How to Prevent Wrinkles on Forehead and Between Eyebrow?

I'm a 25 year old female and I want to get Botox as a preventive treatment for wrinkles on my forehead and in between my eyebrows. On average how many units would that be for someone my age with few wrinkles? 

Doctor Answers 17

Start conservatively, add more Botox units as needed

The number of units is variable based on your individual muscles and the effect desired, but it usually takes 20-30 units of Botox for the glabella (area between your eyebrows) and at least 15-20 units for the forehead. I will usually start in a conservative fashion, and see my patients back in a week or two to add more units if needed.

Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Botox dose depends on severity of wrinkles

This depends on how severe the wrinkles are.

The standard dose in the cosmetic package insert for the glabella frown lines (the only FDA approved location - all other are off label) is 20 units injected over 5 injection points (4 units per site)

The forehead dose ranges from 6-20 units for severe wrinkles, and in my experience, typically require about 8 for early or mild lines.

Hope this helps!

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Botox Dosage

The amount of botox needed depends on the severity of your wrinkles and strength of your muscles. The amount used is going to vary between each person. Many people get botox as a preventive treatment and have great results.

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The amount of Botox required depends on the strength of the muscles causing these lines.  Your physician will have you frown and raise your forehead to determine the amount of Botox needed.  As an estimate, your forehead may require 5 to 10 units and your frown 15 to 25.  Please see an experienced physician injector.

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Botox - how many units

It's really hard to say exactly how many units you'll need - it really depends on your anatomy.  Each area could take anywhere from 10-20.  You can always start conservatively and wait for the BOTOX to start working, then go back for touch ups if you need more.  Regardless, BOTOX is great for wrinkle prevention - I've been using it on myself since my late 20s

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Botox as a preventative measure

Hi missnataleigh,

We do in fact have patients that use Botox as a preventative measure. In most cases, these are patients that have just begun to see the beginnings of the fine lines associated with static wrinkles (those wrinkles caused by movement of the forehead muscles and muscles around the eyes).

The number of units depends on the severity of the wrinkles, but if none are visible, it's hard to dose accordingly. If wrinkles are visible, the area between the eyes would normally be between 15-25 units and the forehead between 15-30 units. You should be able to get per unit pricing by calling around in your area.

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Not To Many Units

Whether you want to have Botox placed as a preventive measure would depend mostly on your priorities in life and financial condition.

As more data is accumulating regarding Botox it definitely appears that people who have Botox placed periodically develop less and more superficial dynamic wrinkles. But whether you want to make the investment is the question only you would be able to answer.

Since you do not have lines, I would recommend the minimal which would be 15 units in the glabellar area and 8 in the forehead, The latter might be increased depending on the pattern of your lines on movement. Do they bunch in the center or do they extend horizontally along the whole forehead? I usually ask patients to return in two weeks at which time they can have a few more units as determined by myself and the patient. If they are totally satisfied they can cancel the appointment. We charge at cost for any "touchups" by the way so there is less of a cost issue for them.

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