NATURAL EFFECTS OF AGING: FOREHEAD WRINKLES

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The forehead is especially susceptible to signs of aging, simply because it’s so expressive. Surprise, concern, interest, disbelief, anger, joy and the majority of other human emotions all transform the brow and shift the eyebrows. Repetitive expressions over many years eventually become wrinkles, and wrinkles eventually become deep creases. These “memory lines” in the forehead have a tendency to make a person look concerned, stern, or just older than they actually are.

HOW WE TREAT IT

Muscles tend to work in opposing directions. In the brow, one set of muscles pulls the forehead up while depressor muscles are pulling down. We use Botox to treat various muscle groups, relaxing them, and rebalancing the amount of upward and downward pulling forces. After just one treatment, patients often look noticeably less angry, less serious, and more relaxed.

Care must be taken not to over-treat the forehead muscles. Too much lift can result in an unattractive, surprised expression. Some inexperienced doctors will over-relax the muscles, leaving the face with hardly any expression at all! An expert injector who has comprehensive training in facial anatomy can appropriately relax the muscles without paralyzing them, and treat the depressor groups to create just the right amount of lift, creating noticeable improvements with a natural appearance.

With regular treatments, lines can dissipate and the patient can develop a smoother forehead. After a few years, muscles adjust to the new balance, and treatments can become less frequent and even more refined.

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