Botulinum toxin injections, in the form of Botox and Dysport, have become the most popular cosmetic procedure.
But as more and more people discover their ability to make lion wrinkles disappear, an expert observes the ultimate ironic side effect: new wrinkles.
“The paralysis of a set of muscles can lead to the recruitment of other muscle groups in an attempt to reproduce the blockage of conditioned activity, which will result in greater muscle activity in the adjacent regions Says Dr. David Becker. in a recent edition of the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology .
In other words, when the muscles that cause frown lines are immobilized, the muscles that can create other types of expression lines can overcompensate. More specifically, some patients with Botox and Dysport have exaggerated wrinkles at the bridge of the nose, often called “rabbit lines”, after continuous treatment aimed at smoothing their foreheads. Bright-eyed wrinkle watchers have noticed them on celebrities such as Nicole Kidman, Kim Cattrall and Renee Zellweger.
Although there is no way of knowing who is likely to get well-known rabbit lines using denervating agents, there is a way to fight them if they appear. Yes, you guessed it: Botox or Dysport along the bridge of the nose.
However, this is a use not indicated on the labels. It is therefore even more imperative than consulting a plastic surgeon or an experienced and certified dermatologist.