FOREHEAD / 'WORRY' LINES
WORRYING MIGHT NOT CHANGE ANYTHING - BUT 'B0T0X' CAN
WHAT CAUSES FOREHEAD LINES?
Forehead lines - otherwise referred to as 'worry lines' or 'expression lines' - develop slowly over time. Whenever we move our face, muscles contract to make that movement, so if you raise your brows a lot, you are likely to get these expression lines earlier than someone who doesn't! Nevertheless, the natural progression of age, loss of collagen and elastin, thinning of the skin . . . combined with environmental and lifestyle factors all lead to the creation of forehead lines that become deeper and more ingrained over time.
When these lines only occur on movement (actively frowning) they are referred to as 'dynamic' lines. When they are present even at rest, they are known as 'static' lines'. Most people over the age of 30 years have both static and dynamic forehead lines.
HOW CAN THEY BE TREATED?
Forehead lines respond excellently to ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS.
In the case of fine-to-moderate frown lines, with minimal static show at rest, anti-wrinkle injections offer an immediate and long-lasting improvement. Even for those with moderate-to-severe (deep) frown lines, anti-wrinkle injections will greatly improve both the dynamic and static appearance from the very first treatment, although to completely erase moderate-to-deep static forehead lines can take several months. Essentially, if the muscles that create the expression lines are kept 'frozen' for a long period of time, they atrophy (thin - imagine what would happen to your calf muscle if your leg was kept in a cast). When this happens, even the deepest lines begin to essentially 'unfold' and disappear.
Anti-wrinkle injections are the gold standard, first line treatment for lines on the forehead. In the case of mild-to-moderate forehead lines, a CHEMICAL PEEL may help the appearance of the static lines (but will not lessen the appearance of dynamic lines).
NOTE: some clinics and / or practitioners will advise and try to treat this area with dermal filler. DERMAL FILLER should NEVER be used to 'fill' lines in the forehead. Almost all forehead lines are created by movement of the muscle. If you knock that muscle out, you will improve the lines. DERMAL FILLER in the forhead is at best, highly unsatisfactory due to the lack of subcutaneous fat in the forehead region, and will appear lumpy, bumpy, and can even migrate. At worst, dermal filler in this area can lead to arterial occlusion due to the vascular anatomy of the forehead which can result in blindness.
Anti-wrinkle injections are very safe, and carry none of the risks associated with DERMAL FILLER in the forehead.