Botox has been around for quite some time now, and while it’s most commonly known as one of the best and least invasive ways to relax lines and wrinkles on the face, it can also be used to serve other purposes. Though it has not been approved by the FDA to treat dark circles or bags under your eyes, studies have suggested that it may be an ideal treatment option in some cases.
When a medication is used for a purpose that is not specifically indicated by the FDA, this is considered off-label use. Such uses of drugs have not been studied in the same way as primary uses, and this means there may be more risk to patients. Due to this, a drug company cannot promote any of its drugs for off-label uses, but doctors are allowed to prescribe and use medications in this way if they so choose as long as their patients are made aware of the potential complications and risks.
Studies on Botox for Undereye Bags and Circles
Though there are no large-scale studies submitted to the FDA supporting the use of Botox for reducing the appearance of dark circles or bags under the eyes, a few small-scale studies have been conducted. Back in 2003, 19 women were given Botox injections – some received them in both the upper and lower lids, and others received them in only the lower lids. Women who received injections in both places reported far better results than the women who only received lower eyelid injections.
With this information in mind, it seems that Botox does very little to reduce the dark discoloration under the eyes, but it can significantly reduce the appearance of bagginess by adding some volume and making the area plumper and fuller. The same research suggested that women who received eight units of Botox experienced the best results – but they also had side effects on the harsher end of the spectrum. Unfortunately, little else is known about the effects of Botox under the eyes.
Alternatives to Botox
If your dark circles or bags are interfering with your self-esteem or confidence, other treatments exist to help correct these issues. Things you can do yourself involve sleeping seven to eight hours each night, wearing sunscreen every day, sleeping with your head slightly elevated, and reducing the sodium in your diet. Other options, such as filler injections, are only available from your doctor. These can fill in the area and reduce the baggy appearance much like Botox. You might also opt for laser treatment which can lighten and tighten the skin, and while they are more expensive than Botox, they last far longer.
Can Botox be an effective treatment for undereye circles or bags? According to the FDA, there isn’t enough information to safely say yes, and preliminary small-scale studies show that Botox may help reduce wrinkles in this area, but it won’t do much for discoloration. If you are concerned about dark circles or bags, call Palm Beach Plastics to set up a consultation and learn more about the best options for your unique needs.