Forehead Filler

Forehead Filler

Before and after forehead fillers
Before and after forehead fillers

Forehead filler is a popular treatment at our Sydney clinic, particularly with our Asian patients and our ageing patients.

Patients either choose forehead filler to address the signs of ageing of the forehead, or to improve the shape of their forehead, Some patients have a flat forehead, some have depressed areas in the forehead. Another reason patients may choose to have forehead fillers is because they have prominent brow ridges (aka a neanderthal-type appearance). Injecting above a prominent brow ridge will reduce the appearance of this look. It will also beautify and feminise the appearance.

As we age, our forehead loses volume, sometimes causing an irregular appearance of the forehead, it is not smooth, and we are able to

Forehead filler is an advanced technique and available at our Sydney clinic by experienced doctors.

Assessment for forehead filler is very important

The forehead is a more risky area for dermal filler injection. It is an advanced technique and should only be performed by experienced injectors.

Forehead filler treatment

How much is required for forehead filler

The dose required for forehead filling would typically be between 1-4mls

The injector will assess the face and decide on the best dose after taking a history and examining the patient.

A typical  plan for forehead fillers is the following

Inject forehead fillers. Injector may choose to inject 1-2 mls to start with

4 weeks later review and inject further forehead fillers

4 weeks later review and inject further forehead fillers if required

Often the forehead is looking quite smooth and well shaped after 3 or so treatments. After that the forehead should be injected approximately yearly or less. The lasting of forehead filler can be many years.

Pain relief during treatment

A numbing cream (eg EMLA or LMX ) may be applied to the area prior to the treatment (45 minutes prior is ideal) Glad wrap may be used over the numbing cream to increase its effect.

Local aneasthetic may be injected into the area

There is local anaesthetic in the dermal filler

Ice is always used to decrease pain and to reduce the risk of bruising.

Nitrous oxide (happy gas) is available for patients to use when having fillers for forehead.

What happens during the dermal filler in forehead filler treatment itself?

The face will be cleaned with alcohol and chlorhexidine.

Local anaesthetic may be injected into forehead.

A cannula may be used

Ice will be applied to the area briefly before treatment The doctor will inject using a needle as an entry point for the cannula. The cannula will then be removed. Then pressure with gauze will be applied.

Multiple injections may be required in this area.

Technical considerations for injecting

The forehead is a difficult area to inject and get smooth. There are many depressions in the forehead as we age, and it may take multiple treatments to address all of these.

Forehead filler is a very risky area for more serious side effects, so should only be performed by experts.

How will I look after forehead filler?

There may be redness and swelling.

There may be bruising and swelling at the cannula entry sites

Side effects /risks with forehead filler

Bruising occurs in a significant number of cases.

Swelling in the injection area will occur. This will last for at least 48 hours

Asymmetry: Sometimes one side is better treated than the other, this is usually because the patient is asymmetrical to start with.

Infection is a very rare complication, but always a possibility when the needle goes into the skin.

Necrosis (blood vessel being blocked, interfering with blood supply to the skin) is very rare. This could lead to scarring.

Blindness is a rare but possible side effect, and  this needs careful consideration by the patient

Need for further treatment: Often with forehead filler, it may take several treatments to achieve the results the patient expects

Instructions for care afterward

No makeup for 4 hours

No heavy exercise that day

No acid face products for 24 hours

No spas no saunas, no hot yoga for 1 week post treatment

Before and after forehead filler
Before and after forehead filler
Forehead filler before and after
Forehead filler before and after

After Forehead filler

What to expect after a forehead filler  treatment?

The effect of the dermal filler will be obvious immediately

Most of the swelling from the dermal filler will have resolved by 2-3 days after the procedure. There may be a small amount of swelling for even 2-4 weeks after the procedure.

The result can be reviewed at 4 weeks after treatment and further treatment can be performed if the line isn’t adequately lifted. Often 3 treatments may be necessary

How long will the treatment last?

Often if the result is achieved after 3 treatments of forehead filler are performed, the procedure won’t be required again for a year. Patients are advised to also continue muscle relaxing injections for the forehead

Cost of Forehead Filler:

Cost is per syringe and it is an advanced area of filler injecting. Please see our pricing page

Forehead antiwrinkle is different to forehead filler

Here we can see below that forehead antiwrinkle injections stop the frontalis muscle from working, but they do not volumise or change the shape of the forehead.

Before and after forehead antiwrinkle injection
Before and after forehead antiwrinkle injections