We all have them and we all hate them. Forehead wrinkles can make you look tired, older and angrier. Why do we get forehead wrinkles? The main reason is due to the action of the large facial muscle in the forehead, the frontalis. This muscle pulls up the brow when it contracts and with repeated use, will cause horizontal wrinkles on your forehead. However, its not just the muscle causing the problem. Your forehead gets a lot of sun damage due to its position. This sun damage damages your collagen, the building block of your skin, and causes a loss of elasticity. As a result, the skin doesn’t bounce back after the muscle contracts and causes the forehead wrinkles.
I’m only 20, why do I have forehead wrinkles? This should be a wake up call for you. Your forehead is telling you that your skin is taking a beating and you are not taking care of it. The sun damage that your forehead is experiencing, is causing damage to the collagen in the skin of your forehead. This is causing a loss of elasticity and normal recovery of the skin after muscle action. As a result, you are seeing forehead wrinkles at 20! An easy way to prevent this, is the regular use of sunscreen.
The treatment of forehead wrinkles has several components for maximum effectiveness. The first, is too relax the frontalis muscle that is causing the forehead wrinkles every time it contracts. This can easily be accomplished with Botox Injections or Dysport Injections. These purified proteins act to relax the muscles of facial expression to prevent and reduce wrinkles. Results can be seen in 1-2 days and they can last 3-4 months. Repeated use of Botox may be necessary to continue to prevent forehead wrinkles.
The other necessary part of forehead wrinkles treatment is to deal with the skin itself. Without improving the elasticity of the skin, current wrinkles will not be reduced and future ones will not be prevented. This is when collagen stimulation becomes important. Procedures like microneedling and laser resurfacing, and products like retinols and retin-a, can all accomplish this.
Unfortunately, if the forehead wrinkles are very deep, Botox and collagen stimulation may not be enough. This is where dermal fillers like Juvederm are necessary. Juvederm can be injected into the deep lines to fill and soften them. The combination of Botox, Juvederm and collagen stimulation, will get rid of deep forehead wrinkles.
Mild forehead wrinkles that appear to be not related to muscle contraction, can be treated with collagen stimulation alone. This would include skin care products like retinol and procedures like microneedling.
Creative use of Botox when treating forehead wrinkles can produce a Botox brow lift or a non surgical brow lift. If just the outer portions of the frontalis muscle are treated with Botox, the inner section will continue to pull down. This will elevate the outer portions of a brow and produce the brow lift effect. The good thing is that if you don’t like it, it will go away after 3-4 months. However, most patients find this a very desirable effect of Botox treatment of forehead wrinkles.