Understanding What Causes Forehead Wrinkles

Understanding What Causes Forehead Wrinkles | Perfect Skin Center

Forehead wrinkles are a cosmetic concern that isn’t just limited to older individuals. Expressive people can begin to notice deep lines on their forehead as young as their 20s that only get deeper with age.

There are many different causes of horizontal lines on the forehead. But at Perfect Skin Center in Tempe, AZ, we can help you find the right solution to treat your forehead wrinkles and enjoy a smoother and more youthful appearance. We can also help you understand the cause of your wrinkles and help you to take care of your skin, preventing the wrinkles from getting deeper. 

What Can Cause Forehead Wrinkles?


While patients in their 30s and younger can experience forehead wrinkles, they become more and more common as the skin ages. As you mature, your skin will stop producing as much collagen and elastin which are both essential for maintaining skin elasticity, strength, and thickness. Skin that is less elastic will have a harder time bouncing back which can lead to folds and lines in the skin.

Sun Exposure

UV rays can increase the aging process. If you have spent a lot of time in the sun and haven’t protected your skin with sunscreen, you may be more at risk for developing deep expression lines. 

Expressive Features

Some people are more expressive than others. If you have an expressive face, your skin will likely develop lines faster. Repetitive muscle movement can cause the skin to fold over and over again until the lines and wrinkles remain even when your expression is neutral.


Smoking can damage collagen and elastin fibers in the skin leading to faster aging and more pronounced wrinkles.


Certain individuals may have more of a predisposition to certain wrinkles than others. Genetics can determine the amount of collagen and elastin in your skin as well as your skin’s susceptibility to UV rays and the skin’s ability to repair itself. 

Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, the lack of hydration can cause the skin to wrinkle and fold more easily. By properly hydrating your skin, you can help prevent lines from getting worse and improve the health of your skin.

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HA Dermal Fillers for Forehead Wrinkles

If you already have deep forehead wrinkles, you may be looking for a way to treat them. HA dermal fillers can provide a solution for certain patients. Many dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid which is a substance already naturally found in the body. In its synthetic form, HA can be injected into the forehead to help fill in horizontal wrinkles and make your forehead more smooth. We use JUVÉDERM® for wrinkles as well as other fillers such as Restylane® products.

Botox for Expression Lines

One of the most effective ways to treat forehead lines is neuromodulators. Botox is FDA-approved specifically for treating forehead wrinkles. Botox is injected into the forehead at several different points, targeting the muscles that contract, causing wrinkles on the forehead. After a week or more, the muscles relax, preventing the skin from folding. With regular treatments, you can not only reduce the appearance of forehead lines, but you can also prevent these lines from getting deeper. 

Laser Resurfacing for Lines and Wrinkles

Laser resurfacing can help restore your skin, reducing lines and wrinkles, improving texture, and evening tone and pigmentation. We offer several different platforms to target your specific concerns. For forehead wrinkles, we may suggest our Sciton® Micro Laser Peel™ treatments. This device removes the top layers of skin while also tightening the dermis.

During a laser peel treatment, the laser energy is absorbed by water that is in the cells of your skin. This causes the skin cells to ablate or vaporize allowing for new, healthy skin to grow in its place. Additional collagen and elastin are produced in the skin promoting a texture that has fewer lines and wrinkles.

Medical Grade Skin Care Products

Because dry and sun-damaged skin can contribute to forehead wrinkles, choosing the right skin care products for your skin can help to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and prevent them from getting deeper. We offer a full range of medical grade skin care products that offer superior results when compared with cosmeceuticals found in stores.

One of the products that we offer is DefenAge®. This line utilizes the power of peptides which work with your stem cells to create new skin, helping you to have a healthy and refreshed appearance. NEOVA® also has a line of skin care products that help to repair damaged DNA, revitalize the skin, and protect it. 

We offer many more products that can help reduce lines and wrinkles and restore the overall health of your skin including ISDIN®, Clarisonic®, Jan Marini Skin Research®, SkinMedica®, Skinbetter Science®, and more. To find out which skincare products can best serve your skin type and skin concerns, you can schedule a consultation with us. We will help you develop a skin care regimen that is personalized and will give your skin everything it needs.

Smoothing Your Forehead Wrinkles

There are many things that contribute to your forehead wrinkles. Whether you have dry skin, have spent too much time in the sun, or simply have an expressive face, we can help to resolve your horizontal lines and keep them from getting deeper. At Perfect Skin Center, we care about both the health and appearance of your skin. To schedule a consultation with us, contact us today by phone or by filling out an online form.    


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