This question brings up a great point about assessing a patient's anatomy when performing botox and filler injections. The effects of the botox in your corrugator complex look wonderful, and your eyebrows appear to have a gentle feminine arch following the injection.
The forehead ridge you are seeing is a product of your natural frontalis anatomy. There are several anatomical variations to the frontalis muscle - the ridge you are seeing is secondary to a space between the fibers of your frontalis muscle or from a deficiency in the fat or bone in the area. I strongly advice against any filler injections to this area - you have lots of blood vessels here and injecting a filler can lead to blindness should any filler be inadvertently injected into a vessel.
Thanks for your question!
- Dr. Krishnan
Vertical ridge in the center of my forehead -- Botox and filler
The depression seems to worsen with movement suggesting that more Botox may be needed in the area surrounding this depression. Since it is also present at rest, a small amount of filler could be placed to help volumize and lift this area to the level of the surrounding tissue. Filler injection in this area should only be performed by "core" cosmetic injectable physicians (facial
plastic surgeons, plastic surgeons, dermatologists, or occuloplastic
surgeons). This is because we all have a keen understanding of facial
anatomy and the effects of injecting Botox/ Xeomin/ Dysport and fillers in different
regions of the face. Be sure you are seeing one of us, and I wish you well!
It appears as though the indentation is worse when frowning.
It appears as though the indentation is worse when frowning, indicating Botox is required to either side of the ridge. Botox should smooth your forehead. If 2 weeks following treatment you still notice an indentation schedule a consultation for a small amount of filler.
An expert injector should be able to give you an accurate treatment plan.
Ridge in forehead after corrugator Botox
Then photo suggests that muscles are forming the ridge and you need Botox on either side of the ridge.
But you need an exam to be sure.
If your injector is not a physician, consult a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to determine the cause and do Botox and/or fillers as indicated by the exam.
More botox and/or an HA filler
may need more Botox injection if the ridge looks deeper with frowning
movement. In addition, you will need a filler. You can start with an HA
acid filler) since this type lasts 6 months to a year and can be
reversed if you do not like the results.
Botox did relax the muscle well. A filler is needed to address the anatomical dent. Fat or dermal fillers could be the answer.
Soft filler would be good option for forehead dent
I think that your wrinkles have been eliminated with Botox and this "dent" is part of your natural facial structure. A soft filler like Belotero, Restylane or Juvederm would help. This should be injected carefully by an experienced injector.
This would require fillers to treat and there are many options. I suggest going to a good surgeon for this as there is risk of complications if not performed meticulously. Best, Dr. Emer.
Dermal Fillers In The Forehead.
Generally, I only place dermal fillers in the forehead for vertical lines (not the horizontal ones). You may have unusual muscular anatomy that is causing the vertical depressions that concern you following botox. Retrograde injection and use of a blunt-tip cannula are especially important in the forehead area to avoid intravascular injection complications (necrosis of the skin, visual blindness etc.). The hyaluronic acid fillers can be reversed with enzyme if necessary, but I also have had good success with more semi-permanent fillers (e.g. Radiesse) in many patients. If your forehead skin is thin then I would go with the hyaluronic fillers, and would probably wait to do anything until after your botox has worn off. You have your pictures that you can show an experienced injector so they can know what has happened in the past. Best regards.
Dermal Fillers in the forehead
Hi LFW. There are many injectors that are averse to injecting dermal fillers in the forehead, but in your case, we believe it's a good option. There are a few key issues that you or any injector should consider when going down this road.
First all injections into this area (and others) should use a "retrograde" technique. If you ask your injector if they use this technique and they don't know what to say, that's a bad sign. Injecting as you remove a needle from the skin helps to avoid injecting the product into blood vessels. In most cases, occlusion (blockage of blood vessels) occurs when pushing the product out of the needle at the same time that the needle is being moved forward into the skin.
Second, only soft Hyaluronic acid products should be used in the forehead and we prefer Restylane. Finally, for anyone injecting into this area, they should have a healthy supply of Hyaluronidase (Vitrase) on hand. It's a good idea to have Vitrase around at all times anyway, but particularly important when injecting into the forehead. Find an injector that's comfortable with this area and ask the right questions during the consultation.
To view an example of before and after pictures for a patient that we treated with Botox and Restylane for deep forehead lines, check the link below.