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Forehead Wrinkles Medical Options

Forehead wrinkles are a not so subtle sign of aging. Skin gets thinner, drier, and less elastic as the years pass by. Skin becomes less able to bounce back when it is crinkled by facial expressions. The results are fine lines and wrinkles, such as forehead wrinkles. Genetics, exposure to UV light, and smoking help determine the severity of forehead wrinkles at a given age. Procedures to address forehead wrinkles include filler injections, Botox injection, dermabrasions, microdermabrasions, and face lifts. Some people choose to undergo laser treatments, or chemical peels to reduce forehead wrinkles.

Laser Treatments for Forehead Wrinkles
Laser resurfacing uses a laser to heat the skin. The damaged skin then peels off and new skin replaces it. Sometimes a doctor will use a less intense laser, radio frequency devices, or pulsed light sources to stimulate collagen growth without destroying the outer skin layer. A doctor normally gives a patient an anesthetic before starting laser resurfacing to block pain from the procedure. She may also give a sedative to calm the patient. The doctor will pass the laser over the patient's skin until the desired area is treated. A patient may feel slight burning, stinging, or a snapping sensation against the skin from the laser.

After the procedure, the wounded area will probably be tender, pink, and swollen for several days. The patient must rinse the treated skin several times each day with cool tap water to avoid infection and remove any crusting that develops. The dressing and ointment must be changed regularly. Patients generally must avoid sun exposure until the peeling stops and use sunscreen after that, because new skin is very susceptible to sunlight. Repeated follow up visits normally are required to monitor the healing process. Possible risks associated with laser resurfacing are swelling, crusting, tenderness, itching, redness, color changes, irritation, acne, and infections. Problems with the eyelid and with scarring occur on rare occasions.

Chemical Peels for Forehead Wrinkles
Chemical peels remove the outer part of the skin so that new skin growth will replace it. Chemical peels are classified according to how deeply the chemical peels the skin. A patient could have a superficial peel, a medium peel, or a deep peel. During a chemical peel, the doctor applies the chemical to the skin, allows it to sit for a period of time, and then neutralizes and removes the chemical. The strength of the chemical solution and the length of time that the chemical sits on the skin depend on how deeply the doctor wants the chemical to peel.

Different levels of chemical peels will affect the skin differently. A superficial peel heals quickly, although it may turn the skin pink. A medium peel takes about a week to heal. It will probably result in redness and may cause swelling. A deep peel takes up to two weeks to heal. It makes the skin extremely red for three weeks. It may take up to 2 months for the redness to go away for some people.  The risks associated with a chemical peel include redness, color changes in the skin, crusting, scaling, swelling, scarring, allergic reactions, infections, and increased sensitivity to sunlight. The phenol used in some deep peels can cause other problems as well.

Forehead wrinkles typically appear in ones 50s or older, because the skin is less resilient to crinkling during facial expressions. There are many ways for doctors to treat forehead wrinkles. Methods such as laser resurfacing and chemical peels are the most common. The risks of laser and chemical procedures depend on the details of the procedure to remove forehead wrinkles.

 

Medical Options for Combating Forehead Wrinkles

Lasers

Laser Resurfacing, Radiofrequency Devices, Pulsed Light Sources

Chemicals

Surface Chemical Peels, Medium Chemical Peels, Deep Chemical Peels

 

 

References:

 

1. Wrinkles. Mayo Clinic

 

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/wrinkles/DS00890

 

2. Wrinkles. MedlinePlus

 

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003252.htm

 

4. Laser Resurfacing. Healthwise Knowledgebase

 

University of Michigan Health System

 

http://health.med.umich.edu/healthcontent.cfm?xyzpdqabc=0&id=6&action=detail&AEProductID=HW%5FKnowledgebase&AEArticleID=aa63498&AEArticleType=HealthConditions

 

5. Chemical Peel. Healthwise Knowledgebase

 

University of Michigan Health System

 

http://health.med.umich.edu/healthcontent.cfm?xyzpdqabc=0&id=6&action=detail&AEProductID=HW%5FKnowledgebase&AEArticleID=aa59621&AEArticleType=HealthConditions