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  • Writer's pictureDr. Waterman

How can I get rid of wrinkles on my forehead?

"What is making my wrinkles get worse?"

"Is there anything I can do about my forehead wrinkles?"

"Am I too young to get wrinkle treatments?"

If you're worried about the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of ageing, you aren't alone. Many people wonder whether there is anything that can be done to prevent or at least substantially slow the progression of wrinkles, and thankfully, hope is not lost.

The best way to treat wrinkles is to try to avoid developing them. Wrinkle treatments are a front-line defense against wrinkles on the forehead. If you are concerned about the appearance of your wrinkles, you're probably old enough to explore wrinkle treatments like Botox, and you should establish a good preventative routine.

If you are unsure whether Botox is right for you, contact our office!

A surprised woman in a park next to a tree.
It's no surprise that wrinkles tend to only get worse. Botox can slow the progression of wrinkles and signs of ageing.

There are two wrinkle prevention interventions I will discuss here: Botox & Daily Skincare.

1) Botox -- The treatment that you've certainly heard of before is very effective at reducing the appearance of wrinkles on the forehead, but it also prevents wrinkles from getting worse, or progressing as deeper folds and lines. Botox treatments last 3-6 months, and are a cost-effective wrinkle treatment. By keeping muscles and the overlying skin relaxed, Botox prevents wrinkles from developing at the rate they would without Botox. Fighting wrinkles before they get bad is a much better strategy than trying to cover them up with makeup or having an expensive face-lift procedure. For most patients, two or three treatments per year is sufficient to maintain their aesthetic goal appearance.

Botox is somewhat misunderstood because of it's ubiquity and portrayal in popular culture.

2) Skin Care -- Maintaining healthy skin care habits as part of your routine can be an effective way to slow the progression of wrinkles and improve the appearance of your complexion. Everyone has unique skin and should find a routine that compliments their skin type.

That being said, these basic points should be covered:

  • Exfoliating frequently

  • Moisturizing twice daily

  • Wearing Sunscreen (SPF 30+) whenever going outdoors (or working in proximity of natural light, like if your office desk is by a window).

Exfoliating frequently can help to resurface the skin, literally, by removing the top layers of dead skin cells and stimulating production of new cellular growth. When exfoliating is done properly, you won't cause abrasions or lasting redness, but rather soften and smooth the skin on the surface.

Moisturizing helps protect the skin and maintain its tone and richness. Without moisturizer, skin is often too dry or too oily, or both, somehow. Regularly using moisturizer reduces the amount of oil produced by the skin, again reducing oil production and build up on the surface. Over time, this can cause skin complications, and worsen the appearance of natural lines and wrinkles. To avoid a downward spiral, use moisturizer in the morning and before sleep, after cleansing of course. This will help your skin stay nice and balanced throughout the day, and reduce the amount of oil and dead skin that builds up over time.

Sun damage makes skin age faster and can cause other problems including cancer. Often understated or forgotten, protecting skin from the sun is a very effective way to maintain a youthful complexion. While exposure can cause sun burn and other problems when you are exposed to a lot of sun at once, the real monster in the shadows is the damage caused by long-term gradual exposure.

Being proactive about wrinkle prevention puts you way ahead of the game. There is a lot more that you can do to protect your skin and prevent signs of ageing, but these basic tenets will help you find a routine that works for your skin and your schedule.

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