The popularity of Botox has turned this brand name into a verb. Many people use it to describe any successful facial skin rejuvenation activity. If you get dermal fillers or your anti-aging serum has magical effects, you may be mistaken for someone who “Botoxed” their face.
The forehead is one of the most common Botox areas. Let’s see why Botox for the forehead is so popular, what the procedure looks like, and how efficient it is.
Botox for Forehead: Efficacy
Botox injected into the forehead temporarily reduces the appearance of parallel forehead wrinkles. The efficacy of Botox depends on several factors:
1. Age when you start the Botox treatments
Our skin cells start aging in our 20s. Many people start preventative Botox treatments around this time, especially if their forehead lines are showing.
Patients report that regular, long-term Botox use can prolong the treatment’s effects and cause the muscles to contract less even without the neurotoxin. As a result, the formation of dynamic wrinkles on the forehead from raising your eyebrows slows down. The earlier you start using Botox for your forehead, the longer it will appear smooth and youthful.
2. The state of your forehead skin
If you start using Botox for your forehead later in life when you’ve already developed prominent wrinkles, the effects of Botox may not be as strong as you hope. The injections will reduce the appearance of wrinkles, but they may not fully eliminate them. Talk to your medical provider to discuss your forehead skin condition and how much Botox can smooth it out.
3. The injector’s expertise
Only a licensed medical professional can administer Botox.
To avoid undesired effects from Botox, choose an experienced cosmetic injector with a proven track record of successful treatments. The injections need to be administered precisely. If too much Botox is used or if it is not injected into the correct site, the neurotoxin can migrate to other areas of the face, leading to unnatural facial expressions.
4. Your behavior before and after the treatment
Your medical provider will give you recommendations about what to do before and after the treatment. You may need to temporarily stop taking blood-thinning drugs, take a break from nicotine, alcohol, and sugar, or refrain from certain activities after the procedure.
Your lifestyle habits in the weeks and months after the treatment will also contribute to the longevity of Botox. For example, if you expose your skin to the sun without SPF protection, drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes in excess, or have other unhealthy lifestyle habits, the effects of Botox may wear off more quickly.
Botox for Forehead: Treatment Procedure
Botox is a botulinum toxin injection that relaxes muscle movement in the injection site by blocking nerve signals to the muscle. The forehead is one of three FDA-approved facial areas for Botox anti-wrinkle treatment.
The Botox for forehead procedure is quick and straightforward. Your Botox administrator may apply a numbing cream to the injection site to prevent any pain from the injection. Then, they inject a small dose of Botox into the frontalis muscle to treat the parallel lines across the forehead. The treatment lasts a few minutes`.
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What to Do After Botox in the Forehead
Botox for forehead lines requires no downtime. After the treatment, you may resume your daily routine, minus any activities your medical provider has warned you against. Those activities typically include:
- Cardio exercise during the first 24 hours
- Lying down during the first four hours
- Sun and heat exposure during the first 24 hours
- Drinking alcohol during the first 24 hours
- Other facial skin treatments as advised by your doctor
How Long Does Botox in the Forehead Last?
The effects of Botox in the forehead usually last three to six months. To get the most out of your neurotoxin’s anti-wrinkling effects, you will want to schedule another treatment three months after the previous session.
Are There Any Side Effects of Botox in the Forehead?
The most common side effects of forehead Botox are swelling and bruising at the injection site. Fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent bruising after Botox.
A headache and drooping eyelids are less common Botox side effects.
Allergic reactions, difficulty breathing and swallowing, dry mouth, rashes, fatigue, and blurred vision are very rare after Botox. Contact your medical provider if you experience any of these serious side effects.
How Many Units of Botox Are Required for the Forehead?
Medical practitioners usually inject 2 areas of the forehead to reduce the chances of dropping the brows and to get an overall smoothing effect. On average, 20 units are injected in the glabellar complex between the brows and 10-24 units of Botox are injected in the frontalis muscle to smooth the horizontal wrinkles.
Men tend to have larger and stronger muscles and usually require a higher dose. The average dose for men is 24 units in the glabellar complex and 20 units in the frontalis muscle. Of course, the number of Botox units needed for forehead wrinkles depends on how prominent the wrinkles are and the patient’s desired effects and this will be determined by a practitioner during a consultation.
How Much Is Botox for the Forehead?
At Vibrant Skin Bar, one Botox unit costs $12. One forehead Botox session may cost between $72 and $360, depending on the severity of your wrinkles and your desired effects.
Forehead wrinkles are among the first signs of aging. Thankfully, Botox successfully treats lines across the forehead, giving us the smooth, wrinkle-free look we love. The treatment is quick, minimally invasive, and affordable. Keeping youthful-looking skin as you age is no longer impossible.