Solutions for Forehead WrinklesJanuary 10, 2021
Changes in the tone, texture and integrity of our skin usually occur naturally as we age. When it comes to forehead wrinkles, our own facial expressions can play a significant role.
“Dynamic wrinkles” result when expressive emotions animate the muscles of the forehead over time. Stress and an unhealthy lifestyle also create noticeable lines across the upper face. Boston plastic surgeon Dr. Min S. Ahn is skilled in reversing these effects by smoothing skin and firming muscles, using both surgical and noninvasive solutions.
Stress is one cause of forehead wrinkles. By stimulating the production of free radicals, stress weakens your skin, giving it an unhealthy look. Sometimes it is your reaction to stress that damages the skin. For example, when stress causes you to frown or otherwise activate facial muscles, lines and wrinkles can be the unpleasant result.
Positive emotions can cause dynamic wrinkles as well. Some people speak with their facial features actively engaged in a conversation, raising eyebrows and furrowing the brow to make a point, or out of habit.
When the underlying muscles are creating dynamic wrinkles, neurotoxins are a popular way to give these muscles a rest. Botox has long been the muscle-relaxer of choice, although Dysport may be effective for targeted areas, such as vertical lines between the eyes. Botox, Dysport and a similar option, Jeuveau, work on the deeper muscle, preventing frown lines by making the injected muscle too relaxed to frown. With less underlying muscle tension, forehead wrinkles soften.
When wrinkles are caused mostly by loss of volume and collagen in the skin, a different type of injectable may be the best solution. Dermal fillers such as Juvéderm Volbella, Juvéderm XC, Juvéderm Vollure, Juvéderm Voluma XC, Juvéderm Ultra, and Restylane Kysse, Silk, Lyft, Refyne and Defyne all build facial volume, smooth fine lines, improve deep 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.
A Lasting Solution
A minimally invasive temporal (outer) brow lift offers a more permanent solution by tightening skin, erasing lines and raising the outer eyebrows to create a happier, more relaxed look. To allow for the surgical lifting of skin, a small incision is made beyond your hairline and the outer portion of the brow is gently lifted. The inner portion is not lifted, nor is the whole brow, in order to avoid the “surprised” look. Temporal brow lifts are often done in conjunction with eyelid surgery or facelift.
To learn more about treatment solutions for dynamic forehead wrinkles, or to schedule an in-office or online appointment, call or email Dr. Min S. Ahn of The Aesthetic Wellness Center today.