A big deterrent for many considering Botox Cosmetic for the first (or second, third or fourth) time is the dreaded frozen forehead that can leave you with the constant look of surprise. In order to smooth out lines and wrinkles around the brows, crow’s-feet and the glabellar region (the area between the eyebrows) while eliminating the frozen look, some doctors are injecting using a special injection technique called the Microdroplet Lift.
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According to Largo, FL, oculoplastic surgeon Jasmine Mohadjer, MD, a good candidate for this procedure is a patient who wants a smoother forehead and is concerned that Botox Cosmetic will leave them looking unnatural or less expressive. “The injections of Botox Cosmetic, or any other neuromodulator like Xeomin or Dysport, are placed strategically to weaken the muscles that pull the eyebrow down, creating a natural-looking lift.”
The technique, patented by Beverly Hills, CA, oculoplastic surgeon Kenneth Steinsapir, MD, entails avoiding the forehead area and concentrating the injections along the eyebrows and glabellar area. “The forehead is left untreated,” says Dr. Steinsapir. “This means the eyebrow depressing muscles are treated and the brow elevator muscles in the forehead are left untreated. The forehead lines are reduced by reducing the amount of work they have to do rather than paralyzing them with botulinum toxin. The resting pinch at the eyebrow is then relaxed, the brows go up and the forehead lines diminished without paralyzing the forehead.”
The Microdroplet Lift is a patented technique and experienced doctors and injectors need a license to perform the service. Results last as long as any other botulinum toxin treatment, which is typically four to six months.