A Little Too Relaxed: Leaking Botox and Ptosis

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If you're considering getting some Botox injected into your face to relax a tense forehead, choose your doctor wisely unless you want to risk temporary eye problems. Botox can result in ptosis, or drooping eyelids, in two specific circumstances. The resulting look can make you seem tired and even block your vision in some cases. While the ptosis is temporary, it is definitely unwelcome.

Leak Trouble

One situation that results in ptosis is not that common, but it does happen. Sometimes the Botox shot is placed too close to the muscle that's just above your eyelid, called the levator muscle. Even if the shot is not placed in the levator muscle, it can actually leak out of a nearby muscle and affect the levator. The result is that your levator muscle relaxes and won't tense to move the lid up.

Smooth Forehead

The other situation that results in ptosis happens when the Botox shot is given to someone who has unconsciously been tensing his or her forehead. Tensing the frontalis muscles in the forehead can raise the eyelids up. The shot is supposed to relax the muscles and smooth out wrinkles, but it also causes the frontalis muscles to relax so much that the upper portion of the face relaxes. That in turn lowers the eyelids and makes them look droopy.

One advantage to this type of ptosis is that it shows you just how much you were tensing your forehead. You may want to look into eyelid surgery if your eyelids really are sagging quite a bit when they aren't held up by the frontalis muscle.

Temporary Effects

Thankfully, both of these types of ptosis are temporary—you'll gain muscle movement back as the Botox wears off. But in the meantime, your face won't have the relaxed, youthful look you wanted—you'll just have saggy eyelids. You could also have vision problems if your eyelids sag too far down and block your eyes. If this has happened, you need to visit an ophthalmologist right away to figure out how to alleviate the problem.

If you'd like more information on dealing with ptosis, as well as finding out more about eyelid surgery, talk to an ophthalmologist, like one from Brandon Cataract Center & Eye Clinic. You'll find out about coping skills and whether or not eyelid surgery would be covered by insurance. Know the risks before you have any injections because your ability to see is much more important than a smooth face.

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