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Botox and ‘bunny lines’

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Botox and ‘bunny lines’ have had a great deal of exposure recently in the press.  So what are bunny lines? This affectionate term is used to describe wrinkles or lines which are formed around the upper part of the nose on both sides.

These lines may be exaggerated by making an ‘angry face’ (see main image above). With ageing and repeated use of the muscles involved in this action, these lines can become apparent at rest. Technically, a number of facial muscles are involved in their formation but it is the nasalis muscle which plays the most important part (see image below).

‘Bunny lines’ can be troublesome for many patients and may be easily and effectively treated with botox. This treatment is often considered an ‘advanced’ treatment area by injectors but in reality, it is a very quick and easy procedure.

facial anatomy

Interestingly, the appearance of ‘bunny lines’ can be a tell-tale sign of previous botox treatment. Botox is most commonly used to treat horizontal forehead lines, frown lines and crow’s feet. Treatment of these areas, and particularly crow’s feet, without addressing the nasalis muscle can lead to the formation of ‘bunny lines’. This is due to greater stresses on the fibres of the nasalis muscle in the presence of weaker muscles acting in the same area of the face.

Inexperienced injectors will often neglect this area. At Array, the medical team will usually advise treatment of this area as part of upper face treatment with botox.

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