What you should know about Corrugator Removal
The Corrugator Removal technique eliminates the muscles that produce the frown lines (also called the “11 lines”) and that also pull the brows down and in. It is very effective at lifting the medial part of the brow for which reason it is an excellent technique for women that have a high lateral arch. This avoids the surprised look seen when the lateral part of the brow is too high compared to the medial brow. Corrugator removal is also ideal for men because it preserves the flat brow configuration that is typical for men. As opposed to Botox, the effect of this procedure on the 11 lines is permanent, for which reason it is called a “Permanent Botox effect”.
Recovery is similar to that of upper blepharoplasty except that the central part of the forehead stays numb for about 6 months in 95% of patients. In 5% of cases, the nerves never recover completely and the patient remains with some decreased sensation between or above the brows. In very rare instances, the patient can experience tingling or shooting pain in the same area while the nerves recover (the first 6 months after surgery). This typically resolves with time or with appropriate medication.
Length of surgery: 20-30 min
Anesthesia: light sedation
Hospitalization: ambulatory (day surgery)
Downtime: 1-2 weeks