Forehead Wrinkle Treatments

What treatments are there for forehead wrinkles?

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Treatment depends on the severity of the wrinkles.

The best way to approach the treatment of wrinkles to stratify them into mild, moderate, and severe.

For mild (fine) wrinkles, good skin nutrition and topical chemical peels (e.g. Glycolic Acid Peel), or laser are very effective. Botox is helpful, but not necessary. These treatments resurface the skin, leaving the surface smooth.

For moderate wrinkles (dynamic wrinkles), in addition to the same treatment for mild wrinkles, Botox is the best choice. Botox works by paralyzing the underlying muscles which results in relaxation of the overlying skin. Botox also stops the cycle of stress on the dermis and helps prevent moderate wrinkles from turning into severe wrinkles. Deep chemical peels such as phenol are also useful for moderate wrinkles.

For severe wrinkles (deeps lines that are present at rest), in addition to the same treatment for mild and moderate wrinkles, you will also need either 1) dermal fillers to push out the wrinkles and/or 2) a surgical skin tightening procedure such as forehead lift or facelift. Additionally, these procedures can sometimes be combined with deep laser resurfacing to achieve even smoother results.

I hope this is helpful.

David Shafer, MD
Shafer Plastic Surgery
New York City


New York Plastic Surgeon
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Forehead wrinkles can be treated conservatively with...

Forehead wrinkles can be treated conservatively with Botox injections. Botox temporarily immobilizes the frontalis muscle which raises the eyebrows and creates horizontal forehead creases.

For patients seeking a long term solution there is forehead lift surgery. The frontalis muscle is surgically altered to soften facial expression and reduce the severity of furrows.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Treating forehead wrinkles - Botox (or grow out your bangs)

Bangs are "poor man's Botox".

Botox is the best treatment for both horizontal forehead wrinkles and the vertical wrinkles between the eyebrows. There is a relatively new treatment that uses radiofrequency energy to permanently destroy the nerves that move the forehead muscles that cause the lines. There are other surgical procedures that are more permanent. When used properly, Botox is natural looking.

One must be very careful with the permanent fixes as they may result in an unnatural "plastic" look. When all else fails, let your bangs grow out.

Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
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What treatments are there for forehead wrinkles?

There are many options to address wrinkles of the forehead. The first line of treatment is skin care which can improve mild to moderate wrinkling. The next step would be treatment with a botulinum toxin (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin) to weaken the muscles that cause the wrinkles. Failing that, you could use dermal fillers like Juvederm or Restylane. Finally, if all else fails a Brow lift is an excellent and long-lasting answer to stubborn forehead wrinkles.

Forehead wrinkles treatments

Forehead wrinkles are treated by Botox injections. That would be the best choice depending on the depth of wrinkles. You may also consider microdermabrasion every two weeks for softening of lines and increase collagen production. Weekly exfoliation with a gentle scrub may also help to soften the lines and brighten the skin for an overall even tone and smooth complexion. Make sure to always use sun protection even in winter time.    

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