Forehead wrinkles are commonly seen in aging skin and appears as horizontal lines running across the forehead.
To assess your forehead wrinkles, simply look into the mirror and try raising your eyebrows!
The main muscle of facial expression in the forehead is called the frontalis and its job is to raise your eyebrows.
Repetitive contraction of the frontalis muscle over time coupled with decreasing amounts of collagen and elastin in the skin as one ages contributes to the appearance of forehead lines and wrinkles.
Other factors that may worsen the appearance of forehead wrinkles include dry skin, increased UV exposure, smoking and other unhealthy lifestyle habits.
BTX is one of the best wrinkle treatment solutions and is one of the most popular aesthetic injectable treatment in the market.
BTX improves wrinkles by relaxing the frontalis muscle, thereby reducing the frequency and intensity of the muscle's contraction.
In summary, less muscle contraction = less skin movement = improvement in lines and wrinkles.
BTX works by interfering in the conduction of nerve signals to the muscle.
Lesser nerve signals reaching the muscle = less contraction
During the consultation, Dr Edwin will analyse your wrinkles and formulate a customised treatment plan with you.
After marking out the injection points and confirming the dosage to be injected, the treatment area will be "iced" to reduce discomfort and risk of bruising.
BTX injections are carried out using a tiny needle. Discomfort is minimal and at most, feels like a small ant bite.
After treatment, small bumps containing BTX will be seen at the injection site. These bumps resemble small mosquito bumps and will disappear after 4 to 6 hours.
It is important that patients do not massage or press on these bumps as that may cause BTX to diffuse into an undesirable area.
If there is bruising, the intensive recovery cream is recommended to speed up the recovery of bruises.
In steady hands, discomfort is little to none. Furthermore, Dr Edwin uses tiny needles as well as applying ice prior to each injection to keep discomfort as minimal as possible.
Forehead BTX typically lasts around 3 to 4 months for a "natural" dosage and between 4 to 6 months for higher doses in those who request for a more "frozen" look.
BTX forehead results usually take between 3 to 10 days to appear. After 2 weeks, if more BTX is required, please arrange an appointment and Dr Edwin will discuss with you to assess if more BTX is recommended.
No, done correctly, BTX should not make an individual look fake.
An experienced doctor will be able to recommend the ideal BTX dosage to achieve your desired appearance.
For example, those who prefer a more "natural" look will receive a lower dosage of BTX compared to those who prefer a more "frozen / stiff" look.
Those opting for a more natural look will still retain around 30-40% of muscle movement. However, retaining a certain degree muscle movement would mean that some wrinkles and lines may still be present.
For those who prefer minimal wrinkles, Dr Edwin will recommend a higher dosage to keep muscle movement to a minimum. However, minimal muscle movement translates to lesser facial expressions and hence a more "frozen / stiff" appearance.
After forehead BTX, patients may experience bruising and swelling at the injection sites. The swelling from BTX usually disappears in a few hours whilst bruising tends to fade after a few days.
Side effects such as eyelid and eyebrow ptosis is extremely rare when BTX is performed by an experienced doctor.
Aside from forehead wrinkles, other common areas treated with BTX include
Learn more about BTX injections for other areas here.
Treating wrinkles is a two pronged approach. BTX injections help to relax muscular contractions and is the first part of the equation.
Treatments that focus on boosting skin collagen levels are the next focus.
Micro injections of polynucleotides (PN) derived from salmon DNA into the skin stimulate collagen production by increasing the proliferation of fibroblasts.
Learn more about Rejuran Healer here.
Ultraformer 3 HIFU
High intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) uses medical grade ultrasound energy to stimulate collagen for skin tightening as well as face lifting benefits.
Learn more about HIFU here.
Every clinic offers different BTX neurotoxin treatment options for the improvement of wrinkles. No one clinic is same as the other. If you want to make sure that BTX neurotoxin treatments are performed safely and effectively, make sure that the clinic is experienced in offering such BTX neurotoxin injections. The clinic should also offer information on the various types of neurotoxins before proceeding.