Most botulinum toxins (like BOTOX® or Dysport®) are indicated for the space between your eyebrows called the glabella. While your dermatologist may target treatment to your forehead or eyebrows, one of the most popular areas is still the glabella, due to their prominence.

When treating glabellar lines, skill is important to maintain a natural look. If the area is too aggressively treated with a toxin, patients can never express anger or worry. If it’s treated taking into account the underlying anatomy, even a light touch can make brow furrows look unnatural.

In clinical studies, researchers had identified five glabellar contraction patterns according to the predominance of certain unique anatomical traits such as eyebrow approximation, depression or elevation. But in a 2014 paper by HS Kim, Kim argues that a more sophisticated assessment pattern needs to be employed in order to create a smooth and youthful appearance while also maintaining natural expression.

The full article makes a compelling case for using animation as part of the assessment your dermatologist gives you before your injection.

If you aren’t happy with your expressions after your Botox treatment, consider asking your dermatologist about assessment, or be sure to contact a dermatologist who does use individuation and animation as part of the consultation.