Actress Rachel Weisz once called for the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) to ban BOTOX® Cosmetic. According to Ms. Weisz, “Acting is all about expression; why would you want to iron out a frown?” I have no interest in launching into a long discussion about Hollywood or the SAG here, but I would like to clear something up: BOTOX injections, when performed properly, do not “iron out” facial expressions.
It’s true that BOTOX works to reduce dynamic wrinkles (wrinkles caused through repeated facial expressions) by temporarily relaxing certain facial muscles. However, while the muscles are relaxed, they are still capable of creating smiles and frowns just as before. The next most common mistake is thinking that a face will be “frozen” in place – at least not if you have treatment from a professional who understands the right amount of BOTOX to use and where to place it.
My BOTOX patients in Indiana have discovered that they maintain a full range of facial expression, but have smoother and younger-looking skin with fewer dynamic wrinkles. Any ban on BOTOX – the leading cosmetic treatment in the United States for many years now – seems a bit premature and a bit misguided to me.