Botulinum toxin, also called Botox, is a medication used to relieve muscle contraction, minimizing the presence of wrinkles in prominent areas such as between the eyebrows, around the eyes and mouth.
However, the FDA recommends against getting Botox under the eyes for aesthetic purposes, unless absolutely necessary. Several studies have shown possible side effects from under-eye Botox injections.
Let Thea share with you more information about Botox for under-eye wrinkles!
How does Botox work?
There are 3 main ingredients in each cylinder of Botox, including botulinum toxin type A, albumin, and sodium chloride. Botulinum toxin type A is the one doing the heavy lifting.
When injected into the body, Botox blocks the nerve impulses, resulting in muscle contraction and paralysis. This is mainly how it reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
Botox only works for wrinkles in certain areas in the face such as between the eyebrows, on the forehead, and the sides of the eyes and mouth. However, this is not a long-term solution to wrinkles. Botox will stop blocking the nerve impulses and the muscles will get back to normal after 3 to 6 months. You will need more Botox injections to maintain the results.
How effective is Botox for under-eye wrinkles?
A 2003 study aimed to find if Botox under and around the eyes can reduce the appearance of wrinkles in these areas. There were 19 females participating in this study. All of them had crow’s feet and eye bags. After receiving Botox injections under the eyes, the wrinkles were significantly reduced and the results were better than those who only received Botox injections in the upper eyelid.
This proves that Botox injections can make the lower eyelid look fuller, covering wrinkles and bags.
Side effects of Botox under eyes
Although it is effective in reducing wrinkles and eye bags, Botox injections under the eyes can cause several side effects such as trouble closing the eyes, numbness, swelling, bruising, dizziness, and pain at the injection area.
Alternatives to Botox for cosmetic purposes
Facelift and facial rejuvenation procedures provided at THEA, other types of fillers, and certain home remedies can be great alternatives to wrinkle-reducing Botox injections under eyes.
It is important to know what exactly you want to achieve from a procedure. Techniques used to reduce wrinkles under the eyes will be very different from those used to treat dark circles.
Firstly, see if your everyday habits are contributing to the formation of wrinkles and bags under the eyes. If the answer is yes, the following strategies can be of help:
- Get enough sleep, from 7 to 8 hours per day
- Quit smoking and any other stimulants
- Avoid salty foods to prevent excessive buildup of sodium in the body. Sodium can cause the body to retain water, causing fluid retention and puffiness under the eyes
- Elevate your head during sleep to keep fluids from building up under the eyes
- Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun and always use a sunscreen when going outdoors
Besides, many people get other fillers to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and dark circles. Laser treatment is also a preferred option for many women nowadays. Laser beams stimulate the production of collagen, making your skin look fuller and firmer. However, be sure to discuss thoroughly with your doctor or an expert aesthetician before pursuing any treatment.