Can Botox Fix Hooded Eyes?

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What Are Hooded Eyes?

Hooded eyes, sometimes referred to as “droopy eyes”, are a cosmetic issue people sometimes face which gives the eye area a tired, drooping appearance. Some people with hooded eyes suffer from ptosis, which is when the upper eyelid droops over the eye, but everyday activities and genetics can also lead to having hooded eyes.

What Is Botox And How Does It Work?

Botox is an FDA approved neurotoxin that relaxes targeted facial muscles in order to smooth out wrinkles in the treated area and rejuvenate the skin to create a youthful appearance. Botox is administered via a small needle and is commonly pain-free. Botox works both as a preventative measure for younger people who want to lessen the amount of wrinkles they have in the future and as a treatment for existing wrinkles, reducing the appearance of fine lines.

Benefits of Treating Hooded Eyes With Botox

Some benefits of treating hooded eyes with Botox include:

  • Botox is a great alternative for those who want a non-invasive procedure to rejuvenate their looks.
  • Since Botox is non-invasive, the treatment involves fewer risks.
  • Botox is a quick procedure with almost no downtime, providing subtle, natural-looking results.

With these benefits, you may be wondering if botox is right for you and if your eyes are “hooded enough” to qualify for the treatment.

When Botox Is Perfect for Hooded Eyes

Eyelid Botox is perfect for a subtle lifting effect for people with low eyebrow positioning, drooping brows, or drooping eyelids. If you are new to cosmetic procedures and don’t want the risks associated with invasive treatments, Botox is the perfect choice for improving the look of hooded eyes.

When Botox Can’t Fix Hooded Eyes

Botox is great for creating a subtle, natural look to skin, but can be ineffective for larger amounts of excess eyelid skin or brow drooping. Botox injections cannot tighten skin, it can only slightly lift skin or reduce the look of fine lines set within the skin. Your best treatment option in this scenario is eyelid surgery, but there are still many routes you can take to become more confident in yourself and your appearance.

Possible Side Effects of Botox for Hooded Eyes

Botox only has minor side effects that usually go away after a few days and are not common. You may have a stronger reaction to the injection if you have a sensitive eye area, but proper skincare and following your doctor’s aftercare instructions will cause any reactions to go away quickly. It is important to note that some patients might be allergic to the neurotoxic injection, so booking a consultation and choosing a professional with your best interests in mind is crucial.

How Long Do Botox for Hooded Eyes Results Last?

With Botox, you typically see results after a few days and the treatment lasts for 3-4 months. If you partake in proper aftercare, avoid certain activities while healing (such as excessive exercise or putting on makeup), and maintain follow-up appointments, you can enjoy optimal results for months (and longer if you repeat the treatment).

Considering Other Treatments for Hooded Eyelids

While Botox is a great option for treating hooded eyelids, every patient is different and you want to consider all possible treatment plans.

Temple and Brow Filler

Hooded eyes can often be a result of losing structure and volume around the eye area, so in these cases dermal filler is the best option as it restores facial volume in the treated areas. By lifting any areas that have sunken in, temple and brow fillers improve the look of hooded eyelids.

Surgical Brow Lift

A surgical brow lift is a surgery that fixes excessively saggy eyelids and drooping eyebrows. With a surgical brow lift, you have two incision options: endoscopic or coronal. Your doctor will decide which incision is better for you and your facial structure.

A surgical brow lift also reduces any wrinkles in the upper part of the face and is a more permanent solution when compared to dermal fillers or Botox.

Upper Lid Blepharoplasty

Upper eyelid surgery, also referred to as a Blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure for people with moderate to severe sagging skin around their eyelids. The doctor or surgeon trims the sagging skin from the brow and repositions the muscle to lift the eye. Although it is the most invasive and expensive option, the results last for several years and it’s a great solution for patients with extremely stubborn sagging.

When considering any of the aforementioned procedures, you should have a professional team to talk to regarding your treatment options and aesthetic goals. SpaMedica’s esteemed team of experts are here to guide you through the treatment process and create a customized plan to fulfill your needs and goals. Contact us to book a consultation today!

Dr. Thomas Bell | SpaMedica

by Dr. Thomas Bell

Dr. Tom Bell, with over 25 years of practice experience dedicated to cosmetic plastic surgery, pioneered Avenue Road and Yorkville as Toronto’s Beverly Hills of plastic surgery with his first surgical center in Yorkville’s Avenue road corridor back in 1986. Named as Canada’s best plastic surgeon by W magazine and one of the world’s best, Dr. Bell returns home to join the SpaMedica Plastic Surgery team as the reigning King of Plastic Surgery.
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