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Horizontal Forehead Lines

Horizontal forehead lines are often among the first visible signs of ageing. These creases are a common complaint of people who feel that lines in this area make them look older or more worried than they truly are. Thankfully, there is a way to reduce these lines. Muscle relaxant treatments can cause the underlying muscles to relax, smoothing forehead wrinkles.

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Treating Horizontal Forehead Lines

Repeated muscle movements over time cause these horizontal lines. As you raise your eyebrows, lines form. Eventually, the lines become deeper and remain permanently, even when your forehead muscles are relaxed. Muscle relaxant treatments can relax the frontalis muscle of the forehead, causing it to stop contracting. Because your forehead comprises a third of your face, this treatment can have a dramatic impact on your appearance. Clients with particularly deep forehead lines may wish to combine this treatment with dermal filler injections to fill in the forehead’s indentations.

Who is suitable to have this treatment?

Candidates for this treatment are concerned about their forehead wrinkles. Ideal candidates are searching for a treatment that focuses on the appearance of the forehead. Horizontal line treatments are available for adults of any age. Many clients find this treatment makes them look more relaxed and rejuvenated.

Most adults in good overall health can receive this treatment.

What to Expect

Horizontal forehead lines are treated during a clinic visit lasting under an hour. A muscle relaxant, which blocks signals from the nerves to the muscle, is injected, causing it to weaken and affecting its ability to contract.

A thin needle is used to deliver the anti-wrinkle solution directly into the frontalis muscle of the forehead. Some patients also opt for dermal filler injections to fill in deep forehead creases.

Clients can return home or work immediately, with no required downtime. Within a few days of the injections, the muscle relaxant results will begin to be noticeable. 

As the muscle underlying the forehead lines weaken, the creases become smoother. In about ten days, the full effect will be visible. The effects usually last 3-4 months. As the injected relaxant wears off, the forehead muscle will regain its ability to contract, and the horizontal lines will reappear. To maintain their smoother foreheads, many clients undergo periodic treatments

What Causes Horizontal Lines on the Forehead?

Horizontal lines and wrinkles on the forehead are caused by several factors, including repeated muscle movement and ageing of the skin. The frontalis muscle is responsible for the raising of the eyebrows and facial expressions. When you lift your eyebrows, this muscle causes superficial horizontal lines across the forehead. Over time, these lines become more noticeable and visible even with a resting facial expression. 

Ageing of the skin is also a significant contributor to the formation of lines and wrinkles. As the body ages, the skin loses elasticity and volume. The body produces less collagen and elastin, and the effects of gravity and skin laxity cause wrinkles to appear. 

The ageing of the skin can be made worse by sun damage. Excessive exposure to the sun’s powerful UV rays causes the collagen in the skin to break down faster. 

Can You Get Rid Of Forehead Lines?

Yes. Many clients are able to reverse forehead lines using anti-wrinkle injections. If the wrinkles are set deeper into the skin, you may not be able to eliminate them entirely with this treatment alone. For more severe wrinkles and deep lines, your clinician may recommend combining dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections to achieve your desired results. 

Does Muscle Relaxant Work on Horizontal Forehead Lines?

Anti-wrinkle injections are the most effective treatment for horizontal forehead lines. The injectable relaxes the overactive muscles that cause the wrinkles to form. 

By blocking the nerve signal to the overactive muscle, muscle relaxant stop the muscle from contracting. This allows the skin to smooth back into its original shape and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. 

The results typically last for 3 to 4 months. 

How Much Muscle Relaxant Do I Need to Treat Horizontal Forehead Wrinkles?

Your clinician will determine the number of units required during your free consultation here at b clinic. Muscle relaxant injection products are medication and need to be administered by a trained practitioner.

After listening to your concerns and evaluating your horizontal forehead lines, your clinician will tailor the treatment to you. We use as much product as necessary to achieve optimal results. You get smoother, younger-looking skin by combining the appropriate dosage with a skilled injector and precise placement.

If you require more product to achieve your desired results, a free touch up is performed at your treatment review. This complimentary follow-up appointment is around 2 weeks after your initial treatment.

How Long Do Treatment Results Last?

The results of anti-wrinkle injections for forehead lines last for 3 to 4 months. The longevity of results can vary. Over time, the muscle relaxant will wear off, and the lines will reappear. With repeated treatments, the effects of treatment tend to last longer. Most clients return to the clinic for a follow-up treatment every 10 to 12 weeks. 

What Results Can You Expect After Treatment?

You may start to notice improvement within the first few days, with the full results visible 10 days after your treatment. Immediately after the injection, the anti-wrinkle product is absorbed by the nerve cells that control the muscle. While the product quickly binds to these cells, it takes time for the muscle contraction to weaken. When the product takes full effect over the next 10 days, fine lines and wrinkles in the skin appear smoother.

Is There Any Downtime?

Anti-wrinkle injections are known as a lunchtime cosmetic procedure. The procedure can be performed in less than an hour in the clinic, and you can go straight back to work in the afternoon. There is no downtime required. 

You might notice small red bumps around the injection sites, but this usually disappears within a couple of hours of treatment and can be concealed using make-up. 

Is the Treatment Painful?

As with any injection, you may experience some mild discomfort during the procedure. A tiny, thin needle is used, and most clients report that pain is minimal. If you have a low pain threshold, a topical numbing cream may be applied to help reduce any discomfort. 

Are There Any Alternative Treatments for Forehead Wrinkles?

If you have deep-set wrinkles caused by volume loss, your practitioner may recommend dermal fillers as a part of your treatment plan. Dermal fillers are an injectable treatment that uses a gel based substance to soften lines and replace lost volume. When forehead lines and wrinkles are set into the skin, a combination of anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers can provide the best treatment results.

Possible Risks and Complications

The injection process can cause redness, swelling, bruising and tenderness. These side effects dissipate within two to three days and can be hidden with make-up. Some clients report that their forehead initially feels heavy due to the weakening of the forehead muscle. This feeling usually fades over 2-3 weeks. Following treatment, avoid touching your forehead for 12 hours and do not lie down for 4 hours. These actions can cause the injected muscle relaxer to migrate and affect the surrounding muscles. Serious complications are rare and may include infection or long-term numbness of the treated area.

Rough Costs Involved

Many clients combine this wrinkle treatment with a volumising treatment, which fill in the skin indentation to further smooth the appearance of the forehead. This combination treatment does come with an added cost. To learn more about the costs of smoothing horizontal forehead creases, schedule a free consultation today!

Horizontal Forehead Line Treatment *Individual results may vary