Botox injections are an extremely common procedure in the periorbital region. Depending on the placement, botox injections can be used for brow elevation, reshaping of the brow, and wrinkles next to the eyes know as crow's feet.
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About the Procedure
Periorbital botox injections are extremely common and candidate satisfaction is very high. Botox has a variety of uses from inhibiting sweat glands to topical uses in facials. However, the botulinum toxin is probably most well known for its applications in facial rejuvenation, erasing fine lines and wrinkles. Briefly, botulinum toxin works by inhibiting the communication between muscles and synapses, causing muscles to remain in a relaxed state even when attempting to contract. Botox use for periocular rejuvenation most commonly targets brow elevation, brow reshaping, and lateral canthal lines, or crow's feet. Additionally, the eye can be widened to create a more "awake" appearance by injecting into the lower eyelid at the midpupillary line, 2 to 3 mm below the lower lid margin. However, this should be avoided in candidates with significant lower lid laxity because of the risk of potentially worsening eyelid laxity.
The goal of botox injections in the periorbital area are varied but are most often used to eliminate fine wrinkling and crows feet in the eye area.
What to Expect
Botox injections are an extremely common procedure in the periorbital region. Injections can be used for brow elevation, reshaping of the brow, and wrinkles next to the eyes. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after periorbital Botox.
- No alcohol 24 hours prior
- No blood thinning medications
- An antiviral medication may be prescribed
- Reschedule if a rash, blemish, or cold sore develops in the area
- Skin will be cleansed and marked for injection
- Botox is injected
- Pressure is applied to the area
Following botox injections into the periorbital region, avoid lying down in the first four hours as well as massaging the treatment area. It is important for patients to avoid strenuous movement so as not to cause accidental migration of the botox into unintended areas which may result in drooping.
The ideal candidate for periorbital botox desires minor corrections of the brow or improvement of crow's feet.
Not Recommended For
Periorbital botox is not recommended for patients looking to address skin laxity issues or for patients with droopy eyelids as botox can potentially exacerbate this issue.
Side effects from periorbital botox may include pain at the injection site, infection, inflammation, swelling, redness, bleeding, bruising, and eyelid or brow ptosis.