Written by Catherine Hertl, MD
RUSH Cosmetic Clinic – 6th Floor, next to FFC Gold Coast
Rush assistant professor; board-certified plastic surgeon
Neromodulators (NMs) like Botox and Dysport have long been used to treat the active lines between the brows known as the 11s or glabellar wrinkles. However, the use of these injections has evolved to treat dynamic wrinkles in many areas of the face and neck.
Around the eyes, facial aging can result in sagging of the brows and crow’s feet. Botox can be used as a chemical brow lift and can relax the crow’s feet creating a more youthful, open appearance to the upper face.
Horizontal forehead lines can be erased by using an array of multiple small doses of an NM. Care must be taken to avoid overdosing in this area.
In the perioral area, NMs can be used to reduce the marionette or frown lines by lifting the corners of the mouth. Treating the upper and lower lips can eliminate dynamic ‘smoker’s lines’ and may also result in a subtle enhancement of lip volume. Botox in the chin area can reduce dimpling.
Neuromodulators can also be injected into vertical neck bands to smooth this area and can be used to treat facial asymmetries caused by unequal muscle activity in the face and neck.
While NMs will treat the dynamic or active component of wrinkles, if the wrinkles are deep, you may require the addition of fillers to fully correct the static component of long-standing wrinkles. Fillers may also be needed to correct volume loss in order to achieve optimal correction of some aspects of facial aging.
With all injectable facial treatments, it is recommended to choose an experienced practitioner. To find out how neuromodulators can improve your appearance, I invite you to make a consultation appointment in my RUSH cosmetic clinic located on the 6th floor next to the FFC. Call 312-563-3000 or drop by our Botox clinic after your workout on Saturday, June 30 from 9 – 12:30 PM. Walk-ins are also welcome!