Forehead Wrinkles – Everything you need to know
Forehead lines or wrinkles are skin creases that run horizontally across the forehead from the hairline to the eyebrows. These lines on the forehead are caused by contraction of Frontalis muscle which is a muscle of facial expression present on the forehead. The muscle contracts to express surprise. In a young face, the surprise lines disappear immediately afterwards. As we age, they tend to become permanent.
For some people, forehead wrinkles is a sign of wisdom. But most people don’t find wrinkles attractive. Wrinkles on the face make you look old. If you don’t like those forehead lines, read this complete guide to understanding skin ageing and the most effective ways to remove the forehead wrinkles.
Or you may book a consultation. At Kalpana Aesthetics we evaluate your face as a whole and suggest the best-customised treatment plan for you.
So, What are wrinkles?
Wrinkles are a break in the normal continuity of skin fibres. The skin is made of collagen and elastin fibres which give support and elasticity to the skin. The elasticity of the skin is the ability to snap back in place when pulled.
What are the types of forehead wrinkles?
These are skin creases which appear only when the muscle moves to express an emotion. So a logical solution would be to stop the muscle from moving much this is precisely achieved with Botox® anti-wrinkle injection treatment which prevents the muscles from contracting.
These are permanent wrinkles that stay even at rest and are exaggerated when the muscle moves to express an emotion. These are treated by a multi-modality approach. Botox anti-wrinkle therapy is instituted to prevent muscle contraction which prevents exaggeration. Fillers injections or Fat Fill Procedure is done to correct volume loss and smooth out the forehead skin.
Ever wondered, Why do I have wrinkles on my forehead?
There are a few simple reasons for that. Knowing them will help you delay the inevitable and help you get rid of wrinkles.
During the natural process of aging, the skin gradually loses collagen and elastin fibers which give strength elasticity and tightness to the skin. The skin gradually thins out. The muscle activity is more visible through the skin. When the skin is young, surprise lines are formed only when the muscle contracts. Gradually the lines become fine lines which are present even when the muscle is not moving. Which convert to deep lines.
Some people develop wrinkles at an earlier age while others enjoy a wrinkle free period for a long time. Shape and position of various parts of the face are also linked to our genetic traits. like the shape of the nose, eye color, eyebrows, lips etc.
The unwanted activity of the forehead muscle causes wrinkles or permanent lines on the forehead which makes one look old and anxious. A smooth forehead conveys a calm and composed personality
The most critical factor affecting skin is the UV radiation of sunlight. It contributes up to 95% to skin damage. By damaging the skin structures, it increases the effects of ageing. So proper use of Sunscreens and sun protection is a must to prevent wrinkles.
How to prevent forehead wrinkles?
Wrinkles on the different parts of the face behave differently. Forehead wrinkles are not preventable because of two reasons.
- One, the skin of the forehead is tightly applied to the underlying muscle with very little subcutaneous fat and
- Second, the forehead muscle is powerful, which moves very often without our conscious control.
Physically, wrinkles are a break in the continuity of fibres in the skin. Once broken they are a little challenging to repair. As far as the forehead lines are concerned preventing muscle movement with the help of anti-wrinkle injections remains the best option. Skincare might be helpful but is useful for the rest of the face.
Skin Care is a vast topic to discuss. Let us not delve deep into it, but a few basic facts will surely help.
- Avoid sun at all costs. Wear a sunscreen.
- Do not use harsh soaps on the face. Even milder ones should not be used more than two times a day.
- No smoking.
- At least 6-8 hours sleep (Beauty sleep)
- Please be sceptical of all home remedies. We can neither prove or disprove the effectivity of the more than a million home-remedies doing rounds on gossip channels and beauty magazines. But they inevitably distract you away from what is truly important and scientifically proven.
- Never self-medicate. Cosmetic procedures are best done by trained professionals.
How to get rid of Forehead Wrinkles?
One simple answer – Anti Wrinkle injections,
But before that, there is one crucial fact to remember.
Permanent forehead wrinkles rarely ever occur in isolation. They are usually accompanied by other wrinkles on the face. And like all wrinkles, they are a break in the continuity of skin fibres.
All of the home remedies to remove forehead lines are an absolute waste of time. Forehead wrinkles are not preventable unless you start botulinum toxin therapy at a young age, maybe around the mid-30s. All we can do is delay the inevitable.
The great news is that there is a way to stop the muscle from contracting. Botulinum toxin injections like Botox® achieve muscle relaxation. Doctors have perfected the art of muscle relaxation so much that they can target a specific region at a time and remove wrinkles without affecting the rest of the face. Botox injections are all the rage right now. They are safe and effective and are an essential part of the prevention strategy.
Dermal Fillers and Fat Fill
Unfortunately, the deeply etched lines do not go away even after relaxing the forehead muscle. As such they are break inside the skin. Different cosmetic procedures help to make them less noticeable. The best technique that gives immediate results is by using Filler injections. Fat Fill is another technique where unwanted fat from other areas of the body is taken and injected in the forehead to smoothen out wrinkles.
Whether you have fine wrinkles or deep lines the first step is to begin following a healthy skin care routine immediately. Consult your specialist so that they may evaluate you and provide a customised skin-care plan.
Dr. Vishal Purohit
Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeon
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