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Widening the Eyes with Botox: Is it Possible?

The eye is one of the first facial features that people notice, which is why there are plenty of cosmetic treatments that are specifically made to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and dark circles around the eyes. However, this thin and sensitive area is often one of the most difficult facial parts to treat.

So is it possible to make the eyes look wider through Botox injections? Botox cosmetic treatment is a useful procedure that makes the eyes look more open. Depending on the doctor’s recommendation, the client might need to undergo an eyelid lift or brow lift. Botox may also be injected around the eyes and into the furrow lines.

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4 Botox Procedures to Make the Eyes Appear Wider

Botox has been used for different cosmetic procedures throughout the years. Even after decades since it was first introduced by Allergan, Botox injections remain to be the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

A Botox injection is the diluted form of botulinum toxin type A, a neurotoxin that blocks nerve signals and prevents muscle contraction. It was initially approved by the FDA for treating medical conditions like hyperhidrosis, lazy eye, and more. The botulinum toxin injection is also useful for treating teeth grinding by administering the injectable into the jaw muscle (“masseter muscle”).

One of the best uses of a Botox treatment is to erase the different dynamic wrinkles around the eyes and upper part of the face by relaxing the overused frontalis muscle. Here’s how botulinum toxin treatment is used in different ways to make the eyes look wider:

1. Eyelid Lift

An eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is a popular cosmetic procedure that drastically improves a person’s appearance. But for those who aren't ready for a surgical procedure yet, an injectable treatment like Botox might be a better option to lift the eyelid for a younger-looking appearance.

During a Botox eyelid lift, the plastic surgeon injects the neurotoxin into one of the depressor muscles in the forehead area. This allows them to slightly lift the lid, making the client's eye appear wider. Botox eyelid lift treatments are often performed with Botox injections for glabellar lines.

2. Botox Around the Eyes

Botox injections that are administered around the eye area reduce appearance of crow’s feet for a well-rested look. This procedure is often combined with dermal filler treatment for the tear trough (the crease between the upper cheek and lower eyelid) area. Filler injections made of hyaluronic acid like Restylane and Juvederm restore the lost facial volume in the area for long-lasting results.

3. Botox Brow Lift

The surgical brow lift is a type of plastic surgery that involves removing excess skin and repositioning facial muscles in the forehead to raise the brows. This cosmetic procedure is also helpful for clients who want to smooth the forehead lines and make their eyes seem more open.

However, most plastic surgeries are accompanied by long downtimes and serious complications. Botox brow lift offers a safer alternative that, when properly placed, can create a brow lift without putting the client through long surgery hours and recovery time. The treatment areas for injectable neurotoxins depend on the part of the eyebrow that the clients want some extra lift.

4. Botox for Frown Lines

Frown lines can give the appearance of looking tense and angry. Many clients use Botox injections to reduce the appearance of these facial lines for a more refreshed appearance. The wrinkle relaxers are injected underneath the skin and directly into the forehead muscle to prevent it from contracting. With fewer frown lines on the forehead, the eyes look a bit wider apart.

Other Vision Procedures that Use Botox

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Aside from the natural facial anatomy and aging, some medical conditions also affect how the eyes look. If the client is diagnosed with a certain eye condition, it’s important to get it treated first before going through a cosmetic procedure to widen the eyes. In addition to Botox brow and eye lift, the injectable neurotoxin is also used as a treatment for different vision procedures like:

  • Strabismus (Lazy Eye) – This condition is caused by the strength imbalance of the eye muscles or nerve damage around the eyeball. Some symptoms of the lazy eye include impaired vision, double vision, eye strain, and lower depth perception.
  • Blepharospasm (Eye Twitching) – This causes the muscles of the lower or upper eyelid to twitch involuntarily. Most clients only experience mild tugging, but severe cases of blepharospasm might affect their vision. Some possible causes of eye twitching include eye strain, medication side effects, exhaustion, stress, and eye irritation.
  • Ptosis (Droopy Eyelid) – This condition is a result of nerve damage in the area that controls eyelid muscle. It causes the upper eyelid to droop over the eyes and reduce the client’s vision. Severe cases of ptosis might require eye lift surgery.
  • Excessive Tearing or Eye Dryness – Both conditions are caused by problems in the tear ducts. Botox helps clients manage them by removing the blockage in the area or toning the tear ducts.

The Results and Risks of Botox for Widening the Eyes

Botox is an effective treatment that widens the eyes and reduces the appearance of facial wrinkles. However, it’s important to remember that Botox treatments aren’t permanent. They only last for a few months, so make sure to ask your provider about maintenance treatments.

Botox has been used for different treatments around the eye area for a few decades now. Although they’re mostly safe, Botox injections are still associated with common and mild side effects like:

  • Bruising
  • Pain in the injection site
  • Troubles swallowing and breathing
  • Vision problems
  • Headaches
  • Muscle weakness

Most of these symptoms usually subside a few days after the treatment but make sure to contact the doctor or plastic surgeon immediately if the symptoms persist or worsen.

Younger Looking Eyes Without Surgery at Evolve Med Spa

Here at Evolve Med Spa, we offer non-surgical treatments like hyaluronic acid filler and Botox injection for clients who want to enhance their eye shape without going through surgery. Our talented staff has already performed hundreds of injectable treatments to help clients alter their appearance and boost their confidence.

Look a few years younger with Botox treatments for the eye area here at Evolve Med Spa. Visit our website now to book a consultation with one of the country’s top cosmetic experts.

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