For the last couple of botox treatments (by 2 different docs) my wrinkles are worse when treating my crow's feet. I also have flattened cheeks and bags under my eyes. I had this treatment years ago and the doctor who did it only injected near my temples and it was only one shot on each side of my eyes. It worked great! So could it be the injection placement? Should I go back to injecting the temple area? And why would that work better than the 3 injections around my eyes that the other docs did?
Why Does Botox Treatment for Crows Feet Make Dents in my Cheeks, Wrinkles Worse and Bags Under my Eyes?
Doctor Answers (7)
Botox flattening cheeks
A picture would be of benefit but your descrition makes me suspicious that you had too much Botox used on the entire muscular unit that surrounds the eye. The orbicularis muscle is like a sphincter and if is over relaxed, the entire subunit around the eye can sag, look flat and lifeless. Botox can even drift further down the face and can impact the muscles that are part of the smile. Time to back off the total amount of Botox used around the eyes in the future.
Don't like results from Botox to Crow's Feet
First, I agree with Dr. Baxter's answer about placement and proper injecting. And second, I will add that you said you were treated "years ago". Remember, then that some additional aging and changes in your facial shape has happened, so the treatment won't produce the exact same results over time. You may need to consider some alternate procedures if you have flattened cheeks and bags under your eyes, as relaxing the muscles near it now, may not be producing the results you want.
Botox and crow's feet
If you had a better post procedure cosmetic outcome with the first provider, return to that provider for repeat injections. You also seem to know that if he/she stayed on the outside of the orbit (temple), the outcome was more pleasing to you ... so, again, have them inject that area only as they can always add more Botox a week later if you don;'t get the effect you desire. It is always important to post pictures so that we better understand your concerns.
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Bags under the eyes and flattened cheeks following botox treatment
It is difficult to see what you are referring to without seeing photos. A poor result could be related to amount injected, placement of the injections, and poor technique. I would recommend visiting your provider and communicating this concern to him or her. I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck.
A picture would help in understanding what you are trying to describe. It would also help to know how many units were injected. It sounds like perhaps too much botox was used.
Botox and worsening lines
It is very difficult to answer your question without first knowing the details-how many units were used and actual placement? Also, you should consider posting photo's minimally for better assessment.
Fine tuning Botox for balanced results
Because Botox works by relaxing hyperactive muscles of expression, it can alter the balance of facial features. For example, brow position is affected by muscles that lift and muscles that pull down, such as the ones that cause crow's feet. Similarly, the crow's feet muscle (called the orbicularis) lifts the upper cheek area, so relaxing it can weaken support for the lower eyelid area in some cases. Based on the response, an experienced injector should be able to alter the technique the next time with different placement and dosing to minimize the problem.
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