Wrinkles in the forehead are never attractive. They can make you look old, worried and stressed. But there are many options available to you to rejuvenate the look of your forehead, including Botox, brow lifts, chemical peels, facial implants, fat injections, fillers, laser resurfacing, brow muscle modification, and the YoungVitalizer.
Botox is a very common approach to improve the wrinkles in the forehead area. Botox is a neuromuscular agent that works on the nerves that innervate the muscles and prevent the movement of the muscles. With less muscle movement, your wrinkles do not deepen. With regular injections, you can decrease your wrinkles that have been etched. However, Botox is not a permanent solution and lasts for three or four months.
Botox helps with the dynamic wrinkles caused by movement and static wrinkles, the ones that do not move. Through the constant relaxation of your facial muscles, your skin can regenerate over time. Botox relaxes the muscles and allows the skin to take a break from the constant forces of the muscle movement and the persistent forces on the wrinkles. Your skin cells are constantly remodeling your skin without external influences.
Brow lifts are another way to improve forehead wrinkles. As a person ages and the eyebrows droop down, people compensate by elevating the eyebrows to improve their vision. But this causes more wrinkles. Brow lifts reverses this problem by elevating the eyebrows and reducing the muscle movement. This prevents some of the wrinkles from being formed.
The procedure can alter your muscles in the brow and allow less movement by the muscles that cause deep wrinkles. The most common area for muscle modification is between the eyebrows. You can have these muscles reduced and decrease the ability to furrow your brows, which creates the “11″ wrinkles (commonly referred wrinkles).
“My goal was to find a method to bring back a person’s natural youthfulness without the operated, unnatural look and that is why I have my patients bring in photos of them when they were age 5 to 30. My YoungVitalizer helps restore natural and youthful contours they haven’t seen in years.”
—Dr. Philip Young, Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
Chemical peels and laser resurfacing with a co2 laser are a couple of other options for improving wrinkles in the forehead. These procedures cause contraction of the skin and reduces the amount of skin in the forehead, up to 1 cm, although the average is between ¼ cm to ½ cm.
These moderate and deep resurfacing techniques can improve wrinkles in the forehead by creating a layer of tissue just under the skin that is responsible for the wrinkle reduction and skin tightening. The other benefits of resurfacing using either chemical peels or co2 laser resurfacing include improvement of pigment disorders and skin texture.
What else causes wrinkles in the forehead? A volume loss in the forehead allows the skin to get closer to your muscles and allow them to exert more influence on the skin. That creates wrinkles. The majority of the volume loss comes from tissue being degraded and reduced by the body over the years.
The volume loss between the skin and the muscles in the face play the biggest part in the development of wrinkles. With the closer proximity of the skin, this extra volume can prevent the influence of the facial muscles on the skin. The effects of volumizing has immediate and long term effects. As soon as you volumize your face, your skin will look better. Imagine a balloon and notice when you pump it up and add air, the more it stretches. The balloon’s rubber covering becomes more stretched. You can notice the balloon appearing shinier as more air is inflated in it.
Volumizing plays a big role in facial rejuvenation. What you are seeing more and more these days is cosmetic surgeons using a more volumizing approach to the forehead. Fillers are one way to improve wrinkles by volumizing the space underneath the wrinkles. However, fillers can be quite expensive and only fill in small amount of volume. The situation often requires a more global filling effect to achieve a general rejuvenation of the face. The total amount of volume lost can be in the range of 30-100cc. Fillers typically come in 1cc syringes. Fillers are more of a camouflage technique bringing volume to only small areas of the face. They are more temporary in nature with their results lasting between six to 12 months.
“I just wanted to leave a note and say that my procedure with Dr. Young approximately 6 years ago took years off my face. He did an excellent job and I am still enjoying the results. It was very much worth the downtime. I look exactly like myself, just younger. Thanks, again!”
“He gave me my confidence back that I thought I would never get back. I can now look in the mirror and actually love what I see and not have to deal with pitted scars in my face. If you or anyone you know who thinks they have to just live with these scars, don't!”
“My procedure went great and I left the office with no concerns and all of my questions answered. I have never felt so good about myself and my appearance. I have you to thank for that Dr. Young. My new nose is perfect, I cannot thank you enough for this new look on life.”
Facial implants are another wrinkle treatment with cheek and chin implants the most common ones. Forehead, jaw or temple implants are less common. Facial implants are more permanent because they won’t get absorbed and go away. You keep the volume that you receive in the procedure.
Facial implants are a more significant surgical approach with the risk of infection. The shapes have some limitations and dictated by the implant, less on sculpting, although you can shape the implants by carving them.
This global volumization has led to a comeback for fat grafting in the face. This technique has been around for decades but is now as popular as ever. Fat grafting deals with volumizing and replacing lost tissue rather than taking it away.
With this approach, the goal is to make the volume of the raisin into a grape again, a more youthful and natural looking grape, and avoid the pulled raisin look. Fat grafting is usually less painful than other procedures and can be done without facial incisions, general anesthesia and drains.
Before Cheek Augmentation | Filler with the YoungVitalizer
After Cheek Augmentation | Filler with the YoungVitalizer
Note: Individual results will vary. Images do not constitute a promise or representation of any particular outcome or experience.
The YoungVitalizer was developed based on these same principles of facial volumization to give you a more natural and youthful appearance. This process is similar to fat grafting of the face but done in a unique way.
With the YoungVitalizer™, dark circles and hollows underneath the eye can be filled in, the folds around the mouth diminished, and the cheeks lifted for a more youthful and radiant appearance. Instead of excising skin in the upper eyelids and lifting the eyebrows, the YoungVitalizer™ fills in the upper eye area for a more natural youthfulness without the look of having been operated on. The entire face glows from the natural stimulation and the overall effect is better than a facelift.
Dr. Young’s Circles of Prominence Theory
The YoungVitalizer™ can give a person a younger and natural look without general anesthesia, the invasiveness of a facelift and the price of a traditional facelift.
We want the best for you when it comes to the treatment of your wrinkles. Dr. Young always maintains, as much as possible, an open door policy to help people. You can email or call our office for more information or set up a consultation.