Frozen Face (And How To Avoid It!)


For a considerable number of years muscle relaxants have been used in cosmetic medicine to relax frown lines and crow’s feet.

There are now a considerable number of muscle relaxants on the market, some more widely known than others – such as Botox (Vistabel), Dysport (Azzalure), Xeomin (Bocouture), Neurobloc etc.. all of which have their own unique properties but inherently all do the same; smooth upper facial lines (by relaxing the muscles causing them) and in some instances also generate a chemical ‘brow lift’.

Botox got its FDA approval for glabellar frown lines in 2002 but the majority of experienced cosmetic practitioners, like myself, were using it way before then as it had proven itself to be very safe and effective with excellent patient satisfaction. Since those early days a ‘Botox revolution’ seems to have occurred with a huge number of patients reported to be using muscle relaxants to help prevent the signs of aging and enable them to look fresher and less tired.

However, as with most ‘breakthrough’ cosmetic procedures, lessons have been learned along the way with ‘the good, the bad and the ugly‘ being the name of the game.

Simplistically, bad treatment is akin to having a bad haircut – unflattering, unattractive, often embarrassing and it takes a while to get back to look like you again.

The odd looks of over-arched ‘surprised’ eyebrows, wonky eyebrows and/or a forehead as smooth as an ice rink with not a flicker of movement spring to mind.

Potential patients who are considering treatment are often reluctant to embark on any treatment because of all these reported ‘odd’ looks and that’s a shame.

The mistake or misconception is that we have only one of two choices – grow old gracefully or look like a waxwork model. But the reality is that there is a third option.

This third option is in my opinion the perfect example of a fabulous treatment. This is a treatment that relaxes the muscles in a natural way to give results that look like you’ve simply been ‘airbrushed’.

The fact is, it’s far more technically challenging and often takes years of experience treating with muscle relaxants to perfect the ‘natural airbrushed look’. You only have to look at high profile celebrities who have got it ‘just right’ and who have responded to this trend of ‘a natural appearance is the best appearance’ who are looking ever more lovely. In fact, in my opinion it’s generally considered passé to look frozen nowadays which can look odd and even, in some instances, make the younger patient look older and contrived.

So the next time you take a look at a fresh, attractive looking woman or man of a certain age and wonder what they do to look so good the answer may well be good genes, good sleep and a good lifestyle but it’s also possible they might have a good cosmetic doctor with expert hands and a keen eye on speed dial too!


*DISCLAIMER Patient experience and results may vary. These are dependent on a number of factors such as lifestyle, age and medical history.

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