Treating Horizontal 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. Patients 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 patients find this treatment makes them look more relaxed and rejuvenated.
Most adults in good overall health are able to receive this treatment.
What to Expect
Horizontal forehead lines are treated during an office 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.
Patients can return home or to work immediately, with no required downtime. Because of the short treatment process and lack of downtime, horizontal line injections have become a popular “lunchtime rejuvenation” treatment.
Within a few days of the injections, the results of the muscle relaxant 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. In order to maintain their smoother foreheads, many patients undergo periodic treatments.
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 patients 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
This treatment usually requires one area of muscle relaxant, for a total cost of $230. Many patients combine this anti-wrinkle injection treatment with injections of dermal fillers, 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 consultation visit today.