I Get Botox for My Hooded Eyes, Here Is What To Expect

botox for hooded eyes

I have hooded eyes. And now that I’m in my late 30s, they look more prominent. From makeup to skincare, I’ve tried everything to minimize their appearance because I feel like they make me look older than I am. But one thing that helped me the most was getting Botox to minimize the appearance of hooded eyes. So if you’re considering it, here’s what you can expect from it based on my experience and some things you need to keep in mind as well.

To brush up on wrinkle smoothers, Botox is a brand name for botulinum toxin. It temporarily weakens the facial muscles to smooth the appearance of wrinkles. It’s commonly used to treat forehead wrinkles, wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet), and wrinkles between the brows (glabellar lines).

How Does Botox Fix Hooded Eyes?

Botox is used to fix hooded eyes by relaxing the muscle that pulls down the brow tail. This procedure is also called a Botox brow lift. A tiny amount of Botox is injected into brow tails, resulting in slightly lifted brows. However, this is usually not enough to get noticeable results. For that reason, Botox is also injected into the area between the brows as well.

Where Do They Inject Botox To Fix Hooded Eyes?

There are three areas to help hooded eyes and lift the brows. One is on the edge of the brows, the other one is right between the brows, and the other one is just a little bit above that one. These are the areas involved. I’m not an injector, I’m just an injectee. But I did look up the names of the actual areas involved.

Botox Injection Areas to Fix Hooded Eyes

Orbicularis oculi: This muscle encircles the eyes. For our purposes, it’s the one that pulls down the brows towards the edges. That’s why they inject Botox laterally from the edge of the brows.

Corrugator muscles: These muscles extend right between the brows. They pull the eyebrows together, causing vertical wrinkles between the brows aka 11s.

Procerus muscles: These are located between the brows. They pull the brows down as well, causing tiny horizontal wrinkles above the nose and below the brows.

So collectively, these are responsible for wrinkles and movement in that area. The aim is to lift the mid-brow, the edge, and the arch. I got Botox for all these areas as well for crow’s feet to give the appearance of a more relaxed-looking eye area.

Does It Work?

If you’re like me and you could use any type of lifting in the brow area, you might find Botox for hooded eyes to be helpful as well. Even though the results aren’t dramatic, it’s noticeable enough that I’m now able to apply winged eyeliner more easily! My eyebrows appear more lifted, which I feel makes me look more youthful, fresh, and well-rested.

On the other hand, if your eyebrows are anatomically too low, Botox won’t be able to lift them. Botox gives very subtle and minimal results and won’t be enough to make a huge difference. Additionally, if you have excessive skin on your eyelids or heavy drooping, you probably won’t be happy with your results either because Botox doesn’t tighten skin.

Forehead Wrinkles When You Have Hooded Eyes

So what happens when you also want to smooth forehead wrinkles besides reducing hooded eyes? This is where things get tricky. If your injector doesn’t consider your unique face when treating forehead wrinkles, Botox might actually make things worse by increasing the visibility of hooded eyes.

To relax the wrinkles on the forehead, Botox is injected into the frontalis muscle. It’s a big muscle that extends across the forehead. And one of its functions is to raise eyebrows. And when you get Botox to reduce forehead wrinkles all over that area, it might give the appearance of heavier eyelids because there’s no movement left in that area.

To avoid worsening hooded eyes when treating forehead wrinkles, what usually happens is that you get less Botox into that area. It means horizontal lines may still be visible but not as deep. But you get great improvement for hooded eyes. Alternatively, you get little improvement in hooded eyes but achieve smoother skin on the forehead area. So you need to compromise.

Here you can see from my images below that I’ve tried both scenarios. Image #1 is when I focused more on softening lines and wrinkles on my forehead and between brows, which resulted in almost no difference in the appearance of hooded eyes.

And image #2 is when I focused more on my hooded eyes so I still had movement in the forehead and only mildly softened vertical lines between the brows. Again, you need to compromise.

Before After Face Photo - Botox for Hooded Eyes

So this is how Botox works for hooded eyes. Personally, I’m happy with my results and I regularly renew my injections. If you’re considering getting the treatment, remember to go for a certified injector to get the best results.

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