How Many Units of Botox for Your Forehead?
How Many Units of Botox® for Your Forehead?
Have you been considering getting Botox® in your forehead but you’re not quite ready to pull the trigger? Or are you looking for more information to see if Botox® is the right decision for you?
Miami Skin Institute was founded on the idea that you don’t have to just sit back and watch yourself age. When you treat your body like the temple that it really is, you can maintain smooth, radiant skin for as long as possible. Botox® may be part of that journey for you, or you may choose an alternative technique, but you deserve to have all of the information possible, no matter what you choose.
What Exactly is Botox®?
Botox® is the safe, synthetic medical version of a chemical that inhibits muscle movement, botulinum toxin A. While that same medication is present in other brands of injectables, like Dysport®, Xeomin®, and Jeuveau®, Botox® was the first brand developed for wrinkles which also makes it the most recognizable.
Botox® is used not only on the face to treat fine lines and wrinkles, but also in other areas to help with medical conditions like excessive sweating, migraines, and overactive bladder. It’s a pretty amazing injectable!
The way that it works when it is injected into the skin is that it is able to be absorbed by the nerves around the injection site. While the needle stays just in the intradermal area (the skin, not the fat or muscle), the impact of the Botox® on the nerves effectively blocks the signals that they send to the muscle. With fewer signals being received to tell them to contract, the muscles move less.
The vast majority of the fine lines and wrinkles in the forehead are caused by repetitive movement by the muscles. Think of how often you use your forehead when you emote. Smiling, frowning, frustration, anger … all of these feelings involve using those muscles to show your emotions on your face. They aren’t noticeable at first but the more they are used, the more likely it is that wrinkles will form. When you can soften and relax those muscles, your forehead will naturally look smoother and more youthful.
How Much Botox® Will You Need?
Being able to estimate the amount of Botox® that you might need to treat fine lines and wrinkles in your forehead serves two purposes.
First of all, if you’re hesitant to go through Botox® injections because you have a fear of needles, knowing about how many you’ll need to take can really help you to make your decision. A few injections may be tolerable for you, but too many could make you too anxious and end up not being worth it.
In addition, for most places that administer Botox®, it is charged by the unit. Obviously, this can get fairly expensive if you need more than just a few units to take care of your entire forehead. If you’re not ready to drop that kind of cash, or you can only afford a certain amount, being able to estimate what it might cost can help you more correctly budget your money.
So, how can you best estimate how many units of Botox® you might need?
Keep in mind that every single person and every single forehead is unique, in both facial characteristics and the desired result of Botox®. Because of this, each muscle in the forehead requires a different amount of Botox® in order to help it fully relax. One of those muscles, the frontalis, makes up the vast majority of the space in the forehead. That means that it also takes the majority of the units needed to help smooth the area.
That isn’t the only factor to take into account. Your body composition, which includes things like your age, metabolism, and genetics, can also affect how quickly and effectively Botox® can be absorbed into the skin.
The company that manufactures Botox®, Allergan™, has also created their own guidelines for a range of how many units should be injected into various areas of the face. Most Botox® providers use those guidelines to come up with a customized treatment plan for everyone seeking care. The recommended range of Botox® for the forehead is between 10 and 30 units.
How Does The Botox® Procedure Work?
If you’re ready to take the leap, you probably are interested in how the procedure itself works. For anything that involves needles, being prepared can help minimize the anxiety and make the process much easier.
The good news is, Botox® injections only take just a few minutes. Because it is so quick, no anesthesia is required to make you more comfortable. The needle that is used to inject the Botox® is a very small gauge needle, so most people don’t experience anything more than just a small amount of pinching and discomfort.
Once the injections are finished, it can take anywhere from a week or two for the final results to be visible. At first, the area may be bruised or swollen. Because of this, it’s generally recommended that you stop drinking alcohol a few days before your appointment, as alcohol can make you bleed more easily. In addition, it is also recommended that you stop using certain anti-inflammatory medications and aspirin for the two weeks prior.
And finally, as much as you may want to, do not rub the area where you’ve gotten the Botox® injections. You may inadvertently spread the Botox® into other areas where you’re not intending it to go. For the same reasons, you’ll want to sit upright for a few hours and even abstain from exercising for the day. When you follow those guidelines, results can last up four to six months.
Miami Skin Institute wants you to be happy in your own skin. If learning to love yourself includes taking care of your skin, Botox® may be an option for you. Suppose, however, you’re not ready to jump to injectables to help improve your skin. In that case, our cosmetic laser procedures (Miami Skin Laser Treatment) may be a great alternative route to take to achieve skin tightening, wrinkle relaxation or whatever area you’re considering improving. No matter which option you choose, we are here to support you.