How are forehead lines treated?
Anti-wrinkle injections are placed into the forehead muscle reduce the appearance of lines. The amount of injections needed depends on how much movement you have in the forehead, the depth of the lines and the width of the forehead.
How many injections / units do I need to treat forehead lines?
Generally speaking – the more lines on the forehead the more injections are needed to treat them. We often use between 5 and 9 units to treat a forehead. In the diagrams below we have an example of a patient being treated with 5 injections (5 units) and a second patient having 9 injections (9 units). The second patient has had more units because they have a higher hairline and a larger area to cover.
Dr Brown from Cityskin discussing how to treat forehead lines
How to treat forehead lines and avoid dropping your eyebrow height
When we treat forehead lines in women we always recommend treating the frown muscle at the same time. The picture below shows what can happen to the eyebrows if we just treat forehead lines. The face on the left shows the face without anti-wrinkle treatment. At rest, the eyebrows are held up by the forehead muscles (shown by the arrows pointing upwards) and are pulled down by the frown and muscles around the eyes. At rest these muscles are in balance.
The picture on the right shows what can happen if just the forehead is treated with anti-wrinkle injections. Anti-wrinkle treatment (shown by the ‘x’ marks on the forehead) relaxes the forehead muscles so there are less muscles lifting the eyebrows. The frown and muscles around the eyes continue to pull down so the overall effect is the eyebrows are pulled down and sit lower.
To prevent heavy eyebrows after forehead treatment we always treat the frown as well as the forehead. This reduces the muscles pulling the eyebrows down and reduces the muscles pulling up, thereby leaving the eyebrows at the same level.
How long after injection will I notice results?
It takes between 5 and 12 days for the effects to become noticeable, depending on the brand of anti-wrinkle product used. The most well recognised anti-wrinkle brand takes about 10-12 days to take effect and the ‘European’ brand takes around 5 days to take effect.
How many units are needed to treat forehead lines?
A female forehead would typically need from 4-10 units to treat the forehead, males would need up to 20 units. A unit is a measure of anti-wrinkle treatment. Read about units here.
How much will treatment cost?
Visit our cost page for a full breakdown of treatment costs.
Forehead line before and after photos
Below are examples of before / after pictures of patients that we have treated at Cityskin clinic. The patient in the first photo has had 7 units to treat forehead lines, the patient in the second photo having 9 units. Photos were taken 2 weeks after treatment.
How long does it take for forehead treatments to work?
It takes between 5 days and 10 days for forehead lines to take effect. This can vary depending on the brand of product used. Read about which is the best anti-wrinkle brand.
What does it look like on the day, 3 days and 1 week after treatment?
The photo above shows one of our model patients having anti-wrinkle treatment to her forehead. The photo on the far left shows the patient lifting her eyebrows on the day of treatment, the middle photo shows movement after day 3 and the photo on the right shows movement in the forehead after day 7. As a legal disclaimer we must mention that results can vary.
The video below follows a Cityskin patient who has had forehead lines treated and how it looks each day.
Potential risks of forehead line treatment
Thankfully complications are rare after anti-wrinkle injections to the forehead. If too few units are used then there may be too much movement and more units may be needed. If too many units are used then the brow/eyebrows may feel heavy. Our practitioners are all experts in forehead line treatment and can assess how many units you will need to achieve the look and feel that you are after.
How to avoid the ‘frozen look’ after forehead injections
The video below shows Dr Brown discussing how to avoid the over-treated / frozen look when treating foreheads. We have also written an article on how to avoid the frozen look.
In this video, Dr Jonathan Brown discusses treating forehead lines in women and men. It is important, when treating forehead lines in women, to treat the frown area as well. This prevents heaviness of the eyebrows after treatment.
How to avoid causing heavy eyebrows after forehead anti-wrinkle treatment
The diagram above shows the main muscles of the upper face. Frontalis is the forehead muscle which lifts the eyebrows. Have a look in the mirror and lift your eyebrows -this is frontalis working. If this muscle alone is treated then frontalis is relaxed which means the height of the eyebrows drops. It can be quite a masculinising feature so not ideal for females. By treating the glabella (frown area, made up of ‘procerus and corrugator muscles above) this can prevent the eyebrows from dropping in height.