Deep frown lines (Dr Bong calls them ‘the No.11’) make a person look angry even when they are not. Patients hate having deep and etched-in frown lines. Their family and friends always ask “are you upset” or “what is wrong? You look angry”. These questions can get beyond annoying over time. Having deep frown lines can give patients a cranky or negative appearance.
Dr Bong’s unique technique
There is no doubt that today the commonest treatment is muscle relaxing injection with Botox® in the frown area. This is used to either freeze or slow down the muscle movement. In time, because the muscle does not work as regularly, the skin effaces and smooths out.
However, if the No.11 is etched in the skin, then using Botox alone will not be enough to get rid of the lines. Dr Bong’s unique protocol of combining soft tissue filler and Botox in this area is very effective in softening these stubborn lines.
√ Combination of Botox and Fillers for the best results
√ Safe and long lasting results
√ Instant results. Completed in 20 minutes
Consultation and treatment are undertaken by Dr Kieren Bong who is one of Europe’s top cosmetic doctors
The frown lines are genetically determined and also affected by how much we frown. They often run in families. This means some people were born to have minimal frown lines and others were born, destined to have deep vertical crevices between their brows.
The No.11 are facial wrinkles that appear between the eyebrows when a person frowns. As the person ages, years of making facial expressions combined with thinning skin lead to the No.11. Worse still, with persistence and over time, the lines turn into a permanent crease.
This is one of the many reasons why Dr Bong is different from other practitioners. When frown lines are being assessed, an important factor to look for is whether the lines are etched in the skin at rest (i.e. when you are not actively frowning).
If the No.11 is etched in the skin at rest, then using Botox alone to relax the muscles will not be enough to get rid of those lines. Dr Bong’s unique protocol of combining soft tissue filler and Botox is very effective in softening these stubborn lines.
What are my treatment options?
Botox – can help freeze or reduce the movement of frown muscles hence the frown lines which you see when you try to frown are soften. This treatment, when carried out regularly, can also prevent the lines becoming deeper.
Soft tissue dermal filler – this can be injected to fill out or soften these static frown lines. If you can see these lines/creases when you are not actively frowning, soft tissue filler might be the solution, especially when this is carried out in combination with Botox.
Choosing the soft tissue dermal filler
Unlike many practitioners, Dr Bong does not use ‘one-size-fits-all’ polyfiller in this area. Polyfiller may be cheaper but it can cause lumpiness and swelling in this area. The soft tissue filler Dr Bong uses in this area has been exclusively formulated to soften superficial lines and wrinkles. This filler does not cause puffiness or lumps because it does not have any volume or rigidity.
Dr Bong’s unique treatment protocol and choice of soft tissue filler mean both Botox and filler can be carried out in the same visit. We recommend that you repeat your Botox treatment once every 3-4 months to stop you frowning. Persistent frowning can adversely affect the effect and longevity of the soft tissue filler.
Soft tissue fillers are different from Botox. Instead of freezing the underlying muscle, soft tissue fillers fill up bothersome crease i.e. they plump up the wrinkle.
Dr Bong’s Botox treatment is known to start to take effect within 24-48 hours. Soft tissue filler work instantly and the result can last about 9-12 months (provided that you are consistent with your Botox treatment as outlined above).
Will I experience any discomfort during the treatment?
Dr Bong is widely known as ‘Dr Botox Pain Free’ because his Botox injection is virtually pain-free. When it comes to injecting the soft tissue filler in this area, Dr Bong uses the world’s finest hypodermic needle. Our patients describe the level of discomfort being equivalent to ‘squeezing a spot’.
If you wish, topical numbing cream may be applied to the area prior to the treatment. Alternatively, local anaesthetics may be injected into the area. The soft tissue filler contains anaesthetics agent which takes effect within seconds of it being injected.
Many people mistakenly think that soft tissue fillers (commonly known as ‘dermal filler’) are all the same and that it is only about ‘filling the lines’. An effective and safe treatment require skills and experience as outline below.
For effective treatment of the frown lines, the placement of the soft tissue filler (as well as Botox) has to be spot on. If the injections are too deep, the soft tissue filler will not lift the crease. Conversely, if the injection is too superficial, the filler will leak through the pores while injecting. The choice of soft tissue filler and instrument are paramount. In cases where this is proving difficult, we will have to inject from different angles and directions.
Another consideration is that our skin does not like to go from having a deep crease to immediately being smooth. It must be slowly opened up over time, with partial improvements. Often this is the case if the frown lines are deep and have been etched in the skin for many years. This means it can take more than one session of achieve the desired result.
How many treatment sessions do I need?
This depends on the severity of the frown lines and folds. In most cases, our patients require only one session of treatment with soft tissue filler. Generally, men require more than one session. Understandably, this will incur additional costs.
As mentioned above, our skin does not like to go from having a deep crease to immediately being smooth. It must be slowly opened up over time, with partial improvements. Often this is the case if the frown lines are deep and have been etched in the skin for many years. This means it can take more than one session of achieve the desired result. The precise number of sessions and costs for this treatment will be discussed in detail during your face-to-face consultation with Dr Bong.
How will I look after the treatment?
There may be mild redness. The soft tissue filler Dr Bong uses in this area does not cause any noticeable swelling at all. If you chose to have Botox injection in the frown lines at the same time, there may be mild swelling which normally resolves completely within 30 minutes. If many injections are required, sometimes you may notice a few very fine needle marks. This can easily be covered with cosmetic make-up.
What to expect after the treatment?
Soft tissue fillers are different from Botox. Instead of freezing the underlying muscle, soft tissue fillers fill up bothersome crease i.e. they plump up the wrinkle. Dr Bong’s Botox treatment in frown lines is known to start to take effect within 24-48hours. Soft tissue filler works instantly. In other words, you should notice significant improvement in the appearance of the static creases during the treatment.
How long will the result last?
Soft tissue or dermal filler in the frown line seems to behave differently to fillers in other parts of the face. The Botox injection for frown line results generally last around 4-6 months. Provided you are consistent with your Botox injections (every 3-4 months), the result of your soft tissue dermal filler can last up to one year.
The longevity of these treatments is variable and each individual may obtain different result. A plan for regular follow-up treatments to maintain the initial result can be formulated for you. Dr Bong’s unique and sought after treatment protocol provides a long-lasting but not permanent result, leaving you the option of refining your treatment in tune with changing taste and desire.
Why should I have this treatment at Essence Medical Cosmetic Clinic?
Doctor-only treatment. Both your consultation and treatment are personally carried out by Dr Bong. He is a fully qualified cosmetic doctor with extensive knowledge in facial anatomy and practical experience of achieving beautiful yet natural results. We believe in a strong doctor-patient relationship. Both your consultation and treatment will be carried out by Dr Bong. As a consequence, he will understand your individual needs.
Industry’s expert – international speaker and key opinion leader. Our cosmetic doctor, Dr Kieren Bong is widely recognised as the industry’s expert. He is an international trainer and guest speaker on advanced facial aesthetics treatments. He is sought after by manufacturers of different technologies, products and procedures for his advice, technical expertise and knowledge. Dr Bong has been a guest expert speaker at conferences in over 60 countries. He has three advanced techniques trademarked under his name and some of these techniques are now used in over 40 countries.
Our principles. The level of information we give you & our follow up systems to ensure you are satisfied with the results.
Honesty. If it can’t be done, we will tell you. If it can, we will explain the options and help you make the right decision.
We are proud of our reputation for outstanding patient care.
Market leading products. We use only market leading brands in the country with the strongest clinical evidence.
A strong emphasis on after care. What you do after the procedure is as important as the procedure itself. We will guide you through this period and constantly monitor your progress.
What can I expect from my consultation and will I have treatment the same day as my consultation?
You are required to have a face-to-face consultation prior to having this treatment. In the consultation Dr Bong will examine your lips and face in general, focussing on the proportion, shape and contour of your lips. Dr Bong will then offer you a treatment plan and quote you a price. He will also discuss in detail the advantages and limitations of this treatment and the alternatives.
It depends on how long it takes to conclude the consultation, there may not be enough time for you to have the treatment on the same visit. However, if you are travelling from a distance, please do let us know in advance so we can try to accommodate your circumstances.This is not a guarantee but we will do our utmost to accommodate you.
How much does it cost?
This is a unique treatment protocol formulated by Dr Bong, with his many years of expertise and experience carrying out treatment in this area. Unlike many practitioners, Dr Bong does not use ‘one-size-fits-all’ polyfiller in this area. Polyfiller may be cheaper but it can cause lumpiness and swelling in this area. Too deep an injection depth makes the treatment ineffective. Precise injection depth requires skills and experience.
We normally £300 per session with a premium soft tissue filler. This does not include Botox to freeze the muscle.
We charge £110 for Botox in this area (£160 if you are a man, due to the higher volume of Botox required).
In most cases, our patients require only one session of treatment with soft tissue filler. Generally, men require more than one session. Understandably, this will incur additional costs. The precise number of sessions and costs for this treatment will be discussed in detail during your face-to-face consultation with Dr Bong.
What is your booking and cancellation policy?
When we book an appointment for you, we commit that time and our resources to your treatment. This means that, if anyone else wants to come at the same time, we will be unable to see them and will have to offer them an alternative time. If you do not then attend that appointment and either do not tell us in advance or give insufficient notice, we are unable to allocate the time to someone else; however, we still have overheads and staff salaries to pay during the unproductive time.
Deposits and your credit/debit card details
Unlike other clinics, we do not take any advance deposit or booking fee. The only exception is our Ultrasound Facial treatment where a nominal non-refundable deposit of £50 is required because an external skin therapist is being brought in specially to carry out the procedure for you. This deposit will be redeemed against your Ultrasound Facial treatment.
When booking your appointment, you will be asked to provide us your credit/debit card details. This is your confirmation of your commitment to attend your appointment. Please rest assured that no money will be taken from your card and your details will be securely stored but encrypted for your own privacy. We assure you that your details are fully protected and safe with us.
To cancel or reschedule your appointment
We make appointments with the expectation that you will attend at the agreed date & time to undergo your treatment; if you change your mind or work/other commitments prevent you from attending, we ask you to give us a minimum of 48 hours’ notice (excluding Sunday) so that we can reallocate your appointment slot to another customer.
Non-attendance (including late cancellation)
If you do not attend your appointment, or cancel later than the deadlines shown above, we reserve the right to make a charge as follows:
1. Ultrasound Facial: you will forfeit the £50 deposit
2. All other appointments (including consultation): £50 will be charged to your credit/debit card
Please note that, although we normally send text message reminders two days before appointments are due, the successful delivery of these relies on our text provider, your mobile network provider and your phone and cannot therefore be guaranteed.
Therefore, you should not rely on our text messages as the sole reminder of your appointment as we will not be responsible for any appointments missed as a result of non-delivery of the text message reminder, regardless of the reasons for its failure.
I would like more information. Shall I just call your reception and make an appointment?
Yes, absolutely. You will need a consultation with Dr Bong and this is completely free of charge. During the consultation, Dr Bong will discuss in further detail with you what the procedure will entail, design a bespoke treatment approach and address any concerns that you have.
After the consultation – and providing you decide to have the treatment – you will be offered another appointment.
Please call us on 0141-8949098 to schedule an appointment for a consultation.
Facially I think it looks amazing and I am happier than I thought I would be with the results. Amazing what a 30-minute procedure can achieve. I am very thankful that you advised me correctly and made me very happy.
Stuart H, Glasgow
Thank you Kieren for getting rid of my No. 11! I been recommended you to my friends and family. You are the best in your industry and I am glad I found you.