Forehead wrinkles are a major concern for many people, particularly women. It is not uncommon for women to start noticing forehead wrinkles when they enter their 30s. Genetics and lifestyle choices have a huge impact on how early and how deep forehead lines appear. Forehead wrinkles can make a person seem like they are frowning or are angry even when they are not.
As you age, your skin loses its elasticity. Your eyebrows begin to droop and when this happens, people find themselves continuously raising their eyebrows in order to hold their eyelids open. This typically occurs in the 30s. If the forehead drops enough, your brows may push down on your upper eyelid skin, which can impair your vision.
In mild cases, Botox can be used to soften lines. It works by decreasing* muscle contraction. This treatment has to be repeated every 3 to 4 months. Unfortunately men need more units of Botox than women. Depending on where you go, Botox treatments can range anywhere from $175 to $500, so it can be expensive in the long run.
For more severe cases (like you’ve described above), you may need to consider having a brow lift. A brow lift surgically raises the forehead and brows, so you would no longer have to raise your eyebrows on a consistent basis. An endoscopic brow lift consists of five tiny incisions on the scalp. For patients that do not have hair on their head to cover scars, varying different incisions are used as an alternative.
There aren’t many home remedies that can help reduce* the appearance of deep forehead lines once they’ve developed, but there are things you can do to help prevent further lines from appearing. Vermen Verallo-Rowell, MD, a dermatologist in the Philippines, suggests washing your face, including your forehead, well at night and then rubbing a layer of petroleum jelly into your forehead while it is still damp. This will help lock in moisture while plumping lines. She suggests massaging the petroleum into your skin until it is no longer greasy to avoid having a sticky feeling.
Women may also want to try using an illuminating facial primer. These products contain sparkly minerals that settle into lines and reflect light away from them, which in turn lessens their appearance. Be sure to moisturize first and then apply a thin layer of illuminating facial primer.
There are other products you may consider to help reduce* the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Neutrogena has a product called Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer SPF 30. It is available at drug stores and doubles as a wrinkle cream and a daily moisturizer. Retinol stimulates collagen and elastin production while the hydraulic acid hydrates skin. SPF 30 will protect your skin from the harsh rays of the sun.
Another product to consider is Posay Redermic [R] Anti-aging Dermatological Treatment by La Roche. It too is packed full of retinol and is combined with a booster complex, which is meant to enhance* its effectiveness.
Finally, there is an over-the-counter spot treatment available for very deep wrinkles. Dr. Brandt Crease Release contains GABA, which is a neurotransmitter that helps to relax the facial muscles for several hours, smoothing the expression lines.