How Many Units of Botox is Needed for Entire Eye Area?

I have been considering botox for my eye area. I have crows feet and other tiny lines around that area. I wondered how many units would be needed?

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Botulinum Toxin (Dysport or Botox) for the eyes.

AS you can see there is great variation and each person's dose needs to be adjusted with time. I intiially start with 6-12 units per side (12-24 units total) at the first session and go up or down from there depending on patient feedback.


Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Botox Dosing

The dosing for Botox is variable and based on the desired effect, the amount of current animation, and the strength of the muscles. For new patients, however, the exact dosing is often discovered through a trial and error process. See link below. Some rough guidelines are:

Forehead: 16 units
Crowfeet (around eyes): 8 units per side
Glabella (between eyes): 18 units

A detailed examination will help delineate your treatment options. Consultation with a surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery would be the next best step.

Botox works for Crows feet

Botox can be a very successful treatment for crows feet lines at the side of the eye. It is important to remember that the improvement in passive lines will be modest and the active lines when you smile will still be present. The dose (number of units of botox) and hence effect and cost will depend upon the severity of your lines . It is common to use 5-15 units per side, for a total of 10 - 30 units. Too little botox, while more affordable will be removed by your body more rapidly, resulting in less duration of effect for you. Finally, as you treat your crows feet, there may be a tendency to recruit  other muscles to squint, such as the "bunny line" muscles on the side of your nose and these may ultimately need to be prophylactically treated.

Always consult with your specialist about the risks and benefits of any online discussion and to see if you are a candidate.

R. Stephen Mulholland, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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