Morristown, NJ location is opening soon!

Forehead Fillers: Everything You Need To Know

A picture of Dr. Hardik Soni

Dr. Hardik Soni

Book Now

Have you noticed deep horizontal lines on your forehead that make you appear stressed or angry, even when you’re not? Do these stubborn wrinkles refuse to smooth with topical creams? 

Forehead wrinkles are a common sign of aging that can add years to your appearance. But you don’t have to live with them – forehead fillers offer a safe, effective solution.

In this complete guide, Dr. Soni will share what he knows about getting smooth, youthful-looking skin with forehead fillers. 

Read on to learn how they can turn back the clock and restore your vibrant glow.

What Causes Forehead Wrinkles?

Horizontal forehead lines typically develop from repeated muscle movements over time.

According to Dr. Soni, our skin loses collagen and elastin as we age – fibers that keep skin firm, supple, and wrinkle-free. Without these support structures, forehead skin sags. Frowning, raising eyebrows, and other frequent facial expressions crease the thinner skin, etching lines over time.

Causes of Forehead Wrinkles

  1. Loss of Elasticity: The deterioration of the elastic tissue network in the skin leads to a loss of elasticity, causing wrinkles. A. M. Kligman et al., 1985
  2. UV Exposure: Sun exposure can degrade skin elasticity and accelerate wrinkle formation. T. Fujimura et al., 2007
  3. Muscle Movements: Repeated muscle movements over time can lead to the formation of dynamic and static wrinkles. Y. Zhao et al., 2020
  4. Sebaceous Gland Density: This factor can prevent wrinkle deepening, making wrinkles less prominent on the forehead compared to other facial areas. Y. Tamatsu et al., 2015
  5. Diet: A healthy diet is associated with less facial wrinkling, including on the forehead. S. Mekić et al., 2019
  6. Lymphatic Dysregulation: This can lead to inflammation, scarring, and fibrosis, which are related to wrinkle formation. J. Pessa et al., 2014

Sun exposure also degrades collagen and ages skin prematurely. And some people simply have more active facial muscles that create deeper dynamic wrinkles. Genetics, smoking, and low hydration further degrade skin elasticity.

While topical skin creams can temporarily plump skin, they don’t address the underlying loss of volume. This is where forehead fillers come in – restoring youthful fullness to smooth away furrows.

How Do Forehead Fillers Work?

Forehead fillers like Restylane add volume under the skin to lift wrinkles and folds, replenishing lost collagen.

Dr. Soni ensures a clean treatment area to prevent infection during your in-office visit.A topical numbing cream or lidocaine injection keeps you comfortable.

Expertly using an ultra-fine needle, Dr. Soni injects the filler into targeted forehead areas, filling wrinkles.

Hyaluronic acid attracts and binds water molecules for natural-looking fullness, supporting skin structure and stimulating collagen growth.

Smoothing muscle movements redistributes the gel evenly. After the 15-30 minute procedure, patients can resume normal activities immediately with only minimal redness or swelling.

Results appear quickly but improve gradually over 2-3 weeks, offering a refreshed look for up to a year before a touch-up. Compared to surgery, it’s a convenient “lunchtime” wrinkle fix!

Modern Filler Techniques

Advances in facial filler techniques now enable cosmetic surgeons to improve volume loss, lines, and wrinkles around the eyes, cheeks, and chin, enhancing a youthful appearance.

Forehead Augmentation Technique with Calcium Hydroxyapatite Fillers

In one study, an innovative technique using soft-tissue calcium hydroxyapatite fillers for forehead augmentation. This minimally invasive approach aims to reduce forehead depressions and wrinkles with less risk than surgery. 

It involves a tumescent solution injection to create a safe space for filler placement and offers customized results with minimal pain and faster recovery.

What Are the Benefits of Forehead Fillers?

a woman with radiant skin

Forehead fillers offer numerous advantages over creams or surgery:


Unlike a brow lift, forehead fillers don’t require anesthesia or cutting into the skin. There is no lengthy recovery period or visible scarring. Treatment takes just 15-30 minutes in-office. Patients can return to work and normal activities immediately.

Natural-Looking Results

Skillfully injected, the gels provide subtle volume that blends seamlessly. Results appear smooth and natural – not stiff or “overdone.” Patients look like a well-rested version of themselves, not plastic.


While creams provide temporary plumping, injectables offer longer improvement of 9-12 months typically. As skin naturally breaks down the HA over time, the forehead gradually returns to its pre-treatment state. But the results can last over a year with optimal treatment.

Low Downtime

Aside from some minimal swelling or redness initially, forehead fillers require no real downtime. Patients see results immediately and can resume normal routines. This contrasts with the weeks of recovery after a surgical brow lift.


Injectables like Restylane are FDA-approved medical devices produced in regulated facilities. Patients can feel confident getting these safe, proven wrinkle reducers.


Injectable wrinkle relaxers provide lasting results at a reasonable price point. Average cost is $600-$800 per treatment. Results typically last at least 6 months. Compare this to the $5,000+ and weeks of recovery for a surgical brow lift procedure.

Am I A Good Candidate for Forehead Fillers?

Forehead fillers suit men and women who want to smooth moderate to severe wrinkles without surgery. Good candidates have:

  • Visible forehead creases at rest
  • Mild skin laxity with early jowling
  • Desire to soften versus eliminate wrinkles
  • Realistic expectations for results

The procedure works best for frown lines, horizontal creases, and mild hooding. It adds subtle volume to fill wrinkles but doesn’t lift saggy brow skin. Patients should be in overall good health without serious allergies or bleeding disorders.

Dr. Soni evaluates each patient during a consultation. He determines if you’re a good candidate and customizes a treatment plan to your facial anatomy and aesthetic goals. Proper patient selection helps ensure optimal results.

What Are the Most Popular Forehead Filler Brands?

The two leading brands of forehead fillers are Restylane and Juvederm. Both use hyaluronic acid (HA): a naturally occurring complex sugar that binds water to plump skin. Here’s an overview of each:


The Restylane family includes several formulas to treat different wrinkle depths and skin types. Restylane Refyne and Defyne add flexible volume with an ultra-smooth gel. Refyne flows easily to subtly fill in lines, while Defyne adds more structure for deeper wrinkles. Both stimulate collagen for natural-looking results.

Restylane Lyft contains particles suspended in the gel for a thicker texture. It lifts and fills deeper folds and wrinkles. This workhorse filler adds fullness where you need it most.

Restylane Silk is specially designed for fine lines around the eyes and mouth. The smooth, velvet-like gel fills creases gently for a delicate treatment.

All Restylane products contain lidocaine for comfort during injection. Results last 6-12 months typically.


Like Restylane, the Juvéderm collection offers different formulas tailored to wrinkle severity and location. Juvéderm Volbella XC has a soft, malleable texture ideal for smoothing lip lines and mild facial creases.

Juvéderm Vollure XC provides more volume for deeper wrinkles on the face and hands while remaining smooth and flexible. Juvéderm Voluma XC adds the most lift to fill age-related volume loss in the cheeks and midface.

All the gels utilize Vycross technology for smooth flow and a natural look and feel. Results typically last 9-12 months.

Under Dr. Soni’s expert eye, you can feel confident you’re getting the best forehead filler for your individual needs.

What to Expect During Your Forehead Filler Treatment

Ready to refresh your look with forehead fillers? Here’s a step-by-step guide to the quick, comfortable procedure:

  • Dr. Soni meets with you to understand your goals and devise a customized treatment plan. He examines your forehead wrinkles and selects the best filler formula and injection sites.
  • The treatment area is cleaned and numbed with a topical cream or injected lidocaine for comfort.
  • Using a thin micro-needle, Dr. Soni precisely injects the gel into the subdermal layer, targeting wrinkles and creases. Skilled injection technique ensures optimal results.
  • He lightly massages the area to evenly distribute the filler. Flexing facial muscles also helps smooth out any bumps.
  • An ice pack can provide soothing relief immediately after. But most patients have only minimal swelling or redness.
  • Within minutes, lines are softened visibly. But allow 2-3 weeks for final results as the area settles. Most patients need only yearly touch-ups to maintain wrinkle smoothing.

Dr. Soni’s artistic eye and experience with facial anatomy allows him to achieve beautiful, natural-looking outcomes. His calm manner and delicate touch keep patients comfortable throughout the quick forehead filler procedure.

What is Recovery Like After Forehead Fillers?

smiling woman applies moisturizer on her forehead

Minimal downtime is one of the biggest advantages of forehead fillers. You can resume normal activities right after your appointment. Use common sense when exercising or drinking alcohol in the first 24 hours when risk of bruising is highest. Avoid facials, laser treatments, or massages for 2 weeks post-treatment.

Follow Dr. Soni’s aftercare instructions:

  • Avoid manipulation: Don’t rub, press, or massage the treated areas for 24 hours to allow proper gel settling.
  • Sleep face up: Sleep on your back with your head slightly elevated to minimize swelling.
  • Apply cold compresses: Use cool packs as needed for swelling, tenderness, or mild bruising. Avoid heat.
  • Take OTC pain relievers if needed: Tylenol or ibuprofen can relieve discomfort. Avoid aspirin or blood thinners.
  • Wear SPF daily: Protect your skin from sun exposure which can break down results prematurely.

Call Dr. Soni with any excessive pain, swelling, redness, or hardness in the treatment area. But side effects are usually mild and subside within a few days. Most patients feel comfortable resuming normal routines immediately.

How Long Do Forehead Filler Results Last?

With optimal treatment, forehead fillers can last 6-12 months. But results vary based on several factors:

  • Filler formula – Thicker gels tend to last longer. Volbella may fade faster than Voluma, for example. Discuss options with Dr. Soni.
  • Injection skill – A practiced injector maximizes gel placement for longer-lasting wrinkle correction.
  • Lifestyle – Results fade faster with sun exposure, smoking, or frequent facial expressions. Reduce frowning and follow sun protection guidelines.
  • Metabolism – The filler gradually breaks down faster in some patients based on individual differences.

Schedule maintenance visits every 9-12 months to “top off” results and prevent wrinkle recurrence. Committing to an ongoing treatment plan gives the longest-lasting improvements.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Forehead Fillers?

As with any procedure, forehead fillers have some risks. But in Dr. Soni’s capable hands, side effects are usually mild and temporary. Possible complications include:

  • Mild swelling, redness, bruising at injection sites
  • Headache or tenderness
  • Asymmetry from uneven filling
  • Visible bumps or excessive filler
  • Allergic reaction in rare cases
  • Infection when unsterile technique is used (extremely rare)

Reduce risks by following Dr. Soni’s aftercare instructions. Avoid blood thinners several days before and after treatment to minimize bruising. Speak up about any medication allergies.

Most patients experience only minimal and temporary side effects like redness. More serious complications are very rare when an experienced injector like Dr. Soni performs the procedure. Schedule your consultation to learn more about side effects and their management.

Why Choose Dr. Soni for Your Forehead Filler Treatment?

Dr. Hardik Soni from Ethos Spa

When considering any cosmetic injectable procedure, choosing your practitioner carefully is key. As a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Soni offers patients:

Specialized Training and Experience

With deep expertise in facial anatomy and injection techniques, Dr. Soni achieves consistently beautiful results. Patients appreciate his eye for balance and proportion.

A Customized Approach

He doesn’t believe in a “one-size-fits-all” method. Dr. Soni carefully tailors your treatment to match your unique facial structure, skin, and aesthetic goals.

A Subtle, Understated Look

Dr. Soni focuses on restoring – not replacing – your natural appearance. You’ll look refreshed and glowing, not plastic or fake. His artistic vision produces gorgeous yet subtle outcomes.

Patient Comfort and Safety

Utilizing numbing and gentle injection methods, Dr. Soni keeps you comfortable. He follows strict protocols for sanitation and hygiene. Your satisfaction and well-being are his top priorities.

Direct Injector

Dr. Soni personally performs all treatments himself. His extensive expertise ensures you get the best possible results from your forehead fillers.

Turn back the clock on forehead wrinkles and recapture your youthful glow. Contact Dr. Soni’s office today to schedule your private consultation. Discover how forehead fillers can smooth stubborn creases for a rested, relaxed appearance.

Dr. Hardik Soni

MD, Founder/Lead Physician

About Dr. Hardik Soni

Dr. Hardik Soni is the founder and Medical Director of Ethos Aesthetics + Wellness. His primary focus is on minimally invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures including botulinum injection (Botox and Dysport), dermal fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse), laser hair removal, chemical peels, and laser skin rejuvenation. Dr. Soni believes in a more conservative approach and his first goal is education. Clients are able to determine the ideal treatments after discussion with Dr. Soni regarding the expected outcomes, cost, as well as risks.

Read More