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Botox for crows feet side effects

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  • 4 years ago

I had botox for crows feet and over the top of the bridge of my nose for the first time 20 weeks ago, which resulted in baggy loose skin under my eyes with horizontal folds in the skin, plus drooping and dented cheeks.

The under eye swelling is particularly worse in mornings, but even though the swelling does improve during the day I am still left with loose very wrinkly folds under my eyes (which were definitely not there prior to my botox treatment). I have been waiting patiently to return to my pre-botox face, but there has been very little improvement so far.

Will it ever improve or is this undesirable change permanent?

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Hi guys I also had botox 3 years ago 42units to my forehead, between my eyes and crows feet. I looked horrible, l had a chipmunk type smile, hollow eyes that were so puffy that l had no eye lids left, a very shinny tight face and small under eye pocket swelling but enough to make me wear sunglasses in public. One day in my efforts to find a cure l stumbled across a post where a woman tried 'VISINE CLEAR' drops and swore that the puffy eyes and bags were getting better so l thought well what have l got to lose l look like a freak anyway l may as well try these drops, which can be purchased over the counter at a chemist. Well guess what, it worked! the puffy eyes went down by at least 80% and the bags went down by at least 60% l had to use them 2 times a day sometimes 3 times. I'd administer about 6-7 drops in each eye. I noticed the improvement after a few days but over the course of about 2 weeks l felt better again. Still not back to normal but better. The drops contain steriods so l was told by the chemist and advised not to use them long term but l did.. The days where l stopped for about 3 days l noticed the puffiness come back. In time the bags and puffy eyes faded however even 3 years on l still wake up from time to time with that 'dead eye' hollow look and run straight back to the drops and it goes. For me botox for some reason is still there or its done damage that wont heal to the way l used to be. I just recently got my crows feet back, YEP after 3 years that's how long it's lasted and they are quite nasty. As bad as my experience was they had originally given me 6 units to the crows feet area, l wonder if l had 1 or 2 units if it would get rid of the crows feet without the chipmunk hollow eye look. I dont know and to be honest im too scared yet these crows feet are bothering me so its either try again or just live with it. Dont know. Has anyone here only tired 1 unit or 2 and not have trouble??

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Ivvvy I would highly recommend that you not try Botox again at any level. Granted while your issues were mainly centered around the eyes .... The fact remains that you had an inflammatory response to the toxin and it most likely will happen again. Issues can happen at ANY amount and I personally know someone that only had 4 units and she is still suffering debilitating symptoms at 2 years post injections. While it has happened that some women receive injections for years without incident and then WHAM they have issues after their last injection for whatever reason....I know of numerous women who had injections and noticed "small" issues that gradually got worse with more injections. Many of these women are now horribly sick. You can read posts all over this website and others about how ill people are. Personally....I now look in the mirror and see myself much differently. I will never EVER worry about wrinkles or any other thing about my physical appearance ever again. By have learned a very hard lesson. I now live with a horrific debilitating illness as a result of this toxin and I would much rather be have my life back.
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Ivy PLEASE do not do it again...i did it again for the same exact reason after I had 5-6 months of undereye bags..I thought if I got less and avoided the undereye area I'd be ok...boy was I wrong...the bags are worse now at 5 1/2 months and my eyes hurt and I have a chipmunk smile..I look droopy sad and tired like the love child of jabba the hut and a zombie..it's awful and I kick myself for doing it again. I'm so scared it won't go away this time. There is a product called frownies for the crows feet..basically it's a piece of tape...totally safe..wish I would have know about those before the botox. Take it from me...don't do it..
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Botox for crows feet may cause eye hollows and cheek ptosis (drop) It happened to me It can happen to you. My injector was a top notch Manhattan plastic surgeon with many years' experience His injections included two areas I'd never had injections in: (1) a series of 3 at the top of my cheek, placed perhaps a quarter inch toward the center of my face (2) multiple injections along my hairline. The results were horrible, lasted a very long time and have not completely resolved, even now, 16 months after the procedure! When muscles are "relaxed" and remain unused for even a few months they are weakened and will require exercise to build back up to original strength. In my case, the Botox lasted longer than at any time in my five previous years' experience. It is quite evident the negatively effected facial muscles (under eyes and connected to eyebrow area and cheeks) are still not back in shape! The Botox essentially added ten years to my face.... Buyer beware.
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Botox is slow process. The use of Botox is quite safe with a few exceptions of milder and temporary side effects. One significant side effect may include a risk of drooping eye for a few days. Its due to lack of inexperience technician and not properly taken precautions during Treatment.
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Sabellamarconi.....Botox is not safe and the problem does not lie with the injector. The toxin can spread to other parts of the body through both the bloodstream and through synaptic transfer within the central nervous system.....and this has happened woth even the MOST qualified injectors. I speak with some authority on this...believe me. There are over 30,000 reports to the FDA regarding health issues after the use of botulinum toxin products. And no....these reports as not just from therapuedic uses at higher doses but are also from cosmetic uses at doses as low as 4 units. There is scientific research that clearly states that there is not a complete and thorough understanding regarding how this toxin works within the body. In fact....there is absolutely NO scientific understanding or research studies down that shows IF or WHEN the toxin is actually metabolized in the body. I have spent the last 3 years of my life studying this....I am an example of someone who has been left with a shell of a life that I once had due to injections....and I am not alone. I have spoken to HUNDREDS of other victims who have gotten sick....some have gotten better...others are left bedridden or in wheelchairs....with a question of whether they will fully recover or not...even at 3, 4 and 5 years out. Lawsuits are being filed...most are settled out of court so that they are kept out of the public eye. But anyone that has spent even the smallest amount of time on this website can clearly find horrific stories of people whose lives have been altered as a result of these injections. It angers me to hear people say that these drugs are safe. While yes....adverse events and toxin spread happens only in a small percentage of patients....but isn't the value of even one person's life worth mentioning? Yes...people have died. Children have died. Other people are left with conditions so life debilitating that at times death would have been a blessing. It angers me that....yes...I am lying here unable to resume a normal life while there are people such as yourself telling the world that I don't exist.....perhaps through no fault of your own....but PLEASE educate yourself before making such statements. While many in the medical community will also make the same statements...keep in mind what is at stake here. Millions of dollars. While the use of botulinum products may have a place in medical use....the TRUE and VERY REAL risks of this drug need to be TOLD and BELIEVED. Dont discount and insult the experiences of the thousands of postings from people on this site and others. We are intelligent, sane, compassionate, educated and REAL people that deserve to be heard. Do not allow what has happened to us not serve at least some purpose.
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Botox is obviously NOT quite safe Good grief there are testimonials here and on many other sites giving evidence to the risks associated with it. Positive results with Botox injections can not be promised much less guaranteed, nor avoidance of minor to major complications or negative side effects
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Thank youKobu, for your excellent commentary. I am very sorry about what happened to you as a result of using Botox. I wish you an eventual full recovery
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Thank you ecnyc. I appreciate your well wishes very much.
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I fully believe now i had a small side affect from a very small amount of forehead injections. I have very severe anxiety and was told there was no way it had anything to do with the injections at all. I thought i had read up on all all side affects but this was not one of them until

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Hi Vieamiami, I have not seen a difference yet from the laser. My second treatment is 1/24/13, so hopefully I will see improvement this time around. I am happy you are much better. Did the improvement happen virtually overnight? I will update you after the 24th to let you know how it is working. Thank you so much for checking in and caring :)
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Hi Valerie, I hope your treatment with laser help the improvement. It has been a year for me and it is much better but just recently. Please let us know about the laser. wishing all the best!
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Hi everyone, It was a year on 12/6/11 that I was injected and a year of hell with this botox nightmare. I still am not completely healed, but there is improvement. The sagging skin now snaps back, the bags are smaller, but I still look horrible and do not feel comfortable when I smile. That is when everything bunches up and makes me look so much older than I am. Since it has been a year, I have decided to start treating it. I am getting laser treatment starting next week. I will probably need three to five treatments in order to tighten everything up and minimize the crepeiness. I am praying it works. I will keep everyone updated.
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So sorry ,Valerie, that a year has gone by and you are not 100% healed. It is so frustrating. I am 5 mos and suffered the same consequences and am so darn unhappy. I can't wait to hear about your laser treatments. I hope that after that you will be back to normal. I have loose skin on my cheek area(left side),too. Do you? Seems like my whole left side from above brows to mouth area needs a major boost...sigh...all the luck in the world to you. Happy Holidays.xo
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I too am going through very similar experience to all of you women and my heart goes out to you. I got botox for the crows feet and it has given me terrible undereye bags and a seriously whacked out chipmunk wrinkly baggy smile. I am on week 5 post botox. I feel I have become obsessed and am willing to do anything to get this out of my system in hopes that these awful undereye wrinkles and bags go away... Will they go away? I'm starting to get scared that they're not. Anyone have any progress or success with the undereye bags going away. I did not have bags before the injections. Again ladies take care and know you're not alone...
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Hiya babes, hang in there! I had botox for the very first time on july 10th this year. I hated the results! Sunken in hollow eyes, indentatons on my cheeks, cheek potosis etc. I was over injected, and injected either too deeply (or just a shit injector) either way, it went wrong, and Im still paying for trhe bad technique. My eyes are still hollow.. Cheeks have risen up though so thats a bonus. I can actually feel the botox in my face!! It pulls around my eyes.. Still got the bunching, saggy loose skin, and horizontal lines under the eyes and I hate it. You just gotta wait it out. there is no ''cure'' for shitty results apart from time. x
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BB how are your eyes?
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Hi SBCE :) The botox is still in my face (cant believe its still present!) I can feel it under, and around my eyes.. My face is sagging, my eyes are very bad :( Sunken in/hollow etc -There is no improvement whatsoever. Im hopefull it'll change in the next 6 months. How are you? x
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Hi everyone, sorry I have not been on here in a while. I am healing, but slowly...really really slowly. The Dr. I went to in NY admitted he really has no idea why it is taking me so long to heal. It has been 9 months. My right eye is healing quicker then my left eye. At this point, I look like myself when not smiling or showing any emotion. When I smile, I still have a bag under my left eye, wrinkly and crinkly crunching up skin under both eyes. I am trying to focus on the minor postive changes and CAN'T WAIT TO SMILE AGAIN WITHOUT FEELING SELF CONSCIOUS .

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Hi, Valerie. A few more months have passed since you last updated your status. I really hope that you are all healed now. I,too, have a similar issue w/ my left side of my forehead drooping and undereye wrinkles that pop when I smile. It's 5 mos since my botox treatment. Please tell me how you are doing.
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Alexis52- Have you ever had botox in your crow's feet before? Did you call the Dr? maybe you need to ice to help reduce swelling. I wish you the best of luck. this message board really helped me when I was going trough my botox nightmare. The people are very supportive.
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Hello Alexis: I really hope that yours will wear off quickly!! People have had such different experiences with Botox for Crow's feet. My experience was really bad as it took months for the eye bags to go away. Hopefully your negative effects will go away quickly!
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How many months did it take for your eye bags to go away? I'm at 14 weeks and look horrendous..i got a microcurrent facial and it seemed to make the bags worse. Probably should have waited until the bags resolved before doing the microcurrent..I'd eat cardboard if I knew it would make these bags resolve..this is awful..and my eyes hurt, especially in the morning..does anyone have any hope or suggestions for me? I am so desperate...had botox for crows feet and forehead lines 3 1/2 months ago and now have droopy bags under my eyes and a chipmunk smile..
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How many months did it take for your eye bags to go away? I'm at 14 weeks and look horrendous..i got a microcurrent facial and it seemed to make the bags worse. Probably should have waited until the bags resolved before doing the microcurrent..I'd eat cardboard if I knew it would make these bags resolve..this is awful..and my eyes hurt, especially in the morning..does anyone have any hope or suggestions for me? I am so desperate...had botox for crows feet and forehead lines 3 1/2 months ago and now have droopy bags under my eyes and a chipmunk smile..
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I know this is not what you want to hear and I pray that your recovery is quicker than mine. It took me almost a year to get back to normal. But many others who had similar experiences healed much quicker. I hope you are in that group. Please keep us posted as it helps to know that others can relate.
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