This blog will discuss Botox’s role in minimizing under-eye circles and crow’s feet. Let’s first look at what Botox is.
Botox is an excellent anti-aging treatment. Botox can be used to reduce crow’s feet, under-eye wrinkles, and other signs of aging in many cases. However, this is not always possible.
Botox for Minimizing Under Eye Circles
Your skin and facial muscles change as you age, which can impact the appearance of your eyes. As a result, you may notice lines and wrinkles, as well as dark circles or bags under your eyes. Botox might seem like a great way to reverse the signs of aging. However, there are risks associated with Botox injections.
Why is Botox Used to Treat Under-Eye Circles?
Botox, a neurotoxin, is used cosmetically to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Botulinum toxin type A is the active ingredient in Botox. It temporarily paralyzes facial muscles responsible for wrinkles.
Botox can be used to reduce under-eye circles, but it is rarely used under the eyes as an individual treatment. Some dermatologists will instead include the under-eye region as an injection site for crow’s foot.
Some Under Eye Problems Cannot Be Solved by Botox
- Dark circles
As they age, many people experience dark circles under their eyes. This is normal with aging. As you age, your skin becomes thinner and darker. Dark circles under the eyes can be genetically predisposed.
- Eye puffiness
When you get old, mild swelling can also occur under the eyes. It is because the muscles supporting your eyelids begin to weaken. This causes some fat to migrate into your eyelids. This can cause puffiness and the appearance of bags under your eyes.
How Would You Know If You Should Get Botox?
This procedure may be suitable for reducing dynamic wrinkles caused by facial muscles being used to make expressions. Unfortunately, Botox cannot treat static wrinkles visible at rest. To know if you are suitable to get the Botox treatment, you should check the following instructions.
- You must be over 18 years old.
- Healthy facial muscles are essential for Botox under the eye. Botox is best suited for younger patients with good eyelid support and older patients with healthy orbital anatomy.
- You should generally be healthy with no neuromuscular conditions or other serious health issues.
- This procedure is not recommended for people over 60 with severe facial wrinkles or those with weak or impaired eyes.
- Botox should be avoided if you’re pregnant or nursing. The effects of Botox are still unknown on unborn and nursing infants.
What Happens During the Procedure?
Botox for treating under-eye circles is a non-surgical procedure and takes about 30 minutes. Tiny needles are used to inject the orbicularis Oculi, a facial muscle that closes your eyelids. Most physicians only need one to two units of Botox per side.
Botox is often injected under the eye as part of a treatment to treat crow’s feet. Botox injections in the lower eyelids and crow’s feet are more effective than those administered to the lower eyelids.
Is This Treatment Effective?
Botox can be used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes in certain cases. However, some doctors warn that Botox might not be able to resolve wrinkles under the eyes. This is because many wrinkles in this area are due to skin laxity or thinning, which Botox can’t fix. These cases often call for other options such as fillers or fat transfer and laser resurfacing.
What is the Lifespan of This Treatment?
Botox usually takes three to seven days to show its effects. In some cases, it can take up to a whole month before you see complete results. Botox injections under your eyes usually last three to four months for most patients. After that, if you want to keep your results, you can repeat the treatment.
Side Effects of the Treatment
Botox can be used to reduce wrinkles under the eyes. However, cosmetic professionals recommend against it due to the high risk of weakening your lower eyelid.
It can lead to several medical and cosmetic issues. For example, a weaker eyelid can cause the lower lid to pull away from the eyeball. This may make it look less attractive and lead to dry eyes, blurry vision, difficulty seeing and other eye problems. Botox can also cause side effects such as:
- Bruising and swelling around the injection site
- Neck pain
- Muscle weakness
Botox for Minimizing Crow’s Feet
Botox injections for crow’s feet is one of the most popular procedures. Crow’s feet are the fan-shaped facial wrinkles found near your outside corners. Unfortunately, these wrinkles can be difficult to treat at home. Botox Cosmetic is the most popular use of this product. The injections relax the muscles around your eyes so that your skin is smoother. You may notice the effects when you laugh.
How is the Treatment Done?
Botox Cosmetic can be injected directly into the area around your crow’s feet using fine needles. However, your doctor may recommend that you first numb the area with a topical anesthetic such as ice, even if your tolerance is good.
Your doctor will begin the injections once the skin around the eyes has been numb. The treatment will take only a few minutes because crow’s feet only cover a small portion of the face.
Combining Botox injections with other treatments may prolong the procedure. Sometimes, laser treatments can be used with Botox for Crow’s Feet.
Is the Treatment Effective?
Botox injections take about three days to show visible results around your eyes. After a few days, the muscles around your eyes might begin to relax. The effects usually last between three and four months. You will need to visit your doctor every few months to ensure smoothness around your eyes.
Recovery Time for the Treatment
Botox takes a shorter time to heal than other cosmetic procedures. As a result, you can go home immediately after you have received your Botox injections unless you experience side effects that need to be treated.
Side Effects of the Treatment
Botox is the best option for many people suffering from crow’s feet. It is quick and effective. However, side effects can still occur. Although more severe side effects are rare, you must discuss them with your doctor.
You might feel some reddening and swell around the eyes after leaving the clinic. You might also get minor bruises. These effects can occur when Botox is injected into the muscles around your eyes. However, there shouldn’t be any widespread inflammation. Other possible side effects include:
- Excessive tears in your eyes
- Dryness, especially around the injection site
- Droopy eyes
- Crooked eyebrows
You should seek medical attention immediately if you have any of these rare but severe side effects.
- Muscle weakness that begins in your face and extends throughout your body
- Bladder control issues
- Trouble breathing
- Vision or speech loss
- Problems swallowing food or drinks
To get the best results from Botox, you must stick to it.
Botox can be used continuously to treat crow’s foot. However, this treatment is not suitable for everyone, based on your health history. If you are currently taking any herbal supplements or medications, tell your healthcare provider. To reduce side effects, your healthcare provider may ask you to stop using them temporarily.