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Can Botox injections be used around the eyes?

Dr. Dean Kane Q & A Q. Can Botox injections be used around the eyes? lid botox A. 3 muscle relaxers, Botox, Dysport and Xeomin are approved by the FDA for use to diminish the “11” lines between the eyebrows. Botox is also approved for the Crow’s Feet wrinkles along the outer brow area. All 3 are used “off-label” for re-balancing the muscles of expression primarily of the forehead. Cosmetic injectible use is both an art and a science. The sciences is that each medication relaxes muscles which create expressions and spasms of the face and neck. The art is in the talent and skill of the injector to achieve a new balance in expression and a reduction of facial wrinkles. Wrinkling occurs when a muscle underneath or attached to the skin folds from contraction. Over time, this leads to a permanent line in the dermis of the skin. Botox and like medications relax the muscle (but do not erase the line). To erase or diminish the line, consider:
  1. Filler
  2. IPL, lasers and chemical peels
  3. Retinoid creams
The muscles around the eye are similar to a wheel with spokes radiating outwardly. The muscles are layered or at times, weaved so that relaxation of one muscle may affect the pull from another. You see, the art of non-surgical injectibles is not a simple skill to learn. Consult with a well experienced, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon or ENT Facial Surgeon for your best recommendations. All the best!
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