Is BOTOX® a Better Crow’s Feet Solution than Eyelid Surgery?

Woman smilingBOTOX® Cosmetic and eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, are both common treatments for signs of aging in the eye area, BOTOX® is a nonsurgical injection that relaxes the facial muscles that create dynamic wrinkles, while eyelid surgery addresses overhanging eyelid skin that can give the eyes a drooping appearance. But when it comes to treating crow’s feet—the wrinkles extending from the outer edges of the eyes—is one option better?

The Nature of Crow’s Feet

Crow’s feet are dynamic wrinkles. This means that they are caused by repeated muscle movements. I find that treating dynamic wrinkles is best done with muscle relaxants like BOTOX®, which temporarily cause the targeted muscles to relax, smoothing out crow’s feet. By comparison, eyelid surgery cannot actually treat crow’s feet, since crow’s feet are not a result of loose or baggy skin.

However, eyelid surgery has other cosmetic uses. I commonly use eyelid surgery to improve the appearance of men and women who have puffy bags under the eyes or redundant eyelid skin that gives the appearance of being constantly tired or obstructs vision. While many of my blepharoplasty patients elect to have the procedure to address signs of aging, others use eyelid surgery to improve their natural eye shape regardless of age.

Combining Procedures

If you’re considering the benefits of either BOTOX® or eyelid surgery, you may find that a combination of both is the right approach for you. While eyelid surgery can bring a refreshed, alert, and youthful appearance to the eyes, BOTOX® can smooth out crow’s feet, frown lines, and under-eye lines, taking years off of your facial appearance.