Botox Injections can Lengthen the Forehead
Botox and other botulinum toxins are more popular than ever – according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons– 7 million injections were given in 2016 (three times as many as fillers). Botox can be used for everything from wrinkle reduction and jaw clinching to excessive sweating.
In the paper published from the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, a plastic surgeon and her team looked at how the forehead could be “lifted” and lengthened by injecting botulinum toxin in the hairline. Two weeks after receiving the injections and when the Botox was fully kicked-in, a group of patients (29-66 years old) showed a significant increase in forehead height. Interestingly enough, the shorter your forehead is to begin with, the more dramatic the results.
The plastic surgeon that conducted the study, Sarit Cohen Head of Israel Center of Facial Sculpting, explains that the key to lengthening the forehead is understanding the way your forehead muscles (the frontalis and the occipitalis) work. Without getting too technical, the frontalis muscle pulls the scalp forward, while the occipitalis pulls the scalp backward. Therefore, the injector must place the Botox in the downward-pulling action of the frontalis. The upward-pulling occipitalis is left unopposed, thus “lifting” the forehead.
This technique is a game changer for people not only with small foreheads, it also helps raise low brows. Before, the only way to lengthen the forehead or lift your brows was through a full-on forehead lift. Which of course is more intimidating then a few small injections. The cost is also significantly smaller, and no downtime whatsoever! However, Botox injections are only semi-permeant, in which the effects will last three to four months.
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