Efficacy and Safety of OnabotulinumtoxinA Treatment of Forehead Lines Academic Article uri icon

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  • BACKGROUND: Various onabotulinumtoxinA doses are effective in treating forehead lines (FHL), with a trend toward lower doses. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate efficacy and safety of onabotulinumtoxinA dose-ranging treatment of FHL when the frontalis area and glabellar complex are treated together. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Adults with moderate-to-severe FHL received onabotulinumtoxinA 40 U (FHL, 20 U; glabellar lines [GL], 20 U), 30 U (FHL, 10 U; GL, 20 U), or placebo. Response was assessed at weeks 1, 2, day 30, and monthly to day 180. Coprimary efficacy end points were investigator- and subject-assessed Facial Wrinkle Scale scores of none or mild (day 30). Patient-reported outcomes, onset/duration of effect, and adverse events (AEs) were evaluated. RESULTS: Responder rates (investigator/subject, respectively) were 40-U group, 91.2%/89.5%; 30-U group, 86.4%/81.4%; placebo, 1.7%/5.1%. OnabotulinumtoxinA resulted in significantly greater responder rates than placebo (p < .001). Adverse events were mild to moderate and similar between groups (most common AEs: nasopharyngitis [4.6%] and headache [4.0%]). CONCLUSION: Treatment of FHL with onabotulinumtoxinA 40 and 30 U (in frontalis and glabellar complex muscles) was tolerable, effective, and sustained. Both doses significantly reduced FHL severity; however, the 40-U dose demonstrated a trend toward greater sustained benefit and longer duration of effect versus the 30-U dose, with similar AE rates.


  • Solish, Nowell
  • Rivers, Jason K
  • Humphrey, Shannon
  • Muhn, Channy
  • Somogyi, Chris
  • Lei, Xiaofang
  • Bhogal, Meetu
  • Caulkins, Carrie

publication date

  • March 2016