February 28th, 2013 Miguel A. Delgado Jr, MD
Botox has been used for treatment of the glabellar frown lines since 1992. The glabellar frown lines are the moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows. Marin County patients have asked if there is a more permanent treatment available other than repeated Botox treatments every 3 to 4 months or for some 6 to 8 months. The answer is yes, the corrugator muscle excision. The corrugator muscle excision can be done in conjunction with a brow lift or upper eyelid lift.
The corrugator muscles are used frequently when we laugh, frown, squint, concentrate, and show surprise or anger, causing the skin and tissue to wrinkle and stretch. Botox temporally weakens or relaxes the muscle allowing the frown lines to disappear. If the corrugator muscle is surgically removed, Botox injections will no longer be needed.
San Francisco Bay Area patients may be interested in discussing the corrugator muscle excision with Dr. Delgado at the time of their consultation for any cosmetic facial procedures.