Can You Get Botox Under Your Eyes?

can you use botox under your eyes

A superb way to cheat the aging process and erase the trace of time is through aesthetic procedures. Out of all beauty treatments out there, Botox has become the universal staple for thousands of clients eager to rejuvenate their looks efficiently

A simple, quick, yet specifically designated procedure, Botox makes for a more vibrant facial appearance, and helps every patient maintain their youthfulness throughout the years. Not just aesthetics, the bacterium toxin known as Botox has long been used to treat various health concerns as well, such as TMJ dislocation, and excessive sweating.  

Botox targets various problematic areas on the face, including the eye area – when specifically targeted for the purpose.  

Read on to learn how Botox works in favor of your timeless beauty – and what you should know before booking a treatment. 

What can Botox help with? 

Botox is one way to keep a stunning appearance as the years pass, but like most procedures, Botox, too, is temporary. Botox used for cosmetic operations on patients is also known as botulinum toxin type A, which is directly injected into the skin. 

When applied, Botox helps relax the muscles, thus allowing you a more skin-snatched and brightened up appearance. As a versatile treatment option, some of the issues Botox targets include: 

  • Twitching eyelids issues (relaxes the lids)
  • Smile lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Crossed eyes (strabism) 
  • Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) 
  • Cervical dystonia (neck twitches) 

Depending on the treatment at hand and the amount used, the results of a Botox session can last up anywhere between 2-4 months, and longer, with every additional session. As for the cost, based on the product used, the target area worked on, and the amount used, a Botox treatment can cost from $300 to $1000.

Can Botox be used under the eyes?

Unfortunately, Botox has not been approved by the FDA for direct under eye treatments. However, Botox can be easily used to treat, smoothen, and lift the side eye area, by basically lifting and strengthening the eye muscles and connective tissues. 

According to established research, Botox can be used to rejuvenate the eyes by actively working on any of the following areas:

  • ‘Crow’s feet’ or wrinkles that appear on the sides of the eyes
  • Forehead lines, caused by intense facial expressions 
  • Frown lines, or eleven lines, located between the eyebrows
  • Eye or facial asymmetry 

As a treatment, Botox helps the lower eyelid appear much plumper and fuller, all the while eliminating all signs of exhaustion and tiredness. 

Researchers state that the effects of Botox directly rely on the amount injected and the continuance in which the sessions are done. When applied at the lower eyelid, patients will likely receive around 8 units of Botox to witness the best results. However, most aestheticians will avoid using Botox under the eyes, as the area muscles are needed for proper functioning, not relaxing.  

Before you jump on the Botox band-wagon, you first need to set a right course of treatment and diagnosis with a professional. This is because some types of wrinkles are not compatible or solved with a Botox treatment. For instance, Botox can fix skin issues when it comes to dynamic wrinkles, but does very little for fine lines. 

– What are the steps of getting Botox under the eyes? 

Once you have settled on your wrinkle type and been approved for Botox, you enter your waiting period. During this time, your doctor might advise you on following a specific dietary plan.

The first step of receiving Botox treatment is having your skin cleansed. Next, the medical professional will mark the trouble areas using a marker and use the markings as a guide throughout the procedure. The procedure is quick and painless.

– When does Botox take effect? 

It can take up to 3 or 5 days for the initial effect of a Botox treatment to show. As per specialists in the area, it might even take two weeks before the treatment results show in full effect. 

What are the side effects of Botox?

Some of the downsides of getting a Botox treatment include visible bumps on the skin, due to the injections and/or mild bruising around the eye area that typically fades in 24 hours. In some patients, the following post-procedure symptoms may arise as well: 

  • Drooping eyes
  • Numb eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Difficulty closing 
  • Swollen lower eyelid

Out of the rarer side-effects that come with a Botox treatment, patients may experience mild bleeding, wooziness, and skin redness. Whilst Botox is designed for most of-age patients who need a suited treatment, pregnant women and those struggling with chronic illnesses should not venture to the procedure. 

To Botox or Not?

Botox is the all-around fixer-upper for a variety of skin issues. If your goal is to boost your physical appearance, enhance the youthfulness of your skin and lift that eye area for a more vibrant look – Botox is the quickest, less painful and most affordable option to consider. Even so, a doctor’s appointment is a must so a proper treatment course is established. 

Dr. Carol Eisenstat

Dr. Carol Eisenstat

is a highly trained and skilled board-certified anesthesiologist with a passion for facial aesthetics. She completed an accelerated 7-year combined Bachelor of Science – Medical Doctor program from CUNY – Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education and SUNY-Stony Brook University. Her education was achieved with high honors and she graduated with Magna Cum Laude distinction.

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