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Avoiding Droopy Eyelids from Botox: What You Need to Know

Updated: April 10, 2023

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We’ve all heard of Botox and seen its effects, but did you know that it can actually cause droopy eyelids? As a med spa owner,  I know a thing or two about Botox. At ELLEMES Medical Spa of Atlanta, my team and I help patients with their Botox needs. In this blog post, I’ll be discussing the potential for droopy eyelids caused by Botox treatments and how to prevent it.

What is Botox and How Does it Work?

Botox is a cosmetic injectable that is used to temporarily reduce wrinkles. It works by blocking a chemical called acetylcholine from reaching the muscles in the face, which causes a decrease in muscle movement. Basically, when the muscles are relaxed, wrinkles are lessened. Botox is used for a variety of cosmetic procedures such as forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, and frown lines.

Can Botox Cause Droopy Eyelids?

The answer is yes. Botox injections can cause droopy eyelids, also known as ptosis. This is because the injections can affect the muscles that are responsible for lifting the eyelid. If these muscles are weakened, the eyelid may start to droop.

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What Causes Botox to Cause Droopy Eyelids?

There are a few factors that can contribute to the potential for Botox causing droopy eyelids. First, the type and amount of Botox used can make a difference. Too much Botox can cause the muscles to become too weak, which can lead to drooping. This is why it is important to find a qualified injection specialist who can administer the right amount of Botox.

Another factor that can cause droopy eyelids is the injection technique. It is important to make sure the injections are placed in the correct area, as it can cause eyelid muscle weakness if injected too close to the eyelids.

How Can You Prevent Botox-Related Droopy Eyelids?

There are a few steps that you can take to try and prevent droopy eyelids caused by Botox. First, make sure to find a qualified injection specialist who has experience with Botox treatments and is familiar with the proper injection techniques. This will help ensure that the injections are placed correctly and only the right amount of Botox is used.

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Second, avoid rubbing the area that was injected for 24 hours. This can help ensure that the Botox has time to settle in the muscles and not affect the surrounding areas.

Third, avoid excessive exercise for 24 hours after your Botox treatment and take extra care when moving your face. This will help ensure that the Botox does not migrate and affect other areas.


The potential for Botox causing droopy eyelids is real, but there are steps that can be taken to prevent it. Make sure to find a qualified injection specialist, avoid rubbing the area and excessive exercise after the injection, and take extra care when moving your face. Following these steps can help ensure that you have the best results possible from your Botox treatment.

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Lauren has been medical aesthetician and laser practitioner for over 10 years and is passionate about helping her clients achieve their best skin possible. Lauren truly believes that everyone deserves to feel confident in their own skin and is dedicated to helping her clients achieve that goal!

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Lauren Siso, Medical Aesthetician at ELLEMES Medical Spa