Do you have heavy eyelids? Or do your eyes look hooded and lower than usual? If so, you have probably searched online for a solution.
What options did you find? Botox or eyelid surgery? Eyelid surgery can restore your youthful appearance, but it is a surgical procedure.
If you are not ready for surgery, there is a non-surgical solution to droopy eyelids: Botox. Botox is a safe and effective way to lift eyelids and improve your appearance.
Scroll down to learn more about how Botox lifts eyelids, its cost, recovery time, and side effects.
Table of Contents
What causes droopy eyelids?
Droopy eyelids, or ptosis, is a common condition in adults. It is caused by the weakening or stretching of the levator muscle, which is responsible for raising the eyelid. Aging is the most common cause of ptosis, but it can also be caused by eye injuries, certain eye surgeries, and other medical conditions.
Other causes of droopy eyelids include:
- Rubbing your eyes too much
- Hormone problems
- Nerve damage
- Too much sun exposure
- Extra skin on the eyelids
Non-surgical Eye Lift
So, what do you need to know about Eyelid lift without surgery?
Botox eyelid lifting is a low-risk and non-surgical eye lift procedure with no downtime and is relatively less expensive than eyelid surgeries.
It’s a non-invasive procedure that is used to treat mild hooded eyelids, in fact, it’s suitable for all mild cases (minor occurrences) of droopy eyelids or for younger candidates.
Botulinum Injections having Botox (Botulinum toxin type A) is strategically injected between brows and the outer tail of eyebrows. Your doctor may inject Botulinum toxin into other complex areas around the eyes (crow’s feet) and forehead, and paralyze these muscles temporarily contributing to droopy eyelids.
It can lift the upper eyelids and open up the eyes quite significantly, making your eyes look more open.
If patients already have severely hooded eyelids before treatment, the risk of ptosis is usually a sign that they are not a good candidate for Botox injections in the frontalis muscle.
Botox Eyelid Lift Before and After
Botulinum toxin injections treat hooded eyes if it is performed under the guidance of an expert. Here, a board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rohit Jaiswal performed a Botox eyelid lift on a young lady.
The patient was quite happy with her upper eyelid lift and showed her Botox eyelid lift before and after the results.
Another Eyelid botox procedure was performed by Dr. Nina. She has shown her client’s Eyelid botox results in the video.
Droopy Eyelid After Botox
Although it’s a safe procedure to lift eyelids it can go wrong. The most common adverse reaction to Botox eyelid lifting is droopy eyelids, also known as ptosis or Blepharoptosis.
It happens when Botulinum toxin migrates to other facial areas (forehead or between eyebrows), around 5% of patients experience droopy eyelids after Botox. If it is performed by an expert, then you don’t have to worry about this.
It’s important to inject Botulinum toxin only in problematic areas as people have varying facial muscle movements.
Botox Eyelid Lift Cost
The cost of Botox eyelid lifting is the same as the cost of eyebrow lift. Many doctors use 20-25 units to lift hooded eyelids. A single unit of Botulinum toxin costs about $12, so the whole eyelid lifting can cost you around $300-$600.
If you have severe droopy eyelids then you should look for upper eyelid surgery (upper blepharoplasty).
According to recent statistics from American surgeons, eyelid surgery can cost you $4,120 with lasting results.
Botox Eyelid Lift Recovery Time and Results
It’s a short procedure that takes 20-30 minutes to lift eyelids and doesn’t involve any incisions and skin removal process like traditional eye lift surgeries. As it’s a non-surgical eyelid lift so there’s no downtime.
Botox is a short-term solution to treat hooded eyes, the results aren’t permanent. The effect of Botulinum toxin can last approximately 4-6 months.
Non-Surgical Eye Lift vs Eyelid Surgery
In some cases, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) becomes more effective than non-surgical lift.
Should you get Botox or blepharoplasty?
Botox and eyelid surgery is the most common procedure to lift droopy eyelids but at some points, they’re different from each other.
Botox is a perfect option for mild hooded eyelids but if you have excess upper eyelid skin which can’t be treated by Botulinum toxin then eyelid surgery will be a good option for you. As we age, our eyebrows begin to drop which gives an appearance of hooded eyelids.
Blepharoplasty gives a youthful and perfect appearance to our eyes. In this procedure, doctors trim excess skin from eyelids by making a small incision on a natural eye crease. The recovery time of Blepharoplasty is 14-15 days with remarkable results that can last you 15 years.
Celebrity Blepharoplasty Before and After
No one likes droopy eyelids, whether it’s men or women. And when we talk about our Hollywood celebrities, there’s no one who didn’t undergo any surgery.
Today, we’re going to tell you about our favorite celebrity who underwent ‘Blepharoplasty’.
‘Tom Cruise’ Fans have witnessed his facial transformation and think that he has undergone surgeries from botulinum injections to fillers and nose jobs.
Some other celebrities who underwent Blepharoplasty are George Clooney, Al Pacino, Tina Turner, and Cameron Diaz.
One of the famous YouTubers Alana Arbucci had her Eyebrow Lift treatment. She shared her experience in her YouTube video. Moreover, Alana called this procedure a Celebrity Eyelid lift because Bella Hadid who is a world-famous model and actress had her eyelid lift last year.
Eyelid Botox Injection Side Effects
It’s a riskless procedure with minimal side effects. The complications associated with Botulinum injections are:
- Swelling and bruising in the treated area
- Eye dryness and tearing
- However, severe risk includes:
- Droopy eyelid (if it is not injected into the problematic area)
To avoid further risks and complications it’s better to consult with board-certified surgeons and doctors.
Can you lift your eyelids with Botox?
You can lift eyelids with Botulinum toxin in 20-30 minutes with no recovery time. It also treats wrinkles around the eyes and forehead and relaxes eyebrow muscles that contribute to droopy eyelids.
Can Botox make hooded eyes worse?
Botox makes hooded eyes worse only when it is injected into the skin’s depth or it is done by un-professionals, otherwise, it lifts eyelids and makes eyes bigger.
Can Botox get rid of hooded eyes?
Botox helps to get rid of hooded eyes, it’s a good option to lift mild droopy eyelids. If you have excess skin on the upper eyelid, then go for eyelid surgery.
How many units of Botox for hooded eyes?
Most surgeons inject 20-25 units of Botulinum toxin to treat hooded eyes, the number of units can be increased if you have droopy eyelids.
Botox is a safe and effective procedure to lift eyelids with no downtime. It also reduces puffiness due to inherited factors, eye bags, and a tired appearance. It’s fairly a short procedure with no recovery time, the whole treatment can take 20-30 minutes with remarkable results.
It’s important to consult with a board-certified surgeon before going through any treatment.
In the end, if you choose Botox over eyelid surgery it’s your personal decision based on your desired results and budget.