Botox is great at temporarily improving the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the face and neck such as Crows Feet or Glabellar lines (vertical lines also known as 11’s). The great news is that now, Botox has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of moderate to severe forehead wrinkles and lines too.
In October 2017, Allergan announced the FDA approval of BOTOX® Cosmetic for usage on moderate to severe forehead lines. These lines display horizontally on a forehead and are associated with frontalis muscle activity in adults.
The forehead is one area which many people are concerned about, because the wrinkles and lines that form in this area are very visible. Wrinkles in the forehead occur naturally as we age, but their appearance can make a person look overly serious, and are sometimes known as “worry lines.” These lines can be caused by muscles that are over-active, pulling the skin and forming lines and wrinkles.
To counter this, Botox can be injected into the forehead to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The way Botox works is that it is injected into the skin in small doses and the serum prevents the signals from the nerve cells from reaching the muscles in the forehead, which stops the muscles from forming the lines in the first place. Botox is effective for around three to six months before a top-up is required. Botox works well as a treatment that is used on its own, but also when combined with additional treatments can be a very effective combination procedure.
Botox is great for the treatment of over-active muscles that cause a certain kind of wrinkle. On the other hand, wrinkles that appear because of the reduction of collagen which occur through the natural aging process, are not good candidates for Botox. In these cases, other procedures such as dermal filters are more useful. As we age, we may benefit from different types of treatments to cover both types of wrinkle formation and so it is worth reviewing all options with a dermatologist before proceeding.
Botox with Juvederm or Restylane
For individuals looking to improve the overall appearance of their face and chin, then Botox can be great to remove wrinkles from the forehead and the lines between the eyebrows (known as 11’s), but it can also be combined with other procedures, such as dermal fillers. One treatment that falls into this category is Juvederm Voluma™ XC which can be used to add volume to the cheeks and chin areas. When combined with Botox this can help improve the appearance of the face overall.
Juvederm Volbella is another FDA approved option that can compliment Botox. Often used for adding volume to the lips, it can also be used for smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles in the cheeks and forehead area, for instance, it is commonly used for treating “frown lines.” Juvederm Vollure is another option, also recently approved by the FDA in 2017. All types of Juvederm injections use “Hyaluronic acid” – which is a substance that naturally occurs in the body.
Another treatment that works well with Botox is Restylane®, which can be used to target nasolabial folds and tear troughs that are located near the eyes, which again helps to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
If you’re ready to enjoy a wrinkle free forehead, there’s finally a solution that can help. Contact us online today or call our NYC based offices at 212-535-3088 to learn more about how Botox can potentially help you achieve the appearance you would like.