How to Get Rid of Forehead Lines

Horizontal forehead lines, also known as worry lines, are caused by the action of one large forehead muscle called the frontalis muscle. The frontalis muscle is responsible for lifting the brows, meaning these horizontal forehead lines form naturally over time as a person makes surprised or emphatic expressions. Similar to frown lines, the number and depth of these lines, as well as their treatment, depends on a particular person’s anatomy.

It is also often the case that when people have low eyebrows or extra skin on their lids, they tend to raise their brows, subconsciously, in order to see better. Raising your brows in this way is another common cause of horizontal forehead lines.

In both instances, there are two basic types of forehead lines that form. The first type are those that appear with our natural expressions which, in the case of forehead lines, are any expressions that involve raising the brow line. These lines are known as dynamic lines. The deeper lines that are present even when your face is relaxed require different treatment. These lines are referred to as static lines.

Treatment for Forehead Lines

Botox is the ideal treatment for dynamic forehead lines. Botox treats these forehead lines by temporarily relaxing the frontalis muscle that raises the brows. By relaxing the area, the skin naturally regenerates, allowing dynamic lines to disappear naturally.

In the event that your forehead lines are more static, Botox alone will not help in alleviating them. These more pronounced lines will require a treatment pairing of Botox and a filler such as Volbella or Restylane Silk in order to entirely alleviate them.

However, in the event your forehead lines are very deep when your face is relaxed, a pairing of Botox with a light dermal filler treatment could be recommended upon consultation.

Botox Treatment for Forehead Lines

Things to Be Aware Of

When you have a new treatment, it is advisable to see your cosmetic surgeon after a few weeks. At this point, subtle adjustments can be made. In addition, by allowing your surgeon to see the results of the treatment, he or she will have more information when planning your next treatment.

It is also important to keep in mind that when you relax the frontalis muscle, you are relaxing the muscle that is also responsible for lifting the eyebrows. Therefore, a treatment can make your brows sit lower and, for some people, that can make the upper eyelid space look too full and heavy. A skilled physician can balance the treatment so that you do not end up with what is commonly referred to as a “droopy eyebrow.” However, there may be a compromise and the wrinkles may be only partially treated.

If you are interested in seeking treatment for horizontal forehead lines, our doctors are ready to consult with you to help find the ideal treatment to help you look your best.