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Glabellar Lines Pop Quiz!

It’s Pop Quiz time again! This time we’re exploring glabellar lines.

If you’ve read our recent two-part interview with our director of education, Dr Kalpna Pindolia, you’ll be well-prepared.

Part 1 covered the glabella, anatomical and theoretical considerations for treating glabellar lines and patient selection. Whilst part 2 covered injection technique and how to avoid common mistakes when injecting glabellar lines.

Scroll down to take our test...


1. What is the glabella complex?

A) A group of muscles that are depressors of the brow

B) A large muscle that is a depressor of the brow

C) A large muscle that is an elevator of the brow


The correct answer is A.

The glabella complex is a group of muscles that are depressors of the brow. The glabella is comprised of the procerus, corrugator supercilii, depressor supercilii, and the medial part of the orbital orbicularis oculi.

2. What are glabellar lines also known as?

A) Frown lines and Bunny lines

B) Bunny lines and Number 11s

C) Frown lines and Number 11s


The correct answer is C.

Glabellar lines are also known as frown lines and Number 11s.

3. Patients wanting glabellar line treatment often worry that they look…

A) Sad

B) Angry

C) Tired


The correct answer is B.

Glabellar line treatment can help to address patient concerns about looking angry all the time.

4. How many injection points are there in a standard glabellar line treatment?

A) 3

B) 4

C) 5


The correct answer is C.

There are 5 injection points in a standard glabellar line treatment. Whilst a new 3 point technique has been proposed, this is not considered standard at present.

5. Which of the following muscles should be injected superficially?

A) Procerus

B) Medial corrugator

C) Lateral corrugator


The correct answer is C.

As the lateral corrugator is a superficial muscle, it should be injected superficially. Doing so avoids lid ptosis from toxin tracking into the levator palpebrae superioris.

6. What is likely to happen if you inject too superiorly above the supraorbital rim?

A) Vascular occlusion

B) Brow ptosis

C) Lid ptosis


The correct answer is B.

Injecting too superiorly above the supraorbital rim can cause brow ptosis. By injecting into the palpable muscle at its origin, rather than the lines or furrows it creates, you can avoid this.

7. During glabellar line treatments, your needle should always point…

A) Away from the orbit

B) Towards the orbit

C) Depends on the muscle being treated


The correct answer is A.

Always ensure your needle points away from the orbit.

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