Botox Bunny Lines: Do Botox and Dysport Cause Nose Wrinkles?

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Although Botox and Dysport are used to alleviate wrinkles, recent studies have shown that Botox injections may actually give patients new wrinkles next to the wrinkles being removed.

Both drugs are created from a strain of the toxin bacterium clostridium botulinum. They are used to treat wrinkles such as forhead lines, frown lines, crow’s feet, bunny lines and neck lines. It is injected under the skin and temporarily relaxes facial muscles. The relaxing of facial muscles in turn smooths lines and wrinkles. Results will last from three to four months; however, skin will thin with repeated injection, which allows results to be longer lasting.

These new wrinkles potentially caused by Botox and Dysport are created by different muscles working to create facial expressions that the paralyzed facial muscles are no longer able to create. Professor of Dermatology Dr. David Becker gives this explanation for what happens: “What can happen is that other nearby muscles compensate – this can have the effect of actually creating new wrinkles.”

One popular place that the drugs are regularly injected in is the section between the eyebrows called the scowl line. Both Botox and Dysport paralyze these muscles, making patients unable to frown. Since muscle contraction is not possible, no new wrinkles can be formed between the eyebrows. Dr. Becker explains that, “In this case, following treatment, muscles in the upper nose, middle eyebrow and eyelid may try to recreate the expression of a scowl. Repetitions of this action cause new wrinkles.”

Although most new wrinkles created by Botox or Dysport are less prominent, the patient will usually need new injections to treat these new wrinkles. This ends up creating a vicious cycle which can only be stopped when you stop getting the injections, or by adding treatment of the new wrinkles, which could potentially lead to the same problems.

Moral of the story: Before scheduling Botox or Dysport injections, talk to your doctor about whether the treatments will work well for you and if the benefits will outweigh the potential side effect of adding even more wrinkles. To learn about other potential side effects of these drugs, read our article Side Effects of Dysport and Botox.

If you’ve used Botox or Dysport, we’d love to hear what you have to say. Please tell us about your experience in the comments section below.

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