This is a common â and certainly understandable â concern that newcomers to BoTox have expressed. Hereâs the scoop:
For the majority of the muscles we treat, the aim is not to âfreezeâ the muscles but to relax them enough so that they donât bulk up and create lines and furrows where theyâre attached to the skin. Furthermore, we generally want to relax only those muscles that pull the face down and in (the sad, angry muscles), allowing the muscles that pull the face up and out (the happy ones) to stay strong and work unopposed.
There are some exceptions though. For instance, the muscle in your forehead (the frontalis) that raises your eyebrows and creates those horizontal furrows also happens to be the only muscle that keeps your eyebrows from sinking down to your kneecaps. Relax that muscle too much and you can look a bit Neanderthal-esque. An experienced doctor who knows what sheâs doing will be able to find that âsweet spotâ in terms of BoTox dosage and placement to relax the furrows without dropping the brow.
We can do some wonderful things with BoTox. If your doctor has an intimate knowledge of facial anatomy, a lot of experience and a truly aesthetic approach to the face, there never should be a compromise to your expressiveness. Also, find someone who is willing to take the time to assess your needs with you, explain their plan of treatment and follow up with you to make sure youâre happy with the result.
And remember, if you stumble into a bad treatment, it does wear off.