We all expect the signs of aging to show up at some point. Still, when they do, it’s hard not to be surprised. Though aging will continue indefinitely, there are several ways to manage our appearance. Treatments that address the eyelids and tissue around the eyes are popular. With the right treatment, it is possible to manage the signs of aging very well. In some studies, patients have reported that eyelid rejuvenation had a widespread effect that refreshed the entire face.
If you’ve become concerned with the signs of aging around your eyes, you may be thinking about the two most popular treatment options, Botox and blepharoplasty. Many people interested in eyelid rejuvenation compare the two. Here, we discuss why there is no comparison.
The Similarities and Differences Between Botox and Blepharoplasty
It is reasonable to compare Botox with blepharoplasty. Both techniques achieve the outcome of younger-looking eyes. This is where the similarity between the two ends, though. It is important to address how each works to refresh the eyes to achieve the desired outcome through proper treatment-planning.
Blepharoplasty is the cosmetic eyelid surgery that may be performed on both the upper and lower eyelids. The technique makes the eyes look younger by trimming tissue that has become loose and saggy. Tissue loosens naturally as we age as a result of collagen decline and sun damage. Sometimes, looseness can be so significant that the upper eyelids droop over the lash-line, obscuring vision. The loosening of superficial tissue beneath the eyes can create puffiness because fat pads are not secured as they once were. Through small incisions, blepharoplasty can reposition or reduce fatty tissue and tighten skin to restore a smooth surface that is free of bags.
Botox injections do not affect the eyelids themselves but they do affect the eyes. Injections work by reducing tightness in the muscles around the eyes. Botox is commonly used in the muscles at the inner edges of the eyebrows to smooth frown lines. Injections can also be administered into the muscles near the eyebrows to reduce downward pull. Crow’s feet, the small lines at the outer edges of the eyes, can also be treated with Botox.
Based on this comparison, we can see that blepharoplasty and Botox work in completely different ways and achieve different objectives. As such, they are fine partners in facial rejuvenation.