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What Are Some of the Side Effects of Forehead Injectable Wrinkle Reducers? We Investigate

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A common — and arguably tricky — place to get injectable wrinkle reducers is in the forehead. For women looking to temporarily smooth out moderate to severe lines in that area, there are a lot of things to consider before committing to a treatment. Everything from finding the right provider to knowing the side effects are essential, yet it can be a challenge to get all that information in one place. We spoke with dermatologists David Orentreich, MD, and Neal Schultz, MD, and nurse practitioner Sorayah Kaschak, MSN (who works with Dr. Orentreich) about it. They explain some of the side effects of injectable wrinkle reducers in the forehead.

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Injectable wrinkle reducers in the forehead affects your eyebrows the most.

Injectable wrinkle reducer treatments in the forehead specifically reduce the activity of the muscles that move your eyebrows. (After all, they’re a major contributing factor to those moderate to severe lines across the area.) Kaschak and Orentreich explain that when that muscle is treated, the eyebrow area can sometimes feel “heavy.” In certain cases, it can cause your brows to drop or cause your eyebrows to asymmetrically go up. Schultz says it can also cause a droopy eyelid.

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You must go to a credible provider when getting injectable wrinkle reducers.

All experts agree that an experienced injector will carefully evaluate the forehead area to determine how to treat it. When done correctly, you should get a smoother forehead. They also strongly recommend doing your own research before scheduling a treatment. Kaschak and Orentreich suggest reading online reviews or talking to friends about their experiences with their dermatologists. Learn more about how to find a credible provider here, or consult with our trained aesthetic providers to find one in your area.

Schultz cannot stress enough how important it is to go to someone that has been trained to do injectable wrinkle reducers and has been doing this treatment for patients for a long time. He says most of the “bad” results he’s seen on patients have been done by people who don’t know where to place the needle or have taken a very short course on how to inject it. “Go to someone who does injectable wrinkle reducers everyday, many times a day,” he recommends.

You can expect swelling and bruising in your forehead, just like you would in other places you would get injectable wrinkle reducers.

Kaschak and Orentreich explain that swelling and bruising naturally occur when needles are used. Schultz says these effects can happen even with the most experienced injector.

There are other possible side effects.

Injectable wrinkle reducers may cause serious side effects such as problems swallowing, speaking, or breathing, especially if you had any of these problems before treatment, and they can occur any time after treatment. These problems may be severe and can result in loss of life due to complications. Swallowing problems can last for several months. Learn more about other potential risks and side effects here.

The only way to “fix” botched results is to wait until it wears off.

Schultz explains that once you get injectable wrinkle reducers, there is no way to reverse them. So if you’re not happy with the results, it’s not like you can take them out or dissolve them. The only way to correct it is to wait until the injectable wrinkle reducers wear off — something we assume no one would want to wait out. So weigh the pros and cons, and talk to your doctor to see if they’re right for you. Your eyebrows — and forehead — will thank you.

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