Did you know that Botox® isn’t the answer to your under-eye injectable needs?
Botox® has been the go-to injectable treatment for decades. The proprietary formula is excellent for relaxing and limiting movement in the muscles around the eyes to reduce fine lines and keep your skin looking young. However, it often falls short when treating under-eye conditions like bags and dark pigmentation.
At Curated Medical, we dedicate ourselves to providing a science-based, individualized approach to healthy aging. Our team of experts understands the shortcomings of Botox® and is here to provide you with options to keep your face looking fresh for years to come.
In this post, we’ll address common myths surrounding Botox® under-eye treatments, break down our alternatives to these treatments, and provide helpful tips for your next under-eye appointment.
4 Common Botox Under-Eye Treatment Misconceptions and Our Solutions
Before we address the myths about Botox® under-eye treatments, we want to say that this injectable can work wonders for wrinkles. Our experts at Curated Medical often use Botox® injections to eliminate fine lines around the eyes, but we believe it does not solve under-eye problems.
Here are three common myths about under-eye Botox® and the treatments we use to address under-eye issues.
1. Jelly Roll Botox for Bunching When You Smile
When you smile, if your under eye bunches up, this is called the “jelly roll.” Botox can be used to relax the muscle that causes this bunching resulting in a more smooth under eye when you smile.
The downside of using Botox® to solve jelly rolls is that the treatment does not address the loss of volume that causes hollowing or fat herniation that creates puffiness below the eyes. In extreme cases, jelly roll Botox® treatments can cause unevenness between the eyes and a potential drooping due to over-relaxed muscles.
Our Solution for Bunching When You Smile
CO2 laser or Vivace radiofrequency microneedling can be used to increase the elasticity and tighten the skin under the eyes.
2. Botox Solves Hollowing Under the Eyes
Hollowing under the eyes stems from a similar issue to jelly rolls — a loss of volume and fat in the skin around the eye. The result is a sunken-in, or hollow, appearance beneath the eye.
Botox® under-eye treatments don’t solve hollowing because they do not restore your skin’s volume. In fact, the muscle-relaxing nature of the injectable may worsen the appearance of hollowing and affect the functionality of the muscles below the eyes.
Our Solutions for Hollowing Below the Eyes
Hyaluronic Fillers: Like jelly rolls, hollowing is fixed by restoring the skin’s volume below the eye. Under-eye HLA filler treatments plump up your skin and reduce the appearance of hollowing.
Platelet-Rich Fibrin (PRF) Gel: We also recommend platelet-rich fibrin gel to restore your skin’s youthful appearance beneath the eye. PRF gel uses your body’s genetic material to promote tissue regeneration and increase elasticity.
3. Under-eye Botox Treatments Remove Dark Pigmentation
Dark pigmentation below the eyes results from various factors, including a lack of sleep, allergies, aging, or thinning under-eye skin. Many people are also genetically predisposed to have dark circles below the eyes.
As we mentioned before, Botox® doesn’t restore your skin’s thickness. Since dark pigmentation stems from thinner skin below the eyes, it is not a solution for dark circles. We recommend the following treatments instead.
Our Solutions for Dark Pigmentation Beneath the Eyes
PRF Treatments: We suggest PRF treatments for dark pigmentation because of their ability to restore your skin tissue naturally. Whether using a gel or injectable, PRF is an excellent option for reducing dark circles beneath your eyes.
Chemical Peels: Our chemical peel options at Curated Medical can treat various skin conditions, including age-related hyperpigmentation. We tailor these treatments to your needs to ensure the best results for dark pigmentation below the eyes.
Dermal Fillers: Although they are not the first solution for dark circles below the eyes, fillers can restore volume and decrease the appearance of under-eye pigmentation.
4. Botox Fixes Crepey Skin and Fine Lines Below the Eyes
As we age, our skin becomes more fragile and loses the thickness it had in the past. Crepey skin — skin with the appearance of crepe paper — and fine lines are common issues stemming from thinning skin. While we know Botox® is a solution for fine lines, other treatments may be better for improving the actual skin quality.
Our Solution For Crepey Skin and Fine Lines Below the Eyes
Vivace® RF Micro-needling: This FDA-approved procedure is the leading radiofrequency micro-needling treatment on the market. It combines heat with traditional micro-needling to improve skin tone and reduce the appearance of crepey skin below the eyes.
Deka CO2 Laser: This outstanding ablative laser treatment uses high-intensity light to stimulate collagen and elastin production. We customize each under-eye laser treatment to target your needs, including crepey skin and fine lines.
Trust the Experts at Curated Medical for Your Under-Eye Treatments
Our incredible team at Curated Medical wants to create a custom-tailored treatment plan for your under-eye concerns. We will schedule a consultation with you, listen to your pain points, and develop a plan of action to help you look and feel your best.
If you live in Scottsdale, AZ, or the surrounding area, contact us today to schedule a consultation for solving your under-eye treatments!