Will Botox Between the Brows Cause Bunny Lines?

I've read in celebrity gossip mags that really visible bunny lines can be a result of Botox between the eyebrows. Best example is Nicole Kidman.

Is this really true? Do your nose muscles overcompensate when you "freeze" the muscles between your brows? I don't want the "11s," but I don't want to increase wrinkles elsewhere, either.

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Botox and bunny lines

In general, Botox doesn't cause new lines to form but if you or your muscles are still trying to make certain expressions new muscles and areas may be recruited to do so.  Sometimes lines on the nose are already there but when the areas surrounding them become smoother and less noticeable we become heightenedly aware of other areas we may not have noticed before.  If the bunny lines become bothersome, they are easily treated with a bit of Botox as well.  Many people contract the muscles of the nose as part of regular facial expressions, smiling or squinting--it is definitely not a tell tale sign of Botox.

Dr. Grant Stevens

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Bunny Lines from Botox?

Muscles forming Bunny Lines are different action than ones causing the 11 between brows so should injection of one should not cause the others to form.  One can precisely inject small quantity of Botox/Dysport into the bunny lines to reduce the wrinkles. 

Bunny lines

Many people are unaware of their bunny lines until they have a smooth forehead and smooth crows feet.
The botox did not cause the problem, but rather it did such a good job fixing some lines that those that remain are more noticeable.

Jean Keamy, MD
Westborough Ophthalmologist
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Botox and Bunny Lines

Botox may not increase the incidence of bunny lines but when the muscles that cause these bunny lines are the only ones functioning they become more obvious.  They too can be treated with appropriately placed injections of Botox.  Consult a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facial injections and can address all of your concerns. 

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Can happen

Some patients find that by treating the glabellar region, or “11”, other muscles start to compensate for the diminished movement in that area, for example, the bunny lines region. 

Will Botox Between the Brows Cause Bunny Lines

Botox itself does not cause bunny lines. If bunny lines are visible those can be treated with Botox as well. Best to consult with your local Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to discuss your Botox plans and aethesitc goals. Thank you for sharing your question. Best wishes.

Gregory Park, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Must admit with or without bunny lines Nicole Kidman is beautiful...

botox doesn't cause lines...but may make muscle contraction more obvious when the surrounding muscles are relaxed and the skin is smooth...sort of like bright headlights...no honks in the day with the sun out but lots of angry oncoming drivers at night...another explanation is the body overcompensating by activating muscles near the ones that don't move...in any event, bunny lines are easily treated with a few units of properly place botox...

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Botox will not cause bunny lines

Botox itself will not create bunny lines but it can make those that occur naturally more prominent since the treated areas are smooth.  Atlanta Plastic Surgeon Dr. Z

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
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Bunny lines with Botox

These horizontal nasal lines, as seen in your picture of Nicole Kidman, are not caused by Botox but may be rendered more noticeable when the glabellar region is treated because of surrounding recruitment of muscles of animation.  I often inject a small amount of Botox into the procerus muscles on either side of the upper nose at the same time as the corrugator treatment if there is evidence of hyperactivity in this region causing a horizontal rhytid.  You can be easily treated by an experienced physician injector to resolve your "11's" without worrying about causing bunny lines.

 Best Regards,

Jacque P. LeBeau, MD

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Botox cause of bunny lines?

The muscles in the area may be recruited to move the face.  More likely, the lines were always there, but are now more noticeable.  Botox can treat bunny lines when placed properly.  Best to seek out an experienced and well trained injector.   

Jeffrey J. Roth, MD, FACS
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