Have you considered using Botox for under eye wrinkles? If you’re like many people, you’re tired of seeing under eye wrinkles every time you look in the mirror. Maybe you use night creams and formulas to help, but really aren’t seeing any significant improvement. This is a frustrating cycle that lots of people get stuck in, in fact under eye wrinkles and crow’s feet are a top complaint we hear. 

The good news is that you’re not alone in your frustration and there are ways to smooth out those under eye wrinkles and crow’s feet, including Botox. While there are several approaches to improve the appearance of skin around the eyes, Botox is a popular option for under eye wrinkles, crow’s feet and other common wrinkle-zones. 

Let’s talk about why the skin around the eyes is prone to wrinkles and other signs of age, and how Botox can help. 

Why do we develop under eye wrinkles?

The topic of wrinkles might seem pretty simple, but there is more to it than you might think. We tend to think of wrinkles as the by-product of repetitive movement which is only part of the picture. In reality, there are quite a few contributing factors that lead to the creation of wrinkles and fine lines.

Aging: As we age, our skin loses elasticity and collagen, both of which support the structure and integrity of your skin and tissues. This contributes to the development of wrinkles and fine lines. 

Sun damage: Exposure to UV rays from the sun speeds the aging process and causes damage to the skin, including the underlying layers. This leads to wrinkles, but also creates texture and pigmentation problems like age spots.

Genetics: Some people are more prone to wrinkles and fine lines due to genetic factors. This is an intrinsic contributing factor, and not something you can necessarily predict.

Facial expressions: Repeated movements of the muscles in the face, such as squinting or smiling, can lead to wrinkles and fine lines over time. This is how many people think all wrinkles are created. 

Lifestyle factors: There are habits that can actually contribute to, and speed up, the creation of wrinkles and lines. Smoking and drinking alcohol are two of the most common habits people have that fall into this category. Sun bathing is another contributing factor.

As you can see, there are many factors that contribute to the development of wrinkles. Some of these you can work to avoid or limit the damage they have, like limiting sun exposure and giving up habits like smoking. Others you can’t change, like collagen loss or genetics, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about them. 

Botox is one way you can combat wrinkles no matter what contributed to their creation, making it a popular option for under eye wrinkles. Learn all about Botox in our FAQ.

Botox for under eye wrinkles 

The area under the eye is often referred to as the “tear trough” and it is a common area for wrinkles to develop. This skin is delicate and thin since it does not have a significant amount of support under it. This area is also often treated a bit roughly when taking off makeup or rubbing your eyes when you’re tired. All of these factors contribute to wrinkling. 

Botox can be used to treat under eye wrinkles. It is FDA-approved to temporarily improve the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines and wrinkles. It does this by using a safe neurotoxin that temporarily prevents movement in the treatment area. This reduces the appearance of wrinkles that currently exist and also limits repetitive movements that increase wrinkling.

Once you decide to get Botox for under eye wrinkles, your injector will inspect your skin and determine the right amount of Botox to achieve the desired results. They will have you smile and make other expressions so they can more accurately target the injection. They will clean the area and carefully treat the area with the agreed upon units of Botox.

Here are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind before you get Botox for under eye wrinkles:

  1. The skin around the eyes is thinner and more delicate than other areas of the face, so it requires a skilled and experienced injector to successfully treat this area. Ask your injector about their experience and only go to a trusted, professional injector.

  2.  It’s important to not over treat any area, you can always add Botox but not take it away after injection. So if after two weeks post-treatment you haven’t seen the results you were after, talk with your injector.

  3. Botox under the eye requires the same aftercare steps. This usually includes not laying down for 3-5 hours after, no strenuous exercise, no taking extra-hot showers and potential limitations on skin care products for the first night. Make sure you fully understand and follow these for optimal results.

  4. Cost matters, but be very cautious of unusually low-priced Botox. Botox is only available through Allergan Aesthetics or an authorized dealer. Unfortunately there are counterfeit products as well, which is dangerous. Make sure your provider uses official Botox!

  5. Your provider may recommend Dysport instead of Botox. Both are great products that work in similar ways and produce similar results. So if your injector suggests it and you want to try it, you can expect similar results.

  6. Some of the issues you may be unhappy with under your eye, and in other areas of your face, may not actually be due to wrinkles. Some lines and contour changes you notice are due to collagen loss and could be treated by fillers. Make sure you know what type of results Botox can offer and ask your provider if you’re uncertain.

Wrinkles are natural and nothing to be ashamed of, in fact they are a badge of honor for the life you’ve lived and the laughs you’ve experienced! That doesn’t mean you can’t age gracefully or use tools to slow down the hands of time a bit. One of those tools is Botox, and it’s a great way  to treat under eye wrinkles, crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, lines between the eyes and other wrinkle-prone areas.