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Keep in mind that this side effect is temporary and your eyelids will return to normal within a few weeks. In the meantime, you can use over-the-counter artificial tears to keep your eyes moisturized and to reduce any discomfort. It is also important to avoid rubbing your eyes as it can make the condition worse. If you have any concerns, it’s always best to consult your doctor.
Botox® works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles in the face through its main ingredient, botulinum toxin. This helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles such as crows feet, frown lines, and forehead wrinkles. However, an inexperienced injector may inject excessive Botox® too close to the levator palpebrae or frontalis muscles, which can lead to ptosis. The levator muscle is responsible for lifting the eyelids, and when Botox is injected around the eyelid, it can leave the muscle unable to control the eyelid’s movement, causing drooping.
In some cases, the over-relaxation of the frontalis muscle, which raises the eyebrows, can also cause ptosis. This can occur when Botox® is injected into the forehead to reduce wrinkles but migrates to the frontalis muscle.
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During this time, patients may experience muscle weakness in the upper eyelid. This can lead to symptoms such as lazy eye, where patients are unable to fully open their eyes, and eye heaviness, where there is a heavy feeling in the eyelid that becomes worse throughout the day. These symptoms can also affect the patient’s quality of life and make it difficult to perform daily tasks like applying eye makeup.
To address any side-effects and camouflage the droop until the Botox® effects subside, certain medications can be prescribed. It’s important to consult a doctor if you experience droopy eyes after a Botox injection to determine the best course of action for your individual case.
It’s important to note that while many people experience bruxism, the potential damage to the teeth and the pain that it causes are both good reasons to seek treatment. Whether it’s a mouthguard, muscle relaxation activities or Botox®, there are many options available to help alleviate the symptoms of bruxism and improve your quality of life.
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Using only quality products is another way to prevent droopy eyes. Before the procedure, it is important to confirm that the botulinum injections are from a well-known brand name manufacturer. Botox® is only manufactured by Allergan, while other quality products are Dysport by Medicis and Xeomin by Merz. These products have undergone extensive testing and are considered the best in the market.
Explaining your full medical history to your injector is also important. Patients who have had previous facial surgery or a history of Bell’s palsy may be more likely to develop a droopy eye after neurotoxin wrinkle injections. It is important to be honest with your doctor about your complete medical history, including previous cosmetic treatments and medications.
Following your doctor’s instructions completely is crucial to prevent complications. Avoid rubbing or massaging the face for a full day after the injections to help stop the medication from spreading beyond the injected area.
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