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Botox Not for Crow's Feet

I had botox injected into my crow's feet. They are...

I had botox injected into my crow's feet. They are gone, however, the skin under my eyes is baggy, saggy, and puffy. I am embarrassed to smile because I look like a freak. I am learning that the human face is a beautiful and delicate system of interrelated muscles. If you knock out one part, the rest overcompensates to bring back the balance.

I would never ever ever do this again, or any other invasive procedures. I am so unhappy with what I've done because I do not look like me. I hope this wears off sooner than later because I long to see myself again when I look in the mirror. I have learned the hard way to love my wrinkles, as they are a testament to the happiness and joy I have in my life.

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Penelope - I see you had the bad botox experience in Feb 09. It is now Dec 09. Has it all completely gone back to normal? Did the puffiness under your eyes ever go away? I too have cheek ptosis and the eye bags from botox in the crows feet and under the lashes. It has been 24 weeks and I still look terrible. I am looking for some reassurance that things will improve. Would be grateful for some news about how things turned out for you. Thanks, K
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The wrinkles around the corner of my eyes have been bothering me over the last year, so two days ago I had botox injected into the crows feet.
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I'm not completely back to normal yet. There is definitely more movement around the eyes so I don't look frozen at all now. However, I still have protruding bags under the eyes and a bit of wrinkling where the cheek meets the under eye area when I smile. Apparently this should resolve itself in the next few months. From what I understand this takes place between month 3 and 6 after Botox treatment. It's a frustrating slow process, but it's moving along. I also still feel a bit of tugging in that area when I squint (which I hate!) If I knew about any of this before, I never would have done this. Why do you ask? Have you had a similar experience?
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Don't do it! Stay away from Botox if possible. It's not worth it. The only place on the face it might work is on the forehead but I wouldn't risk it! It was the biggest mistake of my life. It's a poison anyway. Why would you put poison in your body? If I knew then what I know now, I never would have done it. I rushed into it without thinking carefully about it thinking it was no big deal. It is a big deal and can cause you serious damage for several months - NOT WORTH IT!
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Hi Amaxy, Beth F and Penelope, it has been about 3 and a half months since you had botox. Can you tell me the outcome at this stage - have the deep wrinkles where your cheek meets the under eye area gone?
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Hi Everyone, I have had a filler for my lips done and found that inside the corner of each lip i have lump from where needle and filler was injected I was told that it was normal. I am really wanting to et botox for my face but not sure about it now cause i guess things could go wrong. It makes me sad to hear about all of you that hav had it done and the results were not very good. Luckily its not a permant filler if something does happen wouldn't the clinic fix it.
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i had botox 7 days ago and when i smile i see crows feet like crazy. i had some injections in my forehead too and they worked some but i am so disapointed with my results. i tried to contact my dr. and shes on vacation for the week. hopefully when she gets back she will re-do what i don't think worked. could my botox have been weak? this is my second time around with the same dr.a nd she said that this dose was going to be stronger than the last because she went light on me the first time. i think it was weaker.
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Hi Amy: Ok - 2 weeks to go...has it improved at all?? I would think after 4-6 weeks from initial injection it would begin to reduce in effect. I do not know how many units he used in the crows feet area...I didn't ask, but I do not have any trouble squinting or bags ( thank goodness!) On my eyebrow, it just seems a bit droopy - not terribly noticeable to anyone but me. As I have had this before with amazing success, I was expecting my favorite benefit, a slight lifting of the brow area, which has always been why I liked botox...always made my eyes a bit more rested looking. Now, I just look tired. You're probably right, I should just leave it alone. I'm still going to call my derm or send him an email, as he is a personal friend of many years and known as one of the best derms in town. Ahhhh - mixing business with friendships is awkward!!!
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Hi Dermaqueen, Thanks sooo much for checking in with me! I see a slight improvement but I'd love to see alot more. I'm just bummed because the new protruding bags under the eyes are causing wrinkling and clearly stick out...something I never had before. I know that once the muscle tightens back up, I won't have this anymore, but I'm still self conscious. I pray every day for a speedy recovery. When do you think you were close to being finished with the Botox effects when you had it done before? Also, maybe you can ask your derm doctor friend about protruding bags caused by too much Botox placed near and under eyes??? When will these muscles around the eyes tighten back up? That would be great and much appreciated! Best, Amy
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Hi Amy I can understand you.. I really wish I hadnt had botox. The swelling seems to have gone down a bit but I still have larger bags under my eyes which is making me look tired and haggard. I have always had some kind of bags but I think with the injection under my eye has definately made them more noticeable. I feel a lot older at the moment and I am wearing lots more make up to try and conceal it. Have you been back to your doctor for his opinion and if so, what did he say? Keep me informed. Steph x
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Hi Steph, My doctor just says it will wear off over time. He thinks I'm overreacting of course. I am just disgusted at how I look in the mirror at the moment. So much worse then I used to look. Oh well! I'm just praying for a quick recovery and my old self back. How are you doing? Best, Amy
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Hi Amy... I really feel for you. I feel the same when I look in the mirror. If I wear loads of make up then it does disguise it a little but I am not used to wearing so much. I am sure our old selves will come back ...we just need to look on the positive side. Let me know how your doing. Steph
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Hi Steph, Still seeing small changes every day. I'm praying for expediting so that I'm back to normal ASAP! How are you doing??? Best, Amy
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Hi Waschke, Yes, all will go back to normal, but very slowly...although you never know how your body will metabolize the Botox. Stay positive! It should improve about 1% a day. Where exactly did you have the Botox? Was this your first time like me? Best, Amy
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Hi Amy... Yes this is my first treatment. I had the treatment done in Germany. I actually went for a second opinion the other day to a different doctor. I think he was saying if I had the botox a little higher up then I wouldnt have so protuding bags. He also said that my doctor shouldnt have made an injection underneath my eye.. just solely around the sides. I am happy that most of my crows feet lines are gone but it is means that I have protuding bags then I wont have it done again. My smile is ok.. it is when I dont smile my eyes look worse, although when I do smile there seems to be more wrinkles...but that I can put up with...its the dark circles and bags that are getting me down. I am just hoping and praying they will go down once the botox starts wearing off. Hope everyone else is seeing improvements with theirs.
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Hi Waschke, Yes, that all makes sense. I think the bags are caused because of too much Botox put in too low...and it definitely should not have been put under the eye like I had as well. Oh well! All we can do is wait for this stuff to wear off. How long did the second opinion doctor say it would take for the bags to disappear? The whole three months? Are you doing anything to help with the bags during the healing process? Best, Amy
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Hi Amy.. Thanks for your reply... He didnt really say how long it would take for the bags to disappear other than they would. I am not doing anything to help with the bags other than I have bought a good camoflage concealer which seems to help a little. I think we will have to wait for the botox to actually wear off for the bags to get less prominent. Would you have botox again??? The second opinion doctor said that next time it would be better to have the injections a little higher up... but I am not too sure whether I want to chance it or not:-). Wishing you the best and please keep me informed of your progress. Steph x
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Hi Steph, I would definitely NOT have Botox again! It is the biggest nightmare for me. It makes me look a million times worse then I used to look - old and haggard. My crows feet weren't even bad. I thought it would be just a slight improvement to my crows feet. I'm so angry at this doctor for not putting it in correctly. Ugghhh!!! How is your progress going??? Best, Amy
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Steph - I echo Amy's sentiments 100%.
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Hi Penelope, How are you looking and feeling these days? How's your progress? I'm praying for our quick recovery! Best, Amy
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Hello Amy and thank you so much for checking in. I am definitely seeing some big time progress, and I feel the skin coming back to life. My smille is still not 100% yet. How about you? Thank you so much for your prayers and encouragement. Same to you from me!
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Hi Penelope, I'm improving as well, but getting a bit frustrated as I want to finish this healing process already and forget I ever did this!!! Ughhh!! Can't wait for this to be something of the past. Let's try and just get past this together! Best, Amy
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Hi.. I have read all your postings.. as I feel really down at the moment and pleased I have found this board. I had botox 4 days ago and have just incurred swelling and bruising underneath my eyes. It looks like I have really dark circles and bags...please reassure me all be back to normal after the botox has worn off. :-((
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Hi Penelope, I'm so glad we could be there for each other! Does the skin under your eyes only show the sagginess when you smile? That's the case with me. Can you move/squint your eyes the way you did before? I have my Refirme Skin Tightening tomorrow at 11:30am. Will let you know what the results are. I hope it helps tighten the skin under my eyes until the muscle is strong enough to do so again. I think we had the Botox in the same place, right? At the crows feet and under the lashes (I had it done under the lashes of just my right eye.) You? Sorry if I asked already. Best, Amy
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Hello Amy, Definitely tell me all about the procedure. You and I had botox in the crows feet area. How close to the lash line did you receive your second injections? I had a second injection (just a tiny drop he says...) midway between my lash line and my cheekbone.
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