Changes in the tone, texture and integrity of our skin usually occur naturally, with the passage of time. When it comes to forehead wrinkles, our own behavior frequently plays a key role.
An expressive face may be entertaining and intriguing, but it is also one that continually animates forehead muscles, creating deep furrows. Stress and unhealthy lifestyle choices also draw horizontal lines across the upper face. The experienced Charlotte plastic surgeons of Graper Harper Cosmetic Surgery can effectively target these unwelcome features by smoothing skin and soothing muscles, using both surgical and non-invasive solutions.
Stress is a prime cause of forehead wrinkles. By generating the production of free radicals, stress weakens your skin, giving it an unhealthy, pallid look. Sometimes it is your own reaction to stress that damages your skin. For example, when stress causes you to repeatedly grimace or frown, you are slowly etching fine lines and deep wrinkles into your expression.
“Dynamic” wrinkles are formed after years of facial muscle movement. Exaggerated facial expressions aren’t necessarily the result of stress: Some people essentially speak with their full face actively engaged in the conversation, raising eyebrows for punctuation, grinning broadly or furrowing the brow in moments of great concentration.
In this case, when the underlying muscles are creating the wrinkles, neurotoxins are a popular way to give these muscles a rest. Botox has long been the muscle-relaxer of choice, although Dysport may be effective for targeted areas, such as vertical lines between the eyes. With muscles in a less dynamic state, forehead wrinkles soften and fade away.
When wrinkles are caused mostly by loss of volume and collagen in the skin, a different type of injectable may be the ideal solution. Dermal fillers such as Juvéderm Volbella, Juvéderm XC, Juvéderm Vollure, Juvéderm Voluma XC, Juvéderm Ultra, Radiesse Volumizing Filler, Sculptra and Restylane build facial volume, smooth fine lines, improve deep wrinkles, soften contours and add symmetry to any complexion. Dermal fillers often require a single injection, administered during a convenient office visit, and are effective for six months to a year, or longer.
Brow lift offers a more permanent solution by tightening skin, erasing lines and raising eyebrows to create a happier, more relaxed look. To allow for the surgical lifting of skin, three to five incisions are made beyond your hairline. These half-inch incisions will heal as scar tissue, and hair will not regrow in this type of scar. If your hair is thin, the incisions can be placed farther from the hairline so that these small patches are not noticeable. Brow lifts are often done in conjunction with hair transplants, facial fat transfers, eyelid surgery or facelift.
If you’d like to learn more about facial rejuvenation, schedule your personal consultation with experienced Charlotte plastic surgeons Dr. Robert Graper or Dr. Garret Harper by contacting Graper Harper Cosmetic Surgery today.