Botox for Under Eye Wrinkles: Yea or Nay
As our patients hit 30, one of their biggest concerns is often aging around the eyes. Fine lines, wrinkles and hollowness or dark under eye circles start appearing more pronounced.
Hollowness and dark circles under the eyes can cause one to look tired or not well-rested. No matter how much sleep a person gets, the problem seems unresolved.
One of our board-certified aesthetic doctors talks about how that hollowness and lines can appear less visible.
Can you use Botox under your eyes?
Botox, a botulinum toxin type A, is among the most popular aesthetic procedures in Chandler, used to improve one’s appearance. While fillers add volume to plump the treated areas, Botox paralyzes certain muscles and leaves smoother-looking and refreshed skin.
Injecting Botox to treat dark under eye circles or hollowness is an off-label use in the US. The FDA hasn’t approved the use of Botox under the eyes for cosmetic purposes. Few studies have looked into the effectiveness of Botox for under-eye treatments and doctors are conservative about its result to treat eye wrinkles.
Potential Side Effects
The area is very delicate, so there is a high risk of having Botox injected around the eyes. Side effects include:
-Difficulty closing the eyes
-Swelling of the lower eyelid making the eyes look puffier.
Other known side effects of Botox include:
-Pain at the injection site
Botox Alternatives for Under-Eye Treatment
“The best way to address the under eyes problem is the use of dermal fillers,” says the Lazaderm doctor. Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane are the go-tos. The dermal fillers fill in the shadow and reduce the appearance of dark circles. If you develop mild swelling under the eyes or eye puffiness, fillers and fat transfers can also help blend the swelling and remove the excess fat from under the eye.
Laser treatments can also be used to tighten the skin or to brighten the dark/blueish colors.
What Can Botox Treat?
Botox is FDA-approved to address aging signs around the eyes areas includes:
-Glabellar lines, also known as frown lines
What to Expect from a Botox Treatment
During treatment, a Chandler Botox injector will inject it into the areas of concern which may include the forehead, frown lines, or crow’s feet lines.
The treatment only takes a few minutes with hardly any downtime. Many patients have Botox injections over lunchtime and return back to work or normal activities immediately.
The number of units of Botox needed to achieve desired results varies depending on the treated areas and the aesthetic goal of each patient. During the initial consultation, our board-certified Botox doctor at Lazaderm Chandler will examine your facial anatomy, aging concerns, and determine the number of units necessary to achieve your best results.
Patients starting seeing the results within a few days. The optimal effect will appear within 2 weeks. Results from a Botox injection lasts about 3 to 4 months. The “go-to” fillers are Juvederm Vobella and Restylane.
It’s recommended to schedule a follow-up Botox injection every three to four months to maintain smoother and younger skin.