How Do You Fix the Cresent Shaped Rhytides Above the Lateral Brow?

I have seen friends who have these after getting 11's and center of forehead treated with Botox. My friend who has never had Botox (younger) has a smooth center, but wrinkles over her lateral brow when she raises her forehead.

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Extra forehead wrinkles after Botox

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When a patient is being evaluated during a Botox treatment, I watch their expressions during our conversation.

If I see a patient that at baseline uses their lateral eyebrows a lot, I know they are at risk of developing a little rhytides over the lat brow. Depending on their eyebrow position, I will usually inject a small amount of Botox over the lateral brow at the same time that I inject their glabella. It is a balancing act, as the other physician's have noted because if you over inject the lateral eyebrow, the brow can flatten or droop and that would be undesirable.

I document the height above the lateral brow where I inject so that at future appointments, I am able to maintain brow position and avoid the crescent shaped rhtyides that you are referring to.

Jack Nicholson Brow After Botox?

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Dear cal5, The lateral crescents which may look like the "quizzical look" or the "Jack Nicholson look" can be seen when the 11's are treated centrally and the lateral brow area is not. This can be corrected with judicious placement of Botox in that lateral area. One must be careful when doing this to prevent lateral brow drooping. Botox is a wonderful treatment option for properly selected patients. Good luck. Dr. G.

How Do You Fix the Cresent Shaped Rhytides Above the Lateral Brow?

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Your friend needs individual attention by someone who understands the dynamics of the facial muscles. The lateral (outside) muscle fibers of the frontalis (forehead) muscle are compensating for the central weakness caused by the treatment of the 11's and likely some of the central frontalis which can give a "quizzical" look.

This can be improved if done carefully not to trade it for a sunken brow.


Dr. Malouf

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