Move over Botox - It’s All About Fillers In Your Forehead!

If TikTok is the epicentre of the twenty-twenties-cosmetic-treatments zeitgeist, then we can be pretty certain that forehead fillers are going to be the next big trend. According to Refinery29, one of the most clicked forehead filler videos — with 1.6 million views and counting — shows a patient's journey after having the procedure done in Korea, where they say it's increasingly popular. Looking at the hashtag, the volume of views, people commenting and likes that it's attracting, forehead fillers are becoming a treatment that more and more people are seeking out. But why is everyone suddenly getting forehead filler?

What’s the difference between Botox and filler?

Firstly, let’s remember that Botox is a brand name for botulinum toxin, yet 'Botox' is used to cover all brands in common parlance (chat), so we’ll stick with that so we don’t confuse you further. The main difference between the two is that Botox relaxes the muscle under the skin, filler hydrates and shapes the skin. So while they can both reduce the appearance of wrinkles, filler can reshape the structure of a face, so, for example, if you have a protruding forehead, filler can smooth it to a more curved shape. I like to think of filler as plasticine and Botox as glue! One changes shape, the other freezes stuff in place!

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Why would I have filler rather than Botox?

There may be a number of reasons why a practitioner might choose fillers instead of Botox as a forehead treatment. This can range from indentations which can’t be solved using Botox, or because the patient isn’t just looking to reduce wrinkles but wants to change the shape of their forehead.

Dr Hannah Murphy is the lead clinician at Dermis Skin Aesthetics and says in the right circumstances fillers is an effective forehead treatment. Hannah says:

“I have used it a few times with certain clients. It is good for supporting deep forehead lines which won’t go with Botox or injecting directly in the lines. It is also good for clients with drooping eyebrows, which are heavy due to volume loss.”

Dr Hannah Murphy from Dermis Skin Aesthetics has seen fantastic results from using filler in the forehead

Is forehead filler good for men?

Nurse Practitioner Natalie Haswell, from Haswell Aesthetics Medical Colchester says forehead filler is particularly great for guys!

Natalie says: “I have a few male patients who I treat very effectively with forehead filler and it gives great results. They are more suitable patients for this due to their predominantly flat frontal bone and muscle atrophy which in turn can make the glabella muscles more prominent, which can be ageing but is also very rejuvenating with filler.”

Nurse practitioner Natalie Haswell, from Haswell Aesthetics Medical Colchester says that dermal fillers are a particularly good treatment choice for male patients

How long do forehead fillers last?

You can generally expect the effects to last between six and 24 months, depending on the area you have targeted and the type of filler used. After this time, you will notice the areas begin to return to the way they were before the treatment.

How much do forehead fillers cost?

The price of fillers really depends on the type you want and how much is needed to address your specific problem. Just as a comparison, for lip fillers, you will pay from around £250 upwards,cheek fillers,will start from £350, and from £450 for liquid rhinoplasty.

Are forehead fillers risky?

As with all medical treatments, there are risks that you need to be aware of and they will be discussed with you during your consultation. Alongside an allergic reaction, one of most serious complications to be aware of is is vascular occlusions which are a very rare, but a very serious risk.

Vascular occlusions are where blood vessels are blocked either directly - i.e. when filler is injected directly into an artery or vein - or due to a compression blockage - i.e. when filler is injected close to a vessel and blocks it indirectly.

Symptoms of occlusions include:

  • Severe pain
  • Blanching of the skin and/or white spots
  • Mottled skin
  • Blue/black discolouration
  • Poor capillary refill (when healthy skin is pressed, it should ‘pink up’ as soon as the pressure is removed. If the skin remains pale, it indicates the blood supply is impaired)
  • Blisters
  • Skin shedding
  • Blindness

The speed at which the symptoms arise depends on whether an artery or vein has been blocked. When arteries are blocked, the onset of symptoms is rapid and the practitioner needs to act quickly and decisively. When veins are blocked, the onset of symptoms usually begins once you’ve returned home after your treatment.

If you experience any of these symptoms you MUST contact your practitioner immediately. We can't stress this strongly enough! It will need urgent attention that only be given by a medically qualified practitioner - another reason why you should only ever see a medic for these treatments!

How do I find forehead fillers near me?

Regardless of whether you are interested in Botox or fillers, the key thing to consider is the practitioner, who you should always be sure is safe and qualified. You can book consultations for the treatment of lines and wrinkles or fillers on the Glowday search tool, knowing that all practitioners listed on our site are medically qualified and trained in aesthetics.

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Find out more about Botox and dermal fillers in our handy treatment guides.

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