I had Botox done for my forehead lines. How long does this tightness and heaviness last?
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Botox injections to forehead
Botox and Tightness and Heaviness
Botox is a great injection for treating forehead lines. However, you can sometimes feel that the forehead is tight or heavy. This may be product placement or the amount of product that was placed. As the Botox wears away you will feel relief from this side effect. It can take anywhere from a month to soften and up to four months to resolve completely. If "baby" Botox is used, there is less of a chance of this side effect.
After getting Botox injected to the forehead, the heavy feeling that you are experiencing usually lasts up to one week. After this, the sensation fades away and feels lighter.
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How long does the tightness and heaviness last?
Thank you for your question.
Kate Ross, MD
Heaviness and tight forehead after Botox
When you have deep forehead wrinkles it is usually the result of one of two things. The first, which is a great reason for treatment, is overactive muscles from expression. This responds very well. The second reason to have deep wrinkles is because you have heavy eyebrows or heavy eyelids. The forehead is trying to pull these up. This is the patient you need to be very careful injecting because you can drop the eyebrows and eyelids creating this heavy feeling. To be safe with these patients you go with smaller amounts and stay well above the brow so some activity remains.
To actually answer your question, the heaviness feeling will last the length of the Botox (although some say it can improve in the first month). Botox lasts for most around 3 months. Some people will get the tight sensation as a result of the muscle paralysis. If this is the reason you have the tight sensation it will follow the same course as the heaviness. If you are recently injected then sometimes the volume being injected can create a tight sensation but this should resolve within a few days of the injection. If you are already having the heavy feeling then it is more likely related to the action of the Botox.
I hope this helps and good luck.
Forehead Botox treatments can be tricky
Tightness after Botox
A few days
Normally, you lift and furrow the forehead when you animate. The object behind Botox is to soften these lines and calm down the wrinkling. Hence, the muscles that produces these deep wrinkles are now less active.
You should accommodate to this feeling in days to a week, afterwards you will enjoy a tension free appearance.
How long does the heaviness last?
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