Is Eyelid Surgery or Botox Better?

Because your eyes are so expressive, they play a pivotal role in nonverbal communication. From anger to surprise, you can convey a range of emotions with your eyes alone. However, your aging eyes may also be sending an unintended message that you are fatigued or unfriendly.

Many of the earliest signs of aging – including crow’s feet, dark circles, and skin laxity – emerge around the eyes, and over time, these become increasingly hard to hide with makeup. As a result, you may start weighing your options for refreshing your look. Botox and eyelid surgery are two solutions that should rise to the top of your list, but which will provide you with better results?

All About Botox

Since earning its first FDA approval for cosmetic use in 2002, Botox has helped millions of people worldwide achieve a more refreshed, approachable appearance without surgery. Botox consists of a purified version of botulinum toxin. When carefully injected into targeted areas around the eyes, forehead, and between the eyebrows, this neuromodulator creates a temporary muscle paralysis that relaxes existing wrinkles and prevents new ones from forming.

Dr. Indeyeva can use Botox to:

  • minimize dynamic wrinkles
  • slightly elevate your eyebrows
  • create a more open, energetic facial expression

You can get a quick Botox touch-up before an event such as a wedding or class reunion, or we can work with you to develop a consistent treatment schedule that maintains ongoing results.

Understanding Blepharoplasty

Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, can reverse aging signs such as hooded eyes, sagging eyelid skin, and prominent undereye bags. In performing this surgery, Dr. Indeyeva can remove excess skin and fat that obscures your eyes and gives you a chronically tired, sad, or angry resting facial expression.

Blepharoplasty on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both is an excellent anti-aging procedure that can simultaneously serve aesthetic and functional benefits. Upper eyelid blepharoplasty creates smoother, youthful-looking eyelids and trims sagging skin that impedes your vision, while lower eyelid blepharoplasty greatly improves the appearance of puffy undereye bags.

Botox Plus Blepharoplasty

While you may be wondering whether to choose Botox or blepharoplasty, in many cases, it’s not an either/or decision. Depending on your goals, we can achieve ideal outcomes by combining these two procedures. For example, after blepharoplasty, you may still have signs of aging around your eyes and eyebrows.

Following your eyelid lift surgery, Dr. Indeyeva can use Botox to diminish 11 lines, crow’s feet, and brow furrows to match your rejuvenated eye results and create a more youthful overall look. You may also want to consider adding dermal fillers to your treatment regimen to restore contours in your mid-face and rejuvenate hollowed areas such as your temples and tear troughs.

Anti-Aging Facial Procedures

If you have become self-conscious about any aspect of your facial appearance, Dr. Indeyeva can improve your quality of life with a wide array of surgical and non-surgical options. As a Double Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon and national injectable trainer, Dr. Indeyeva is committed to improving her patients’ quality of life through her considerable expertise.

Your journey to rejuvenation and improved confidence begins with a consultation at our Austin office. To schedule this life-changing appointment, contact us by calling (512) 831-5397 or completing our convenient online form.

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