Improving forehead and frown lines
Lines, wrinkles and furrows tend to form at a relatively young age on the upper face as we move the eye and brow area so frequently to express ourselves (causing the forehead to move too). We use both anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers to help relax and smooth these lines for a younger look.*
Both forehead and frown lines can be treated with anti-wrinkle injections. We may use dermal fillers in addition to anti-wrinkle injections if lines or furrows are particularly deep. Our ‘less is more’ approach and in-depth understanding of facial anatomy ensures natural-looking results.*
*Individual results may vary
Forehead wrinkles are the long horizontal lines that appear across your forehead. They will probably be more prominent when you raise your eyebrows. These lines can give you a cross appearance and give away your age.
We can smooth away these lines by using anti-wrinkle injections on the muscles that cause forehead wrinkles. As we still want your face to look natural and take a ‘less is more’ approach to anti-wrinkle injections, your face will still be expressive. Sometimes, we also can treat deeper frown lines with dermal fillers.*
*Individual results may vary
Glabella (frown) lines
Frown lines are the small vertical lines that appear between the eyebrows. They are caused by the corrugator muscles pulling the brow down and inwards. They may appear if you frown a lot or if you spend a lot of time in the sun; they can also appear as a result of ageing.
Anti-wrinkle injections can relax frown lines, giving your face a less stressed and smoother look.* These are the first treatment of choice, but if the frown lines are deep or obvious at rest then superficial use of a fine dermal filler is also helpful.
An important anatomical point is that the corrugator muscles are overlaid by the lower part of the frontalis or forehead muscle. So in treating frown lines the lower part of frontalis is also inevitably treated with anti-wrinkle injections too.
If only part of a muscle is treated with anti-wrinkle injections, the untreated part may compensate by becoming overactive. So, to avoid this in the case of the forehead muscle, when treating frown lines we also treat the upper part of the forehead to prevent formation of new lines near the hair line.
Why choose Dr James Willis at Falmouth Facial Aesthetics
Dr James Willis is renowned for his experience and expertise in facial aesthetics. He has over 30 years experience in facial aesthetics. Injectables including anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers are his specialist area. His expertise and experience enables him to perform advanced procedures with skill and dexterity based on an in-depth understanding of facial anatomy and the ageing process.
Dr James Willis is a member of the International Academy of Advanced Facial Aesthetics and is on the government-approved register, Treatments You Can Trust. He has published numerous scientific papers and trains other medical professionals on the use of anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers and other facial aesthetic treatments.
Falmouth Facial Aesthetics is located in the beautiful coastal town of Flushing. As one of the South West’s hidden gems, it has a lovely beach, coastal walks and several great pubs and a restaurant. It’s a perfect setting for a one-to-one complimentary consultation with Dr James Willis and treatment in a relaxed, calm environment.
- Over 30 years’ experience in facial aesthetics
- Free one-to-one consultation
- Dr James Willis is a member of the International Academy of Advanced Facial Aesthetics
- Trains other medical professionals in anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers and other facial aesthetic treatments
*Individual results may vary.
Your questions answered
What are anti-wrinkle injections?
Anti-wrinkle injections are made from a protein that occurs naturally in bacterium. It relaxes facial muscles by interacting with nerve endings to prevent the release of the compound that triggers muscle contractions. This can help to soften fine lines and wrinkles including forehead lines.*
How long does the treatment take with Dr James Willis?
Your initial complimentary consultation with Dr James Willis is open ended but usually takes about half an hour. The actual anti-wrinkle injection treatment often takes less than 10 minutes.
If you’re a new client, we will usually invite you to return for a review after 2 weeks.
What improvements will I see after treatment?
It will take around 5 days to begin to see results such as wrinkles appearing softer and less obvious in treated areas. Your face will look younger and more relaxed. Improvements optimise after about a fortnight.*
How long will results last?
The effects of your treatment should last between 3 to 6 months, depending on your individual response. You may then need a top-up treatment. Subsequent treatments tend to last longer. Dr James Willis will talk through this during your free consultation.
Is the treatment painful?
No. The medication is injected in very small doses with an ultra-fine needle. It is mildly uncomfortable and doesn’t need any anaesthetic. However, some clients ask us to use a topical anaesthetic (numbing cream) such as Emla cream. Dr James Willis is happy to do this if you prefer.
Will it leave my face frozen and without expression?
No. We assess the optimum dose to produce a relaxed soft appearance but you will still have facial expression and movement.
Are there any side effects?
Generally, no. Some clients experience slight bruising or swelling immediately after treatment. We will discuss this in detail with you at the time of your consultation.
Is there anything that I should or shouldn’t do after anti-wrinkle injection treatment?
You should avoid touching the treated area for a few hours. You will need to keep upright immediately after treatment and it is helpful to exercise the treated muscles during the first few hours. The dos and don’ts will be explained in detail during your assessment.
Can Dr James Willis combine anti-wrinkle injections and dermal-filler treatments?
Yes. Dr James Willis often provides an integrated treatment plan combining the 2 treatments. This approach is sometimes taken for treating deeper glabella (frown) and forehead lines.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are gels made from hyaluronic acid (a naturally-occurring substance that helps to maintain healthy skin). When injected they can help to replace lost volume, add contour and definition, smooth lines and wrinkles and restore a more youthful look.*
What happens to the dermal filler after it’s been injected?
Over time, the dermal filler will break down naturally and be reabsorbed by the body.
Which areas can Dr James Willis treat with dermal fillers?
This versatile treatment can be used for the following:
- Nose-to-mouth lines
- Lip contour and volume for plumper lips
- Marionette lines (from the corners of the mouth to the chin)
- Enhancing the cheeks
- Deeper glabella (frown) and forehead lines
- Crow’s feet around the eyes.
- Jawline refining
- Nose reshaping
How long does the treatment take?
It takes about 20 minutes depending on the area being treated.
What results will I see immediately after my dermal filler treatment?
The result is immediate. Your skin will appear younger and smoother.
How long will the results last?
Results may last for 6 to 9 months depending on the product and the areas being treated. Subsequent treatments tend to last a little longer.* Dr James Willis will talk through this during your free consultation.
Is the treatment painful?
No, Dr James Willis is an expert in gentle injecting techniques. Some dermal fillers contain anaesthetic to reduce discomfort further still. For dermal-filler treatment around the lips and mouth, we tend to use local anaesthetic to completely numb the area. This is the same feeling that you would have with a dental anaesthetic.
Are there any side effects?
Initially, there is a little redness and swelling that usually subsides after 12 hours. You may experience some bruising, which subsides over time. These side effects are all quite normal.
What our clients say
“I came in for a consultation about the furrow between my eyebrows. It was quite deep so I wasn’t sure if it could be treated. The team was so helpful and explained everything in detail. It’s made a difference to my whole face – I’m really pleased I decided to go ahead.”
“I wanted to grow my fringe out but didn’t want to reveal my forehead wrinkles! After seeing Dr Willis I can do what I like – the lines are smoothed and it’s definitely taken years off me.”
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