I am a 46 year old healthy man and have just started to see bags under my eyes. When I smile, I see wrinkles around my eyes. Will Botox help reduce the problem?
Does Botox Help Reduce Under Eye Bags?
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Botox on lower eyelids: may help wrinkles but may worsen bags
Botox is used to reax muscles. Muscles that repeatedly contract can cause wrinkles to appear worse.
Therefore, Botox may help minimize lower eyelid wrinkles.
However, lower eyelid muscles may help hold back the fat that surrounds the eye ball (globe) when the muscles contract, they can push back the fat making the lower eyelid bags look better. Try this by looking into a mirror and squinting. The lower eyelid bags usually improve. A poor analogy is what happens to your belly when you tighten up your muscles.
The problem with botox and bags is that the relaxed muscle sometimes allows your fat to bulge out a little more.
This is a little oversimplified but I hope it helps you to understand.
Botox around the eyes
Botox is meant to reduce the wrinkles that are caused by overactive muscle. It will not correct the bags under the eyes. Surgery would be one option to reduce the bags or redrape them, another option is to have filler placement at the juction of the bags and your cheek to help smooth the transition area.
A board certified plastic surgeon could determine what is the right procedure for you.
Botox under eyes
Dermal fillers such as Restylane can be used to fill in shadows under the eye and achieves a more rested look. You can combine the two treatments but it would require a thoughtful approach and careful analysis of your concerns to ensure that treatment options will help you achieve your goals.
I would recommend visiting with a board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist in your area to address your concern as it is an advanced area to treat.
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Early eyelid bags.
Under Eye Bags: Botox Vs. Blepahroplasty
It's not unusual for patients to develop loose lower eyelid skin with prominent fat pads and eyelid wrinkles during the aging process. When this situation arises, botox treatments are rarely indicated. Although botox may help fine eyelid wrinkles, it probably won't help eyelid bags and may possibly make them worse.
Under these circumstances, blepharoplasty surgery is probably indicated. This procedure would address loose eyelid skin, eyelid wrinkles and fat pads. Blepharoplasty is associated with excellent clinical results and high levels of patient satisfaction.
When patients have complex eyelid problems, it's important to consult a board-certified plastic surgeon. This surgeon should be able to make an appropriate recommendation to address your eyelid concerns.
Botox can help under eye wrinkles and bunching, but does not flatten true under eye bags.
Does Botox Help Reduce Under Eye Bags
Dermal Fillers can help address the loss of volume that you are experiencing as part of the ageing process.
If it is a mild case of eye bags, then fillers may do the job if not you may need Surgery.
You should consult with a Plastic Surgeon who is capable of choosing the best treatment option for you.
Hope this helps
Does Botox help with under eye bags?
A lower blepharoplasty performed through a trans-conjunctival approach inside the eyelids will address removal of the bags( three fatty compartments) in the lower lids.
For many examples of eyelid surgery, please see the link below
Botox for eyes
Botox works for wrinkles around the eyes, but not for eye bags
Botox will not work to lessen the bags that form under your eyes with age. Depending on the causes of these bags, it can actually make them worse. On the other hand, the fine lines and wrinkles that appear around the outer corners of your eyes can be improved with Botox.
I recommend that you see a facial plastic surgeon regarding this topic, as he or she can then help you decide what is best for you.
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