Deep Creases Under Eyes After Botox for Crows Feet

I received Botox for my crows feet area. She used 5 units on each side. I now have deep horozontal creases under each eye. It seems that since the muscles don't contract on the sides of my eyes, now the tissue underneath has nowhere to go when I smile and the cheeks push up. Is this a common problem, or did I not receive enough Botox to do the job right?

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Botox treatment of crows feet can sometimes make lower eyelid creases seem more noticeable

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As you probably know, Botox serves to weaken/prevent a muscle from contracting. In the case of crows feet, Botox is used to weaken the particular muscle that creates the wrinkles/creases at the sides of your eyes. It is important to understand, however, that only a small part of the muscle is being weakened when treating crows feet. The muscle (orbicularis occuli) is actually an entire ring that goes around your upper and lower eyelids. If you were to weaken too much of the muscle, you could have problems with your eyelid function and appearance. Since only the crows feet area is being treated (at the side of the eye) the remaining muscle is able to contract normally (and can even over-compensate)-- sometimes resulting in horizontal creases in the lower eyelid. In contrast to the now-smooth crows feet area, these creases can seem to stand out even more.


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Dr. Y

Houston Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Lower eyelid creases can look more prominent after crow's feet are injected

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Creases near the eyelids are related to both the eyelid muscles and smile muscles. When the eyelid muscles are treated with Botox, there are less Crow's feet but the smile muscles may be trying harder to make expressions once the contribution from the eyelid muscles are less. The lower eyelid skin may be bunched up more when the smile muscles work harder. The smile muscles should not be treated as that can cause a distrubing asymmetry or functional problem with eating, drinking and smiling.Rarely one or two units of Botox can be injected by an expert in the lower eyelid skin but the condition of the patient's muscle tone and preoperative swelling condition must be taken into account. There can be an exacerbation of lower eyelid puffiness and a droop of the lower eyelid which can worsen a dry eye situation. This would be an off-label use of Botox and may not help the situation.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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Proper Botox use

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 Botox for crows feet should only be injected on the sides of the eye. If Botox is injected in the lower lid or the creases uner the eye, the muscle support in that area will be weakened and result in worsening skin drrop.  

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Deep creases under eye after botox

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Good question. 

sometimes when orbicularis muscle is weakened at the corner of the eye, the rest of the adjacent muscles can compensate and cause an accentuation of the creases around the weak area.  I am not sure however exactly where your injector placed the product.

I hope this helps

Dr. Malouf

Peter J. Malouf, DO
Fort Worth Dermatologist
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Lower eyelid creases after Botox for crow's feet

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I agree that you can get a compensatory reaction from other muscle groups after Botox injection.  More botox will not resolve this particular issue.  I also see many cases when correcting one area of wrinkles makes untreated areas of wrinkles stand out when they weren't so noticeable before undergoing treatment with Botox.  If your physician took pre-treatment photos they could help you appreciate the before and after effects and you may find out that the "new" lower eyelid creases may very well have been there before the treatment.  In which case, you could consider a lower lid blepharoplasty as a treatment option.

Botox and lower eyelid creases

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Sometimes when Botox  is used  on the lateral crow's feet, the orbicularis in other areas works a little harder and the lines may be more noticeable under the eye.

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Botulinum Toxin (Dysport or Botox) relaxes muscles and does not tighten skin

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Botulinum Toxin (Dysport or Botox) will relax wrinkels caused by muscle contraction but does not tighten lax skin

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