Some of us feel self-conscious about the frown lines that develop on our foreheads as we age. Others who haven’t developed those fine lines yet want a treatment to delay their appearance.
Anti-wrinkle treatments are an effective way to soften lines and help prevent their development by relaxing the muscles. It’s natural that some clients may feel that forehead line treatment is the most important part of their anti-ageing plan.
However, an understanding of facial anatomy shows that simply treating the forehead alone is not the most effective way of giving you a more youthful appearance.
What are the muscles of facial expression?
The two occipitofrontalis muscles (one over each eye) run from the hair line to the eyebrows and are associated with the fine transverse lines we get across our foreheads.
Underneath these muscles, are the glabellar complex of muscles which sit between the eyebrows. They create a strong platform for the forehead muscles and are used in frowning. They can also create vertical lines and wrinkles between the eyebrows, above the nose.
The procerus muscles in that area also cause the nose to wrinkle and can cause distinctive ‘bunny’ lines across the nose. The nearby corrugator supercilii and depressor supercilii muscles move your eyebrows.
Simply relaxing the occipitofrontalis muscles may well not produce the result you desire.
Without treatment to relax the glabellar muscles, fine lines across the forehead could still form and you could be left with an unbalanced result.
Over time, the difference between those fine lines and wrinkles and your glabellar lines (the vertical wrinkles between your eyebrows) will become more marked.
It will become obvious that there has been treatment to one area of the face.
That, of course, is exactly what you don’t want – especially when it is expected that the treatment softens those glabellar lines so effectively.
How do anti wrinkle treatments work?
Anti-wrinkle medication is made from a botulinum toxin, a natural bacterium which in large doses can lead to botulism. In anti-ageing treatments, it is used in tiny, safe doses to prevent the release of acetylcholine, and that stops nerve cell signals from reaching the muscles.
In effect, this relaxes the muscles and, of course, that means the skin isn’t tightening over them and developing fine lines and wrinkles.
The botulinum toxin is mixed with a saline solution and injected into the muscle. The treatment, which takes just 15 minutes, starts to take effect between 24 hours and 72 hours after the precision injections and lasts for up to 3=6 months – some people are longer, depending on how long they have been having treatments for.
A skilled practitioner will give you the look you want, ensuring your facial expressions remain active if you want a softer appearance.
Alongside the anti-ageing treatments, anti-wrinkle treatments are also used to treat muscle spasms, chronic migraines, and bladder problems, and it has been found to be useful to stroke patients with upper limb problems.
What should you ask your practitioner?
Anti=wrinkle injections must be given by someone qualified to do so. They should always be given by a trained professional such as a nurse prescriber like myself, doctor, dentist, or pharmacist prescriber.