Clients ask me this all the time. I can see them hold their breath a little, like they expect me to bash it immediately.
They’re always surprised when I say that I’m not opposed to it and it’s an individual choice.
I haven’t gotten it (yet) myself. I’m only 35 and I have good genetics, excellent skincare, and positive lifestyle factors (like an excellent sleep routine and an anti-inflammatory diet) on my side, along with a solid RBF, so I don’t have a lot of muscle movement in my forehead anyway LOL. I personally choose the route I’m about to outline below, as it’s a lifestyle that is important to me and aligns with my priorities.
I’m not here to tell you that you should or shouldn’t get injections, nor will I argue things like potential side effects. That’s not my lane, and it’s something for each person to research for themselves, discuss with their medical provider, and make their own informed decisions about what is best for them. What I DO have an opinion on is the result that you’re trying to achieve, and the steps you’re willing to put in to get there.
What do you WANT, and what is important to you?
Do you want a completely smooth forehead with minimal effort?
Is it important to you to age as gently as possible without the use of fillers and Botox, and you’re willing to make aging gently a lifestyle?
You can absolutely age beautifully without injections. If this is the route someone wants to take (and the one I’ve chosen for myself at this time), then I will suggest starting with a solid, professional homecare routine. You must have the very basics, like a face wash, moisturizer, and sunscreen, and also a serum with Vitamin A to stimulate collagen, and keep your cell turnover moving.
You’ll need monthly facials with treatments like microcurrent (to relax or strengthen muscles in the face), lymphatic drainage (to move stagnant fluid out of the face and keep your jawline sharp and your eyelids lifted), and probably some LED (to give your cells the energy to do what they were made to do). If you have time, doing gua sha at home on a regular basis will be very helpful as well.
Then lifestyle factors: focusing on an anti-inflammatory diet will be incredibly helpful. After all, like some people say, “aging is inflammation.” Low in sugar, low in dairy, lots of veggies. Are you intentionally doing what you can to manage and reduce stress? Do you get good quality sleep at night? I always recommend seeing a functional medicine Dr, getting bloodwork done, and working with them on balancing any deficiencies in the body.
But after all that, topicals and facials really only do so much. You’re still going to have some lines and wrinkles eventually, even though you will look GREAT for any age. If you read all the above and thought “that’s a no for me, dawg. That’s too much work and I don’t have the time for all that”, then we move back into priorities and expectations.
The most effective, quickest, easiest solution for wrinkles, that requires no daily work on your end? Injections.
Also, it doesn’t have to be either/or. You can certainly do everything above, or none of it at all. At the end of the day, I’m here to give you honest guidance on how to get what YOU want, and support any decisions you make about aesthetics. And to give you a killer facial in the meantime.