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  • Lines and wrinkles on the forehead can be effectively treated with injectable fillers
  • Hyaluronic acid fillers plump and smooth the skin, with results lasting 6–12 months or longer
  • Forehead fillers cost an average of $684–$717 per syringe
  • Botox can be used in tandem with fillers to target for additional benefits

Repetitive frowning and lifting of the eyebrows can cause forehead lines and wrinkles to form. These lines are also referred to as expression lines or dynamic wrinkles. To counteract these effects, injectable fillers can soften or eliminate them altogether. Forehead fillers are temporary, but effective treatments that will plump up the dermal layer skin to fill in lines and creases.

How Do Fillers Work?

Dermal fillers are gel-based solutions that are injected into the skin to contour the face, restore lost volume, plump skin and fill in static lines and deep wrinkles. They can also add fullness to thin lips, definitions and volume to cheeks, and improve the appearance of depressed acne scars. 

While some fillers have fallen out of favor, there are others that have gained in popularity in recent years. These use biodegradable substances that are naturally and safely absorbed by the body with time, are effective and have a good safety profile:

  • Hyaluronic acid (HA)
  • Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA)

Can you use them on your forehead?

Dermal fillers are not FDA-approved for use in the forehead area; however they have been used in the aesthetics field successfully for this purpose for decades. While there are some risks of adverse effects, they are typically well tolerated. Of note is that each type of filler is associated with a different set of adverse effects.

For all fillers, injection technique is critical to achieve best results and to avoid complications.       

Best Forehead Fillers for Lines and Wrinkles

Temporary, biodegradable fillers such as hyaluronic acid fillers are best for lines and wrinkles on the forehead. There are many brand names, each with their own range of products. The specific filler chosen will depend on several factors such as the severity of your wrinkles, and the elasticity and age of your skin.

Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found within the body and is responsible for lubricating joints, hydrating tissue and supporting the skin barrier. As a humectant, it has a unique capacity to attract and retain water. It also stimulates collagen production which plays a key role in increasing strength and elasticity in skin.

Hyaluronic acid fillers are therefore a popular choice due to these characteristics; they also have a strong safety profile as they are naturally compatible with the body and rarely cause allergic reactions.

Two such hyaluronic fillers that can effectively address lines and wrinkles are Juvederm and Restylane. Both brands carry a full product line to target specific areas of the face and take into account severity and depth of lines and wrinkles. These fillers are the most widely used in the United States.

Results can last 6–12 months depending on a number of variables such as concentration, viscosity and particle size of any given product.

Calcium hydroxylapatite is another biodegradable filler and is indicated for moderate-to-severe folds in the face. As such, these would be ideal for deep furrows along the forehead. Radiesse is one brand name that is commonly used.

Side Effects of Using Forehead Fillers

Filler injections are considered to be a safe, noninvasive treatments when performed by a trained experienced professional; however there are still some risks of side effects including:

  • Bruising
  • Erythema
  • Formation of small bumps
  • Swelling

These effects are temporary and should resolve within 1–2 weeks.

More serious side effects include:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Formation of hard lumps or nodules
  • Infection
  • Nerve paralysis
  • Tissue damage
  • Vision loss

Should you experience any one of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.

How Much Do Forehead Fillers Cost?

The cost of forehead fillers will differ greatly depending on your location and your chosen provider.

On average, the cost for one session of hyaluronic acid filler is around $684–$717 per syringe but this amount can vary greatly depending on the number of vials required.

When Should You Use Botox?

Botox is another injectable that smooths wrinkles through a different mechanism; it temporarily paralyzes muscles to prevent wrinkles from forming. Botox targets dynamic wrinkles that are formed through repeated facial expressions.

Botox is FDA-approved for use in the forehead area, and has been proven to smooth the skin and soften the look of lines and wrinkles. 

Botox can be an effective preventative measure early in life to prevent these lines from forming,  and as a treatment to prevent already formed lines from deepening. For deeper lines and furrows, it can be used as combination therapy with forehead fillers for greater results.  

Takeaway

Forehead wrinkles and lines can be effectively treated with hyaluronic acid fillers – the gold standard in anti-aging treatments. These gel-like substances can soften the look of lines and wrinkles, attract and retain moisture within the skin and stimulate collagen production to rejuvenate skin.

Hyaluronic acid fillers have a strong safety profile and offer consistently reliable results. There are many brands and specific formulas available according to your needs. Botox can also be used in combination with fillers to soften existing wrinkles and to prevent new lines from forming.

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