Restylane for Forehead lines: How it works and what to expect
- Medical Community - June 28th 2018
Using Restylane to treat forehead rhytids is efficacious, easy, and safe, and is of great benefit to patients who will appreciate the quick procedure with no recovery period.
Why people use Restylane to treat signs of aging on their forehead?
Rhytids that horizontally traverse the forehead occur as a result of facial aging. Repeated muscle motion in the frontalis muscle from facial expressions often cause these lines to appear. And, when the effects of gravity set in, these wrinkles become static, persisting even when the face is at rest.
Restylane fillers for wrinkle correction on the forehead, know your options
Generally speaking, good fillers for the treatment of forehead wrinkles are those with low to moderate G prime (G’), as these gels tend to be less viscous and more easily spreadable. Your injector will know the best ones to use, but it may also be helpful for you to know.
Low viscosity fillers are favoured in the forehead region due to the anatomy of the area: here, the skin is relatively thin, thus the risk for visible lumps and irregularities is heightened. Restylane is a popular choice of hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers that has several good options when it comes to treating forehead wrinkles. The classic Restylane dermal filler is used widely due to its established track record in safety of use and efficacy. Restylane Silk, with its fine-particle formulation and low G’, is also suitable for correcting superficial forehead lines. Finally, for moderate to severe wrinkles, Restylane Refyne and Defyne can also be considered. These fillers are manufactured using proprietary XpresHAn Technology to preserve natural facial expressions, making them suitable for a high mobility region, such as the forehead.
Using Restylane and Botox to treat forehead lines
Treating these wrinkles may be done through the reconditioning of the skin, skin resurfacing techniques, or the replenishment of volume to aging skin through dermal fillers like Restylane. If the wrinkle is particularly deep or is exacerbated by the contraction of the underlying muscle, a combination treatment of Restylane with a botulinum toxin like Botox can be used to prevent muscle movement and provide a better outcome. The choice of treatment will depend on the severity of the condition.
What you should know about treatment with Restylane
When treating the forehead with Restylane, there are a few issues the practitioner should keep in mind throughout the procedure. The superficial placement necessary in this region means that any lumps are readily visible, so care must be taken to avoid beading and overcorrection. As well, injections should be administered intradermally, as subdermal injections can increase the likelihood of an inadvertent intravascular injection. To minimize further the risk of vascular compromise, the injector may also consider the use of a cannula instead of a needle. If using a needle, the serial puncture technique can be utilized to good success.
Most common side effects and how to best prevent them
This treatment produces side effects that are minimal and usually limited to injection-related reactions, such as bruising, swelling or bleeding. The patient can manage the effects by applying ice to reduce swelling, and by avoiding alcohol intake to minimize any bleeding and bruising. In the week after treatment, the patient should also avoid exposure to the sun or to heat.