Last month, I wrote an article about Megan Fox and her claims that she has never had Botox.
For those of you who don’t know, Megan is ultra-sensitive about the subject of Botox and plastic surgery, and in an effort to prove that she doesn’t get Botox, she posted a picture of her forehead wrinkles on her Facebook page. I analyzed the photo and wrote that I thought Megan had photoshopped her own picture because the wrinkle pattern didn’t correlate with the anatomy that I’ve seen in thousands of Botox patients in my practice or with what I’ve seen in many years of surgical training.
Well, I stand corrected! A beautiful young woman in Riverside, CA named Kristen sent me a photo of herself making forehead wrinkles that were not only similar to Megan’s, but actually much more impressive!
Firstly, kudos to Kristen! She sent me several very useful photos with several different degrees of muscle motion, and she very kindly agreed to allow me to use them for this article. I studied her photos for quite a while and I noticed that she (and probably Megan) have an incredibly interesting variation in the anatomy of their brow and forehead muscles that allows them to make these semi-circular wrinkles while the vast majority of us cannot. Their corrugator muscles (the muscles that pull the eyebrows downwards and inwards) are much more vertically oriented than normal, and this allows them to interrupt the pull of the frontalis muscle (the muscle that pulls the eyebrows upwards). This anatomic variation is quite rare, but obviously a real phenomenon.
Secondly, when it rains it pours! Since Kristen contacted me, I have seen this anatomic variation in two of my own patients, which is the very first time I’ve seen it in clinical practice even though I do Botox injections almost on a daily basis.
I want to take this opportunity to thank Kristen for her amazing photos, and for educating all of us, including me, on a very interesting and uncommon variation in anatomy. And I also want to say that I fully retract my claim that Megan Fox photoshopped her picture. That being said, that doesn’t necessarily “prove” that she doesn’t get Botox 🙂 All it proves is that she has some amazing forehead and brow muscles that may or may not have ever been under the influence of Botox in the past.
Thanks again Kristen!
Nicholas Vendemia, M.D.
Plastic Surgeon, New York City
MAS / Manhattan Aesthetic Surgery
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Photo Credit: Kristen from Riverside CA
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