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Can Botox Cause Dry Eyes?

Monday, July 15th, 2013


When Botox was introduced in the 1980s, it was first used treat optic muscle disorders. In 2002, it was approved by FDA for cosmetic use, that is to improve the appearance of frown lines between the eyebrows. A decade later, Botox reigns as king amongst non-surgical cosmetic procedures. This could only mean one thing — it certainly lives up to its promise. While Botox side effects rarely occur, Dr. Buchanan believes that educating clients on what to expect (both positive and negative) is the key to better cosmetic outcomes in his North Carolina plastic surgery practice.

Dr. Buchanan’s Take on Dry Eyes

One of the most common side effects of Botox is dry eyes. To avoid this problem, it is very important that you seek the services of Botox specialists, people who are trained and skilled in injecting Botox for cosmetic reasons.

“Yes, Botox injections around the eyes can cause you to not be able to close your eyes which then causes the dryness. The only two places around the eyes we usually inject Botox is between the eyebrows and laterally,” Dr. Buchanan shares in this ASAPS (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) Q & A post. “We also try not to totally eliminate all function laterally to prevent this problem. If Botox is put in other places in the Orbicularis muscle (the one that closes the eye), especially medially, this muscle may fail to close the eye.”

“You will just have to wait until the Botox wears off. Meanwhile, use of Restasis and Lubricants like Systane and Refresh Tears and an ointment for night use will usually control the symptoms until this happens,” Dr. Buchanan further recommends.

Finding a Botox Specialist for Cosmetic Use in North Carolina

Millions of men and women receive Botox each year. However, finding a Botox cosmetic specialist (not ophthalmologists who inject Botox for different conditions)is very crucial. It is important to note that the injection site may vary between Botox for cosmetic purposes and Botox for non-cosmetic use. Possible risks from a mistake in the technique or the injection site include bruising, infection, and unintentionally affecting other muscle groups (like what happens in dry eye syndrome).

The Center for Plastic Surgery in Highlands, North Carolina

We invite you to explore your cosmetic options with us! We perfectly understand that cosmetic surgery is not just about improving the physical aspect but making you feel better about yourself, too.

Dr. Buchanan has hospital privileges at both Highlands-Cashiers Hospital and at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva.  The procedures are performed either in his office or at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital.  We are located at 209 Hospital Drive, Suite 202, Highlands, NC.  Call us at 828-526-3783 or fill out this contact form to schedule an initial consultation. We look forward to your visit!