FDA Approves Botox for Forehead Lines

Written by Dr. Paul M. Graham

agt-botox-cosmetic-2For many decades, Botox has been used to soften and eliminate lines on the face and neck. However, until recently the FDA had only approved the use of Botox for the frown lines (glabellar lines) and crows feet (lateral canthal lines). Despite not being FDA approved for the forehead, physicians have been injecting the area since the discovery of this groundbreaking toxin and seeing excellent results. This approval marks the third indication for Botox and continues to add to the versatility of treatment options for fine lines and wrinkles.

To learn how Botox works and more, check out our previous articles below

  1. A Shot of Youth: Neurotoxin

  2. Beyond the Basics of Botulinum Toxin

  3. The Millennial’s Guide to Cosmetic Procedures


Patient selection, dosing, and injection technique vary depending on the individual characteristics of the face. This is the key to optimizing treatment outcomes and minimizing adverse effects. In the hands of board-certified dermatologists and plastic surgeons, Botox injections can be extremely effective in reducing hyperfunctioning facial muscles which contribute to the development of etched in lines over time.

Common side effects of Botox include bruising and pain at the injection site. In rare cases, when injected with too high of a concentration, eyebrow and eyelid droop may occur. This is temporary and typically resolves over several weeks to months, depending on the amount and location of the treatment.

With this new FDA approval, we hope that this opens the eyes of all of those hesitant in undergoing Botox injections and encourages conversation with your board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon about this safe and effective treatment option for fine lines and wrinkles.



  1. https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/886465?src=wnl_tp10n_171109_mscpedit&uac=173692SR&impID=1478676&faf=1
  2. https://www.botoxcosmetic.com/

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Published by Dr. Paul M. Graham

Paul M. Graham, D.O. (Founder/Editor-in-chief) founded Dimensional Dermatology in May 2016 with the vision to provide concise, easy to read, up-to-date dermatology and aesthetic medicine information to patients, medical staff, providers, and the general public. Dr. Graham is currently completing his training as a cosmetic dermatologic surgery fellow in Virginia Beach, Virginia at the McDaniel Laser and Cosmetic Center. He completed his dermatology training at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and was a clinical instructor at Michigan State University. He received his B.S. degree as Summa Cum Laude at Old Dominion University, his D.O. degree as Cum Laude at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed his internship at Largo Medical Center in Largo, Florida as chief intern, and completed his dermatology residency training at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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