A guide to Botox for forehead wrinkles

Lines and wrinkles are like creases in luxury handbags; they appear out of nowhere. But you’re only as old as you feel, right? And unlike handbags, your value is untouched by time. We hope you feel younger than ever. But, if you’re like us and are starting to notice (or have for a long time now) those pesky forehead lines, maybe wondering, “is Botox for forehead wrinkles right for me?” isn’t a bad question to ask yourself.

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What causes forehead wrinkles?  

Wrinkles appear as a result of overworked facial muscles. The frontalis muscle elevates your eyebrows and causes forehead lines. Similarly, the orbis oculi is responsible for radial wrinkles such as crow’s feet. With that in mind, maybe we should think of wrinkles as memories of happy surprises, and crow’s feet as “wear and tear” signs of many years of smiling? 

Wrinkles are not always age-related. Sometimes it just comes down to muscle movement and lots of facial expression. Sun exposure along with loss of skin elasticity, thinning skin and genetics, are also causes of forehead wrinkles. 

What is Botox?  

Botox is a cosmetic treatment that’s used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles in the face. 

Botox treatments are safe and have been FDA approved for cosmetic use since 2002. However, there are a few side effects of Botox that are important to be aware of but are unlikely . Even if you do experience these side effects, they should wear off in a few days. These are: 

  • Eye redness
  • Redness at the injection site 
  • Headaches 
  • Temporary sagging or drooping of the eyelids 

Always make sure you use a certified, experienced physician who observes FDA-approved sites for Botox Cosmetic Injections. Our aesthetic injectors at Facial Aesthetics will be able to let you know exactly where you’ll be able to have your Botox injected to achieve the results you’re looking for. 

How can Botox be used to treat forehead wrinkles? 

Botox works to smooth horizontal forehead lines and vertical wrinkles between the eyes. The muscles relax as a result of the Botox being injected directly into the center of the forehead. Don’t worry, most people only feel a small prick from the needle! 

Botox injections paralyze muscles, reducing their movements. Limited muscle movement still keeps a natural look, while keeping wrinkles under control. 

Remember to always choose a licensed aesthetic injector. Muscles in the forehead are intertwined, even millimeters make all the difference between temporary side effects and permanent damage.

How many units of Botox do you need for your forehead? 

 Your aesthetic injector will advise you on how many units of Botox you will need to get the results you want. Too many doses can result in uneven eyebrows, drooping eyelids and a stiff appearance. Generally speaking, it’s advised that you have Botox treatments once or twice a year. Although some professionals advise every 10 or 12 weeks. You can expect the following units during these treatment sessions:

  • 15-30 units of Botox for forehead lines and wrinkles 
  • 40 units for eleven lines (and possibly more for male patients) 

These units are typical allowances of Botox in a single session. Units may vary depending on the extent of your dynamic wrinkles.

How long does Botox for forehead wrinkles last? 

Your first Botox treatment usually wears off around four months after your treatment. Sometimes even a little sooner. After your first follow-up treatment, you should start to see the effects last much longer. It’s also good to note that before you book your first follow-up treatment, give 14-days for the effects of your first Botox treatment to appear. Sit back, relax and let our treatment work its magic. 

Visit our blog post here for more information on the lasting properties of Botox. Also, we’d love to hear from you! Feel free to book a consultation or give us a call for more information. 

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