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Periorbital Botox for Crow's Feet

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.

Periorbital Botox for Crow's Feet

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The Skinny

Average Recovery

1 days








$200 - $1400

The Specifics

What is periorbital Botox® for crow's feet?

Botox® by Allergan is the most ubiquitous form of botulinum toxin type A (BoNT-A) formulated from a unique combination of protective proteins. Botulinum toxin type A is found in numerous other commercially available neurotoxin formulations (such as Dysport®, Jeuveau®, and Xeomin®).

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Botox® disrupts communication between nerves and muscle cells, forcing muscles to relax (flaccid paralysis). Strategic injections of Botox® into a few facial muscles can alleviate signs of aging, rejuvenate the facial appearance, and alter the aesthetic of the eye and brow.

What cosmetic concerns does periorbital Botox® treat?

  1. Aging & Tired Eyes: Signs of aging around the eyes can cause an aged and undesirable appearance. Botox® can smooth the skin around the eyes.
  2. Fine Lines & Wrinkles: Say goodbye to crow’s feet with precise injections of Botox® at the lateral canthi (a.k.a. outer corners of the eyes).

Who is the ideal candidate for periorbital Botox®?

Periorbital Botox® is ideal for individuals looking for temporary, minor, and non-invasive corrections to the fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. Botox® is not recommended for those under age 18, women who are pregnant/nursing, those with an allergy to any component of Botox®, or those with certain chronic medical conditions. Periorbital Botox® cannot address skin laxity as seen in drooping eyelids.

What is the average recovery associated with periorbital Botox®?

Most candidates experience few side effects lasting no longer than one day. Minimal swelling, pain, and redness resolve almost immediately after an injection. Most patients resume normal activities directly after the procedure.

What are the potential side effects of periorbital Botox®?

Mild side effects of Botox® injections include skin changes like redness, dryness, and flaking. Warmth, itchiness, tightness, infection, and bruising may occur at the site of injection. Serious and uncommon complications include muscle spasms or severe muscle weakness, hoarseness, eyelid or eyebrow ptosis, double vision, and trouble breathing. Severe allergic reactions may occur.

What can someone expect from the results of periorbital Botox®?

Periorbital Botox® results are temporary, and typically begin to become noticeable after four to seven days. Multiple treatments may be needed and final results will evolve over four to six weeks. Maintenance treatments will be needed every three months.

What is the average cost of periorbital Botox®?

The average cost of Botox® is $200 to $1,400. The actual cost of the injection will vary by procedure, location, healthcare provider, and candidate. Learn more in our complete guide to Botox® cost.


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Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

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.

The Takeaway

Periorbital Botox® for crow's feet utilizes strategic injections of botulinum toxin type A around the eye to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and the signs of aging and tired eyes. The injections will take effect within one week and require maintenance every three to four months. Other formulations of botulinum toxin type A like Xeomin®, Jeuveau®, and Dysport® can also be used for cosmetic enhancements to the periorbital area.

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