Forehead Wrinkles

What is involved in forehead wrinkle treatment?

The first step when looking for forehead wrinkle treatment is to have a medical consultation with a doctor. Consultation is required to assess the severity of forehead wrinkles and determine whether the lines and wrinkles are dynamic or static. The following is conducted during your consultation;

  • The doctor takes your medical history, asking you detailed questions and assessing your pre-consultation paperwork.
  • Forehead wrinkles are examined using a holistic approach, with skin laxity, volume loss, texture, and expression lines assessed.
  • Standardised clinical photos and videos of the entire face is taken
  • A VISIA skin analysis is performed for an objective record of your skin health and wrinkles
  • A forehead wrinkle treatment plan, including costs, is provided, and adequate time is allowed to pass (cooling-off period) before the treatment commences
  • An explanation of the proposed treatment is made and you will have opportunity to have any questions answered.
  • The potential risks, side effects and benefits of the proposed treatment are explained, and a consent form is completed before the treatment commences.

The treatment prescribed after your consultation will depend on the severity of your forehead wrinkles and whether they are static, dynamic, or a combination of both. We will also consider your skin’s condition, including laxity and hydration, and any volume loss due to ageing or weight loss.

Consultations for forehead wrinkle treatment are available with our doctors at our Lower Templestowe, Berwick and Beaumaris clinics.

The cause of forehead wrinkles

Forehead wrinkles are the lines that form across the forehead due to facial movements and expressions, as well as sleep lines. Forehead lines can also occur in tandem with volume loss as a result of fat atrophy in the ageing process, causing them to become more prominent.

The underlying mechanism causing wrinkling is the contraction of the frontalis muscle. This muscle is responsible for lifting the brows and making certain facial expressions.

The frontalis muscle is activated to help lift the brow and upper eyelid to improve the field of vision; that is, it ‘opens the eyes’. Therefore, it is particularly active in those with excess skin on their upper eyelids, which causes partial occlusion of the visual field. When upper eyelid skin causes a significant reduction in the visual field, it is possible that the frontalis muscle can become constantly activated (contracted) to lift the brows/eyelids to keep the eyes more open. The more active the frontalis muscle, the more significant the presence of horizontal lines in the forehead.

UV exposure seems responsible for 80% of visible facial ageing signs. The face is commonly exposed to the sun, and with prolonged or consistent UV exposure, it is prone to skin changes such as fine wrinkles, freckling, sun spots, solar damage, or skin cancers. Those with fairer skin are at higher risk of solar damage and need to be particular about their sun protection.

Skincare is a way to protect the skin, including the daily application of sunscreen. The sunscreen should ideally be SPF50+, and applied daily in the morning.

Other aspects of forehead ageing

Other than wrinkles, treatments for signs of forehead ageing may also be considered. Lasers are a treatment option that can treat brown spots or pigmentation more effectively than skin care alone. Lasers such as the Fraxel laser or Ruby laser can be used to reduce brown spots. For static wrinkles, or wrinkles that are etched into the skin, often skin resurfacing using a carbon dioxide laser such as the Lumenis Ultrapulse laser can be performed, however, significant downtime is required and this treatment is performed as a full face treatment.


Can I get rid of my forehead wrinkles?

Forehead wrinkles can be treated, but treatment is not permanent. Wrinkles are a natural part of the ageing process and the ageing process continues after treatment, but there are a few things you can do to try and prevent or reduce premature fine lines appearing on the forehead. Lifestyle changes that you can make to avoid premature wrinkles include:

The number of treatments required and the expected longevity will be determined by the treatment performed and the severity of the forehead wrinkles. Your doctor will be able to provide guidance on this during your initial consultation.

Can forehead volume be replaced?

The forehead loses volume with ageing due to loss of fat, bone resorption and thinning of the muscles and skin. This causes concavities to form in the forehead and the bony outline of the skull to become more evident. Furthermore, the loss of collagen in the ageing process can increase the visibility of forehead wrinkles.

Options for forehead volume loss can be discussed with your doctor during your consultation.

Who is a candidate for a forehead wrinkle consultation?

A candidate for forehead wrinkle consultation is someone who:

  • Has visible forehead wrinkles – Individuals with noticeable lines or creases on their forehead, whether they are static (present at rest) or dynamic (appear with facial expressions)
  • Has forehead volume loss – Those who have noticeable volume loss due to ageing or weight loss
  • Overall good health – Candidates should be in generally good health and free from any serious medical conditions that could interfere with the treatment or healing process.
  • Has realistic expectations – It’s important for candidates to have realistic expectations about the results that can be achieved with forehead wrinkle treatments.
  • Is committed to post-treatment care – Individuals who are willing to follow post-treatment care instructions to achieve the best possible results and minimise any potential side effects.

How much does forehead wrinkle treatment cost?

The cost of your treatment will depend on your individual needs and the treatment prescribed. The price will be discussed in your initial consultation, at which time you will received a detailed quotation. Consultation fees can be found on our pricing page.

What are the risks and side effects of forehead treatment?

Treatments for forehead wrinkles do carry risks and there will be a period of downtime following treatment.

The potential risks, side effects, and downtime will vary depending on which treatment is performed; however, you may generally experience redness, bruising, swelling, asymmetrical results, or infection.



Why choose Melbourne’s Victorian Cosmetic Institute for forehead wrinkle treatment

At Victorian Cosmetic Institute, we have consulted and treated forehead wrinkles since 2005. You are provided time for a thorough consultation with a doctor to communicate your concerns and for the doctor to perform their medical assessment.

To book an appointment, call our Customer Care team on 1300 863 824 or you can book online to schedule your consultation appointment.

Last updated July 2024