an experienced professional is recommended to determine the suitability and expected outcomes of Radiesse® injections for your specific needs.
  • What are the side effects of Radiesse?
    Bruising, redness, swelling, pain, and itching at the injection site are typical side effects of Radiesse or Radiesse (+). To obtain a more extensive list of side effects for Radiesse or Radiesse (+), please consult the patient information guides available here:
  • Where can I get more information about Radiesse?
    Book in for a consultation with Aesthetic Nurse Jarnah @ the Aesthetics Collective and we can discuss all your concerns and answer any questions you may have.
  • How many treatments will I need?
    Following Radiesse® treatments, patients can promptly resume their normal activities without any downtime. The outcomes are typically evident, showcasing notable enhancements in wrinkles, enhanced lips, or the smoothing of depressed scars. Mild swelling at the treatment site is common, and it generally diminishes within 24 to 36 hours, with the duration varying based on the specific area treated. Some minimal bruising might occur at the injection site, but it is usually temporary and of minor significance.
  • How soon will I see results with Radiesse?
    Radiesse helps to instantly even out lines and wrinkles upon injection, resulting in natural-looking outcomes that persist for a year or more in numerous patients.
  • How does Profhilo® work?
    Unlike traditional approaches that focus solely on filling wrinkles, Profhilo® employs a unique slow-release mechanism of HA. This stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, leading to improvements in skin tone, hydration, and the reduction of fine lines. The outcome is enhanced skin quality that can last between 6 to 9 months. Due to its hydrophilic nature, Hyaluronic Acid (HA) in Profhilo® possesses the ability to attract and retain water from within your body. As a result, Profhilo® functions as a remarkable hydrator rather than a conventional filler. This makes it an excellent choice for individuals with fatigued and lacklustre skin, as it rejuvenates and revitalises, leaving behind a firm and radiant complexion. This transformative effect becomes noticeable within 3-5 days following treatment. Over the subsequent weeks, the production of collagen and elastin is stimulated, leading to an additional tightening effect on the skin. This is particularly valuable because as we age, the levels of collagen, elastin, and Hyaluronic Acid in the skin decline rapidly from the age of 30, resulting in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dull skin. Profhilo® effectively works to counteract these changes and reverse their effects. The maximum impact of Profhilo® typically emerges 2 to 3 months after the second treatment, delivering optimal outcomes.
  • What can I expect after treatment?
    After undergoing a Profhilo® treatment, the associated downtime is minimal, allowing you to resume your regular "light" daily activities immediately following the procedure. However, we advise refraining from engaging in physically strenuous activities or sports on the first day after treatment, as well as minimising sauna usage and steamy baths for the initial few days. Additionally, it is recommended to avoid prolonged exposure to intense sunlight or UV light for the first few days post-treatment. Subsequent Consultation We highly recommend scheduling a complimentary follow-up appointment two weeks after your treatment to assess and discuss the personalised outcomes of your procedure.
  • What is Profhilo®?
    Profhilo® is an injectable treatment designed for skin remodelling, featuring one of the highest concentrations of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) available in the market. It is specifically formulated to address the volume and elasticity concerns of individuals with depleted skin.
  • What can I expect during treatment?
    Profhilo® is administered through injections positioned just beneath the surface of the skin, typically performed in two sessions spaced 4 weeks apart, as recommended. Upon injection, it quickly disperses within the skin, enhancing hydration without requiring massage and minimising the risk of lumps or nodules. Profhilo® is absorbed within a radius of approximately 2 cm from the injection site, necessitating around 10 injection points to effectively address the entire face. A single course of Profhilo® treatment imparts a radiant glow to the skin, often leading to the disappearance of fine lines and a noticeable improvement in skin smoothness and firmness. To maintain these results or as advised during your consultation, a course of two treatments can be repeated every six months as needed.
  • How does Xeomin® work?
    Just like other Botulinum Toxins by preventing the nerves from communicating with the muscles so that muscles cannot contract and cause wrinkles. On a more chemical level when Xeomin® is injected into your muscle it blocks the release of acetylcholine in which stimulates the messages from the nerve terminals that cause the muscles to contract. This results in relaxation of the muscle injected with a decrease in ability to forcefully contract.
  • What is the difference between Xeomin® and Botox®?
    Xeomin® does not have to be refrigerated so this makes it easy to distribute- no cold storage needed until it is mixed. Xeomin® is manufactured through Merz who have taken the naturally C. botulinum that produces the toxin associated with accessory proteins (toxin complex), isolated the therapeutic component through the manufactory process, and removed the accessory proteins with the results ending with an amazing product-Xeomin®. Xeomin® just contains botulinum toxin type A only without any preservatives or additives, lessening the likelihood that you will develop antibodies. Not all toxins are the same, and Xeomin® dosages will be different from other botulinum toxins. Xeomin® effects are noticeable from 1-2 weeks post treatment and can last from 3-6months. This is different for Botox® and other brands Botulinum Toxin. It is also important to note that these different types of Botulinum Toxin should not be used interchangeably. Something to be aware of when changing practitioners.
  • Botulinum Toxin Treatment with Xeomin®
    Xeomin® is named the purest on the market when it comes to Botulinum Toxin, with no complex proteins around the outside making it less likely you will create a strong immune response. Immune reactions can be triggered if the botulinum toxin is less pure.
  • What areas can be treated with Xeomin®?
    Frown lines Forehead lines Smile lines Crows Feet Sweaty Armpits/Hyperhydrosis Other Areas: At Aesthetics Collective we are a nurse-led clinic that operates under the NZ Medical Council rules which means that advertising of areas other than the frown, forehead, crows feet and hyperhidrosis is not permitted under the Therapeautic Advertising Regulations. If you have heard of other commonly treated areas with Botox treatments but cannot see them mentioned on Aesthetics Collective website please contact our team for further information. As a collective that values continual learning and education in advanced injecting we are happy to explain and inform you about advanced techniques when you come and see us in our clinic.

Still have questions? ​

Book today for a free 30-minute consultation to see if appearance medicine is right for you

Please take the time to read our Botulinum Toxin Type A page as this informs you of the contraindications and side-effects of these treatments. Botulinum Toxin is a medicine and must be treated as such, only to be injected by a Registered Medical Professional.

BOTOX® is a prescription medicine containing 100 units of Clostridium Botulinum Type A toxin complex for injection. It is used for the treatment of severe frown lines and associated ‘crow’s feet’ around the eyes. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Talk to your specialists about the benefits/risks of this procedure in appearance medicine. Cautions: people with neuro-muscular transmission disorders, presence of infection at site of injection, pregnancy and lactation. Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning sensation or redness at injection site, temporary local muscle weakness including eyelid droop, decreased sensation and nausea. If you have side effects or concerns, talk to your doctor. A charge applies. Allergan Pharmaceutical, Auckland.


XEOMIN® is a prescription medicine containing 50, 100 LD50 Units of clostridium botulinum Type A toxin complex for injection. It is used for the treatment of frown lines on the forehead in adults. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Talk to your specialist about the benefits/risks of this procedure in appearance medicine. Xeomin® treatment lasts about four months and further courses of treatment may be necessary. Cautions: Generalised disorders of muscle activity; Infection or inflammation at the proposed injection sites, pregnancy and lactation. Possible side effects: headache, pain, swelling or infection at injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eye lids, lack of feeling & nausea. You will need to pay for this medicine. Discuss with your specialist if Xeomin is right for you.

For more information or for a copy of CMI please contact the NZ distributor: NZMS Ltd: 2a Fisher Crescent, Mt Wellington, Auckland, Ph 09 259 4062. TAPS NA7621.

bottom of page