Forehead wrinkles become more common with age as our skin loses elasticity over time. Muscle contractions involved in facial expression can also cause creases and fine lines, especially near the forehead. This can be a common source of insecurity, with many individuals seeking professional treatment to smooth out their skin and look younger.
In recent years, there have been many medical advancements that make it easier than ever before to reduce forehead wrinkles and maintain a youthful appearance. There are over-the-counter creams and ointments, but you can also seek professional help through aesthetic medicine.
Below, we will go over some of the best treatments for forehead wrinkles.
Topical Creams And Lotions
Many people adopt a stricter skin care regimen as they get older to prevent signs of aging like wrinkles and fine lines. High-quality over-the-counter products can help you maintain a youthful look and potentially decrease the appearance of existing wrinkles.
Most dermatologists recommend creams containing Retinols, hyaluronic acid, and collagen. As the majority of skin damage is caused by sun exposure, wearing a high SPF sunscreen daily is also recommended.
For more severe forehead wrinkles, talk to a dermatologist about prescription-strength topical creams. These have a higher concentration of the active ingredients found in over-the-counter products and may be more effective.
Botox And Dermal Fillers
Both Botox and dermal fillers are non-invasive options that can smooth out skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Botox works by blocking nerve signals responsible for facial contractions, paralyzing these muscles. The result is smoother skin and less defined wrinkles. Botox injections take only a few minutes and you can resume your regular activities immediately after treatment.
Dermal fillers do not paralyze muscles, but they contain substances that add volume to the face to make your skin look more youthful. This reduces the appearance of forehead wrinkles.
There are a variety of dermal fillers on the market. Booking a consultation with a practitioner can help you determine which filler would work best for your goals. Fillers can be used on their own or in conjunction with Botox treatments.
Commonly used fillers include:
- Juvéderm: Voluma, Vollure, Vobella, Ultra, and Ultra Plus
- Restylane: Refyne, Defyne, Lyft, Silk, and Kysse
- Radiesse: A hydroxyapatite-based filler
- Sculptra: Not a traditional filler, but works by naturally building collagen
- Renuva: Also not a traditional filler, but builds new fat cells in the treatment site.
Like Botox, getting dermal fillers only takes a few minutes and you can resume most regular activities immediately. Depending on the filler and the treatment site, your practitioner may ask that you avoid makeup or stay out of the sun for a few days.
Laser and Energy Based Treatment For Forehead Wrinkles
Laser and energy based treatments are still non-invasive, but slightly more intensive than Botox or dermal fillers. They can be used for deeper, more defined forehead wrinkles. Laser treatments work by stimulating the production of proteins such as collagen and elastin, which smooths out skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
There are many different types of laser treatments currently on the market. As with dermal fillers, the best way to determine what’s right for you is a consultation with a practitioner.
Common laser treatments include:
- CO2 uses pulsating beams of light to remove the outermost layer of skin while heating the underlying skin, stimulating collagen production
- IPL Photo Facials emit pulses of broad spectrum light that act on deeper layers of the skin, tightening and smoothing skin
- Clear + Brilliant is an anti-aging treatment that uses laser energy to create millions of treatment zones that repair damaged skin.
- Fractionated erbium lasers create microscopic injuries with a grid of tiny beams, which triggers the production of collagen and elastin.
- Elos (RF) uses both optical and radiofrequency energy to heat skin, causing it to tighten and smooth out.
- Ultherapy (HIFU) uses ultrasound energy beneath the skin’s surface to trigger collagen production and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin
- Forma (RF) uses a combination of radio frequency and heat to promote collagen production to create a more youthful appearance
Recovery from laser treatment varies. Some treatments have little to no recovery downtime, while other options may require a few weeks of rest.
Skin Tightening Treatment for Forehead Wrinkles
These are energy based treatments that specifically target skin tightening and texture with less focus on resurfacing. This group is also more invasive because these devices physically penetrate the skin with microneedles.
Fractora is an anti-aging procedure that improves skin tone and texture through resurfacing and ablation. It is intended for people over 30 and often used for deeper, more set-in wrinkles.
Fractora works by delivering thermal energy to the skin through tiny pins, which injure the skin slightly. This both removes damaged skin and promotes new collagen growth as the skin works to repair itself. The result is smoother, tighter skin overall.
Fractora treatment takes about an hour on average. Your practitioner will apply topical anesthetic and then run a handheld device over the treatment area. Most patients require two to three sessions. Some results are visible right away, but your skin will continue to improve for three to six months.
After Fractora treatment, you will need two to three days of downtime to heal.
Morpheus uses a combination of microneedling and radiofrequency energy to tighten skin tissue and improve overall skin quality. Morpheus’s main advantage is that it offers more customizable results as it can target specific layers of skin.
Morpheus treatment is similar to Fractora. Your practitioner applies topical anesthetic and runs a handheld device over the treatment area. Treatment takes between 15 minutes and an hour.
You should be able to resume most daily activities immediately following treatment, although it is recommended you avoid the sun after treatment.
Profound is a newer treatment, but has already been proven highly effective at reducing signs of aging including forehead wrinkles. Profound combines microneedling and radiofrequency energy. It differs from similar treatments in that it uses long pulses and lower heat settings, which more effectively produce elastin.
Profound microneedling is able to deliver radiofrequency energy to the deepest dermal layers and the subsequent heat triggers a process called the “thermocollagenesis” effect. This spurs the production of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid.
During Profound, your practitioner applies a topical anesthetic before running the Profound device over the treatment area. Profound sessions take about an hour to complete. Unlike other options, you only need a single session to see results.
The one drawback to Profound is that it entails a longer recovery time. You will need a week of downtime to allow swelling and bruising to subside, but you can return to non-strenuous activities within 24 hours.
Treatment For Forehead Wrinkles: The Bottom Line
Wrinkles become more common as we age, especially in areas like the forehead. A quality skincare routine can help you maintain young-looking skin long-term, but sometimes more severe wrinkles can benefit from aesthetic medicine.
There are many non-invasive, low-risk procedures available that can address forehead wrinkles and other issues like sun damage, discoloration, and sagging skin. A consultation with a professional can help you decide which treatment route is best for you.
Ready to get started? BLUSH’s practitioners have extensive experience with numerous procedures designed to treat wrinkles and more. Book a consultation today to talk over your options.