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Spocking and What to do with it?!

Updated: Feb 16

Anti-Wrinkle Injections are a type of cosmetic injectables treatment that is used mainly to reduce wrinkles on the face. They work by temporarily reducing the muscle activity that causes wrinkles and smooth out the skin, resulting in a more youthful appearance. Unfortunately when performed incorrectly, usually by an inexperienced injector, the results can leave a bizarre look.

"Spocking" refers to an unintended outcome that can occur after receiving anti-wrinkle injections (colloquially known as Botox) in the forehead area. It's named after the character Mr. Spock from Star Trek, known for his distinctive arched eyebrows. Spocking occurs when the eyebrows are lifted excessively, creating a highly arched or peaked appearance. While some individuals may desire a subtle lift in the eyebrows, an exaggerated or unnatural look can occur if the injections are not administered with precision or if the dosage is too high.

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Why does Spocking occur?

There are 2 types of facial muscle groups: muscles that lift the eyebrows, and muscles that depress the eyebrows. The shape and position of your eyebrow is the result of the 2 muscle groups at play. Anti-wrinkle injections work by relaxing the muscles and creating the opposite effect of what the muscle is supposed to be doing. If the balance of these muscles are disrupted due to anti-wrinkle treatment, an abnormal eyebrow shape can result.

This is usually caused by anti-wrinkle injections performed too centrally on the forehead resulting in the inner eyebrow muscles relaxing (drops), and an over-compensatory effect on the outer forehead muscles pulling and lifting the outer eyebrows upwards.

Resolve Spocking:

Consult with a Skilled Injector: If spocking occurs, it's essential to consult with a qualified and experienced injector who specializes in cosmetic injections. At Radianne Skin, we can assess the situation, discuss your concerns, and develop a tailored plan for correction. This may involve additional injections or adjustments to achieve a more natural look. It is ideal to wait 2 weeks after the initial treatment to treat spocking. If you notice any spocking before then, it will usually correct itself by the 2-week mark as the full effect of the treatment will be seen.

It's crucial to choose a skilled and experienced injector for any cosmetic procedure, as the proper administration of neurotoxins requires an understanding of facial anatomy and precise technique. At Radianne Skin, we always communicate openly about your expectations so that you'll be satisfied with the results.

We are located in Melbourne CBD, central to many of Melbourne's suburbs in terms of accessibility. Book a comprehensive consultation with us now to discuss how we can assist you in achieving your aesthetic goals!


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