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Botox vs Dermal Fillers for Forehead Lines: Which Is Better?

It’s fairly common to consider getting cosmetic injections especially when people start to notice horizontal wrinkles and fine lines appearing on their forehead. One quick Google search will show you that you have many options for wrinkle injectables, and two of most widely-known and well-loved cosmetic treatments are Botox and dermal fillers. But keep in mind that not all facial wrinkles are created equal, and it’s important to know which of the two treatments is better suited for your concerns.

So between a facial filler injection and Botox treatment, which works best for horizontal forehead lines? If you have deep-set static wrinkles and forehead creases that appear due to lost facial volume, dermal filler treatments can help you re-plump your skin to smooth out the appearance of facial lines. On the other hand, Botox works best on dynamic wrinkles as it relaxes the forehead muscles to stop the formation of new horizontal forehead wrinkles.

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Botox vs. Dermal Filler for Forehead Lines:Which Is More Effective? 

Facial wrinkles can be categorized into two types: dynamic wrinkles and static wrinkles. The horizontal forehead lines and frown lines that look as if they’re etched to your skin can be caused by a variety of factors, and knowing which of these contribute largely to their formation will help determine which cosmetic injection is more suited for you. 

To better understand, here’s a table comparing Botox and dermal filler injections for treating forehead wrinkles: 

 Dermal FillersBotox 
How It Works Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that are injected beneath the skin to fill in the wrinkles and fine lines, and replenish facial volume to improve contour and facial fullness.Botox injections are a purified form of botulinum toxin, which is produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria. It works as a neuromodulator, blocking chemical signals to stop facial muscles from contracting. When injected to the skin, it relaxes the over-contracted muscles that cause forehead wrinkles to form. 
Best Suited as an Anti Wrinkle Injection For Dermal filler injections are best suited for treating facial concerns caused by age-related volume loss. Over time, the body produces less collagen which diminishes your skin quality and causes forehead wrinkles to run deeply across the skin and appear more prominent. Dynamic wrinkles or premature forehead wrinkles can appear due to repeated action of the frontalis muscle. This type of wrinkle is best treated with a Botox injection which will relax the muscles and smooth the appearance of wrinkles and lines on the forehead.
Expected Results The results of a dermal filler treatment are visible almost immediately after the treatment. Depending on the type of forehead filler used, its effects can last anywhere from 6 to 18 months.As a neurotoxin injection, Botox doesn’t last on the injected area as long as a dermal filler does. Most Botox treatments can last for 4 to 6 months. 
Safety and side effects As long as administered by a professional, the injection of forehead fillers are safe but it can come with temporary side effects such as bruising, swelling, and redness. The common side effects of Botox forehead injections are minimal pain, bruising, swelling, temporary headache, and minor redness. 
Cost The estimated cost of forehead fillers can range anywhere from $750 to $1000, depending on the brand used. Botox pricing is determined per unit and it can cost about $10 to $25. For forehead injections, you may need at least 20 Botox units so you may expect to pay around $200 to $500 per treatment. 

Advantages of Facial Fillers for Forehead Lines Treatment 

The appearance of worry lines on the forehead can be frustrating, especially since they can show more years on your face than your actual age. Facial fillers are an excellent cosmetic treatment that can help you refresh your look and restore youthful and wrinkle-free beauty. But more than that, forehead fillers have benefits that go beyond wrinkle treatment such as:

  • Dermal fillers can help improve forehead shape and contours: As you age, the skin tends to lose some of its elasticity which can affect your forehead shape and definition. A facial filler treatment can add volume to the forehead area, effectively replumping your forehead to look more attractive with a natural curve and full shape.
  • Getting forehead fillers can enhance overall facial structure: The forehead is one of the most facial features that determine a person’s beauty. When you lose facial volume, the deep creases on your forehead skin may appear sagging which can affect your facial balance and symmetry. Careful injection of the dermal fillers to the forehead area can also fix facial symmetry to restore harmony and balance to your features.
  • Hydrates the skin to restore supple and line-free forehead texture: Most forehead wrinkle treatments use hyaluronic acid fillers, which are ideal for retaining skin moisture to fill in the wrinkled areas which have lost volume and firmness. It also provides long-term benefits of stimulating new collagen growth to repair skin texture and restore its elasticity to prevent new wrinkles.

When Should You Get Botox Injections for Your Forehead?

It’s important to consult with your dermatologist or aesthetic provider regarding decisions for cosmetic injectables. Even though both dermal fillers and Botox treatment are effective anti-aging and wrinkle-erasing injections, they’re a unique procedure on their own. Here’s how to know whether you need to complement your dermal filler treatments with Botox injections: 

  • The muscle-relaxing effects of Botox are great for preventing new forehead wrinkles from appearing 
  • You can also get preventative Botox as an anti-aging measure to delay the signs of creases and folds on the face 
  • Botox can also train your muscles to limit their movements which reduce the likelihood of forehead wrinkles to appear so if you’re always moving your muscles from facial expressions, you can also benefit from the wrinkle-reducing effects of Botox

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Best Fillers for Erasing Forehead Lines

Forehead fillers can be made from different ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxyapatite, and PMMA. Take a look at the benefits of each type of dermal filler that can be used on the forehead:

 Hyaluronic acid filler Calcium-based fillerPMMA filler
What It’s Made OfHyaluronic acid is a natural substance that’s found in the body and it’s responsible for holding water in the skin and boosting collagen productionThese are synthetic fillers containing calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres that are suspended in gel form These are made of synthetic polymethylmethacrylate particles and are usually mixed with bovine collagen
Best Type of Filler The best HA fillers for the forehead wrinkles and facial lines are Juvéderm, Juvéderm Vollure XC, Juvéderm Ultra Plus XC, Restylane-L, Restylane Refyne, and Restylane Defyne.The best-known calcium filler option for the forehead is RadiesseBellafill is the most popular PMMA filler
Benefits Most HA fillers have a soft gel-like consistency which smooths fine lines and wrinkles in tight facial areas such as the forehead, and it provides natural volume enhancementIts filler material has a thicker consistency which means it can stay longer in the treated area compared to HA fillers. They’re also thought to stimulate collagen production for repairing skin structure and treating deep wrinkles.When injected into the skin, the tiny PMMA particles serve as the foundation for smoothing deep lines and forehead wrinkles and over time, the collagen material will boost your natural production for improved skin texture
How Long Do Its Results Last It’s a temporary filler that can last for 6 to 12 months Radiesse fillers can last up to 18 months Bellafill is a semi-permanent filler and can last for up to 5 years 
Treatment Cost Juvéderm and Restylane fillers can cost anywhere from $750 to $1500 The average cost of Radiesse treatments is $1050 The estimated cost for Bellafill treatments is $2750 

Can You Get Fillers and Botox Together For Forehead Lines?

You can certainly discuss with your aesthetic provider regarding getting dermal fillers and Botox at the same time. There are doctors who recommend receiving both injections for erasing forehead wrinkles and enhancing the facial appearance with restored volume and fullness. Botox can complement the wrinkle-correcting effects of dermal fillers by preventing new ones from forming with its ability to limit facial muscle movement. When used together, Botox and dermal fillers can be a powerful and effective anti-aging combination. 

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Try Botox and Dermal Fillers for Your Forehead Wrinkles at aNu Aesthetics

woman preparing to receive an injection of botox in her forehead

Dermal fillers are proven safe and convenient cosmetic treatments for eliminating forehead wrinkles. But with the variety of filler options today, it’s always best to talk to an experienced provider to determine the right dermal filler that’s best suited for the type of wrinkles you have,  and ultimately, for you to get the results that you want.. 

Here at aNu Aesthetics, we have a team of highly-trained injectors who create dermal filler treatment plans that are tailored to your preferences. We offer a wide selection of facial fillers and other cosmetic skin treatments including Botox, chemical peels, and facials. Begin your journey to smooth, wrinkle-free skin and book your appointment with us today.

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