Forehead reduction surgery is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed nowadays. It is often used to make a person look younger or even to improve facial features such as a prominent chin, large nose, small mouth etc. There are many different types of forehead reduction surgeries available today which include: Botox injections; fillers; laser treatments; skin grafting techniques and other methods.
Botox injections are generally considered to be the safest and most effective forms of forehead reduction surgery. They have been shown to reduce the size of your forehead by approximately 1/3rd. However, they do not work well on all individuals due to individual differences in genetics. Some people have very little reaction while others experience severe side effects including numbness, tingling sensations, muscle weakness and even death from cardiac arrest.
Fillers are usually injected into the bone under the skin. These fillers help to increase blood flow to the area where it’s needed most. Fillers can be either saline or silicone based depending upon their effectiveness and safety profile. Most fillers contain ingredients such as aloe vera gel, beeswax, corn starch, gelatin and various vitamins and minerals.
Laser treatments help to slowly shrink the skin on the forehead over an extended period of time. The heat produced by the laser damages collagen and results in a loss of flexibility of the skin, which causes it to begin to sag. Another method is using a radiofrequency device that uses heat generated from radio waves to provide energy for tissue expansion. It can also be used to contract the muscles between the brows that cause vertical lines to form on the forehead.
Skin grafting is also a common method used to reduce the size of one’s forehead. Surgeons take skin from another area on your body and move it to the forehead. The problem with this method is skin elasticity decreases over time, resulting in continued sagging.
Finally, there are many home remedies that claim to minimize the size of a person’s forehead. These include massages, applying ice packs, drinking plenty of water and many others.
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