Shh! Anti-agers that no one but you may know about: Botox made my eyes puffy. What will fix them?
- An anonymous reader asked for help treating swollen bags under the eyes
- Dr Alexis Granite recommends massaging the nose up to the ears to get the lymph flowing
- Dr Granite adds that the problem should resolve itself in a month or two
Q Ever since I had my crow’s feet treated with Botox, I’ve been getting puffy bags under my eyes that deflate very slowly and then look sunken. Can it be fixed and could botox be to blame?
AND I’m afraid it might be. “This is rare, but in some cases, toxin injections can affect the lymphatic function around the eyes,” says consultant dermatologist Dr Alexis Granite (dralexisgranite.com).
Around your eyes are lymph vessels and nodes that are responsible for draining fluids and toxins, and they rely on movement and muscle contractions. “Botox (which paralyzes the muscles) for crow’s feet is placed in the outer corners of the eyes, near these blood vessels,” says Dr Granite.
An anonymous reader asked for advice on how to get rid of swollen bags under the eyes after botox. Pictured is a picture of someone getting botox
“However, it is not so much the location of the injections that can slow down the lymph, but the amount of Botox used, which should be minimal.
“The problem should resolve itself in a month or two, but next time you have botox, make sure your doctor uses a much lower dose.”
Inge (pictured) spoke to Dr Alexis Granite, who said the problem should clear up on its own in a few months, but lymphatic massage could help.
In the meantime, help your lymph along with a gentle massage. Cooling globes such as the Stylpro Facial Ice Globes (£35, feelunique.com) can be rolled from the sides of the nose across the cheekbones and out towards the ears. Doing this for a few minutes each day should help drain stagnant fluids and restore firmer skin.
- Esend your questions to Ingeborg van Lotringen, author of Great Skin, at [email protected]