Botox is an injectable drug with a variety of effects, the most notable one being muscle paralysis to relax skin around it. The primary uses for Botox include crossed eyes, excessive sweating, twitching eyelids and wrinkles that appear when you make facial expressions such as smile lines (crow’s feet) around the eyes. Botox for the under-eye areas hasn’t been widely studied, but the overall goals are the same, which is to relax muscles in the area to smooth out wrinkles.
How Botox Works?
Injections are applied directly underneath your skin. Botox is an anti-aging procedure that works by relaxing muscles in your face. When you talk, smile or laugh, these muscles contract, which can lead to wrinkles and other skin changes. But, Botox reduces these effects by making your skin smooth.
What to Expect?
Injections should be performed in a doctor’s office. They are administered by a plastic surgeon, dermatologist, or a doctor or physician specially trained in Botox injections. Your doctor applies an anesthetic to the injection area to help ease any pain or discomfort then inject a small amount of Botox. One of the most greatest benefits of Botox since this isn’t surgery is the lack of down time needed for post injections. You can get back to normal activities immediately.
Is Botox Effective for The Under Eye Area?
Botox is considered an effective treatment for certain types of wrinkles. Many people seek temporary treatment for crow’s feet, frown lines and forehead lines. It has been used for these types of wrinkles since the late 1980s. However, not enough research has been done to rule Botox effective for wrinkles and bags under the eyes. Your doctor may determine whether the wrinkles under your eyes are dynamic wrinkles or fine lines.
What Are The Alternatives for Botox?
Concerned about the safety of Botox for under eye bags or wrinkles? You should talk to your doctor about other alternatives to Botox. There are many ways to reduce bags under the eyes such as laser treatments, skin resurfacing, chemical peels, cool compress treatments, eyelid surgery for bags, over the counter wrinkles creams and wrinkle fillers such as Juvederm dermal fillers.
Botox is considered effective for some facial wrinkles. However, you should talk to your doctor about concerns you have with bags and wrinkles under the eyes so you can assess all of your options. Your doctor may recommend Botox or even another anti-aging treatment altogether.