Solutions for Forehead Wrinkles
An expressive face is entertaining, engaging and intriguing, but it does have its downsides: It’s not very useful in high-stakes poker, and also puts significant strain on the skin and muscles of the forehead.
“Dynamic” wrinkles are often the result of expressive facial movement. Here, experienced Albany plastic surgeon Dr. Bruce Barach suggests practical ways to treat — and when possible, avoid — the appearance of forehead wrinkles.
Written on the Face
An expressive face continually animates forehead muscles, creating deep furrows. Stress and unhealthy lifestyle choices also draw horizontal lines across the upper face.
By generating the production of free radicals, stress weakens your skin, giving it an unhealthy, pallid look. Sometimes it is your own reaction to stress that damages your skin. For example, when stress causes you to repeatedly grimace or frown, you are slowly etching fine lines and deep wrinkles into your expression. Managing stress in your life is an important way to keep your facial appearance looking young, buoyant and fresh.
One way to improve the appearance of forehead wrinkles is to soothe the muscles that are creating them. Neurotoxins are a popular way to give these muscles a rest. Botox has long been the muscle-relaxant of choice. It is a controlled toxin that is injected into facial tissue to relieve tension in the muscles that are forming or sustaining wrinkles. As these muscles relax, they no longer have the strength to continue their tug of war with skin and other muscles; this allows the brow to return to a more natural-looking position for the next three to six months.
Juveau and Xeomin are two more recent neurotoxin products and are often used for targeted areas, such as vertical lines between the eyes. Like Botox, these options are quick, convenient and avoid the potential complications of a surgical procedure; however, each must be repeated on a regular basis to keep facial muscles relaxed and prevent lines and furrows from returning.
When wrinkles are caused mostly by loss of volume and collagen in the skin, dermal fillers may be the ideal solution. Dermal fillers rejuvenate the forehead by filling lines and deep wrinkles, while stimulating the production of the revitalizing natural proteins collagen and elastin.
Varieties such as Juvéderm Volbella, Juvéderm XC, Juvéderm Vollure, Juvéderm Voluma XC, and Juvéderm Ultra build facial volume, smooth fill hollows, improve lines and wrinkles, soften contours and add symmetry to any complexion.
Dermal fillers often require a single injection, administered during a convenient office visit, and are effective for six months to a year or longer.
To learn more about ways to improve forehead wrinkles, we invite you to schedule an appointment by contacting Dr. Barach’s Albany practice today.