Forehead Wrinkles

A brief summary of the article written by Dr Riekie Smit in the Summer Issue of the Aesthetic and AntiAging Magazine: found here.

The forehead is one of the most common areas that patients request to be treated. More often than not, there are unrealistic expectations placed on the doctor to take away all of the wrinkles or to make their foreheads completely smooth. The face of the matter is that if you take away all the wrinkles and create a completely smooth forehead, you also take away 100% of the function of the forehead muscle.

So what exactly does the forehead muscle do? Simply put, it lifts up the eyebrows. That said, every face is completely different. Some forehead muscles are strong and some are week, some are asymmetrical and some are symmetrical and finally some serve a purpose (like keeping the eyebrows lifted in people with saggy skin on the upper eyelid) and some have no purpose at all (some males can get away with almost freezing their foreheads – although it is not recommended).

So it is important to keep this all in mind deciding how to treat and how much to treat the forehead wrinkles. so in a nutshell, there are several options:

  1. Botulinum Toxin Type A – This is a good place to start as most of the time people are happy with the amount of wrinkle reduction. If there are still some bothersome wrinkles – a small amount of a thin filler can be used to fill the gaps.
  2. Facial Fillers – the thinnest type of fillers need to be used here – if anything else is used there is the chance that lumps and bumps can develop. Fillers treatments to the forehead and frown must be done with great care – there are complications and patients must be made aware of this. That said, a product like Restylane Vital is great for this area when used correctly.
  3. Peels, Needling, laser and mesotherapy all help to improve the texture of the skin and soften fine lines and wrinkles.
  4. PDO threads increase the collagen content in skin and in so doing help with tightening and fine lines.

APPOINTMENTS

Contact us today if you would like to know more about treating wrinkles or if you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss the various aesthetic treatments we offer. Dr Wade practices in Green Point and Somerset West, Cape Town. To book an appointment please contact:

Telephone: 087 135 3017
Email: bookings@naturalcape.com


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Forehead Botox

Forehead Botox treatments aim to reduce the amount of wrinkles found on your forehead. The forehead muscle is unique in the sense that it is the only muscle in the upper face that lifts the eyebrows. So, without its action, the eyebrows will be droopy. Therefore, when treating this muscle we need to be very careful so as not to over-treat the area as this would risk lowering the eyebrows, which can actually make you look older.

It is for this reason that Dr Wade has created a treatment system whereby the risk for droopy eyebrows is reduced. As we are all different, and our muscles are all different, there is no clear way of estimating how much forehead Botox will be required. Rather than over-estimating and creating an unnatural result, we place a set dose of Botox into the forehead and then review the results in 2 weeks. If there is inadequate relaxation we inject a micro-dose of forehead Botox in order to get the desired effect.

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Botox Forehead: 5 Injection sites on the forehead.

Botox is FDA approved for frown and eye wrinkles. It has yet to be approved for the forehead – so we use it as an off-label medication. That is, it works to relax the forehead muscles, but it has yet to be approved by the FDA for that area. Clients must understand this fact – it is also the reason why we take a much more conservative approach to avoid any complications. That said, when done correctly, forehead botox works really well to reduce forehead lines and wrinkles.

– Dr Wade

Appointments

Contact us today if you would like to know more about Forehead Botox in Somerset West, Green Point or Camps Bay, Cape Town. Let us know if you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss the various aesthetic treatments we offer. Dr Wade practices in Green Point, Camps Bay and Somerset West, Cape Town.

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Botox and Fillers: The next generation in treatment styles.

Dr Wade Merchant uses Botox and fillers to enhance the facial aesthetics of his patients. The medical name for Botox is Botulinum Toxin Type A (BTX). They are both injectables but they act in different ways:

BTX: Acts by deactivating muscles that cause wrinkles. The wrinkle then cannot form and the line disappears over time.

Fillers: Hyaluronic acid gels that are injected into the face in order to provide volume to  certain areas where it may be lacking or has been lost as a result of the aging process.

Botox and Fillers

BTX lasts around 3 to 4 months if the recommended units are used – if less than recommended units are used, the results will not last as long as they should. This is important to remember when attempting to reduce the amount of units because of cost – if you use less units now you will need more units sooner, and will probably end up spending more money than if you had just received the recommended units. Medical doctors are specially trained to assess and prescribe the amount of units needed – just in the same way that they know which dose of your anti-depressant to give you.

Filler treatments last different amounts of time depending on the filler used as well as your particular metabolism:

Voluma (Cheeks): 18months.

Volift (Lips and nasolabial folds): over 1 year to 15 months.

Volbella (under eyes and lip border) – 9 months to a year.

At the end of the day, each face requires a different approach and normally a combination of both BTX and Fillers are used.

 


 

APPOINTMENTS

Contact us today if you would like to know more about treating wrinkles or if you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss the various aesthetic treatments we offer. Dr Wade practices in Green Point and Somerset West, Cape Town.To book an appointment please contact:

Green Point Practice (Based at Legs 11 Aesthetic Centre):

Telephonic: 086 132 4752
Email: greenpoint@legs11.co.za

Somerset West Practice:

Telephonic: 081 301 3277
Email: bookings@naturalcape.com


NATURAL AESTHETICS – Botox and Fillers

Cape Town| Green Point | Somerset West

Botox | Fillers | Silhouette Soft | Chemical Peels | Micro-needling (Dermapen) | Filorga Mesotherapy

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