Can Botox Help with Droopy Eyelids?

While Botox is best known for its ability to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, it also has several other effective uses, including improving the appearance of droopy eyelids. Keep reading to learn more about Botox and how it might be able to help with droopy eyelids!

What Causes Droopy Eyelids?

The medical term for droopy eyelids is ptosis. It occurs when the skin on the eyelid loses its natural elasticity, causing it to stretch and droop.

There are a number of reasons why a person might develop ptosis, including:


There are two ways in which aging can cause ptosis. Aging can weaken the muscles that hold the eyelids in place, and aging can also cause the thin skin on the eyelids to lose elasticity, causing it to droop.

Neurological Conditions

Certain neurological conditions, such as myasthenia gravis or third nerve palsy, can lead to ptosis. These conditions cause fatigue and weakness in the muscles that control the eyelids.


Naturally droopy eyelids can run in a person’s family. If a person is more genetically prone to heavy eyelids, they may develop ptosis as they age and eyelid muscles weaken.

Eye Surgery or Injury

Previous eye surgeries or injuries can affect eyelid positioning. In some cases, scar tissue can put extra weight on the eyelid, pushing it downward.

How Does Botox Help with Droopy Eyelids?

Botox is not able to directly lift droopy eyelids. However, it can be used in several ways to improve the appearance of the eyes, giving them a more lifted look. 

Here are the ways that strategically administered Botox can help with droopy eyelids:

Indirect Lifting

One of the ways Botox can help is by targeting the muscles around the eyes to create an indirect lifting effect. In this application, Botox is administered into the muscles that pull the eyebrows down, including the corrugator and orbicularis oculi muscles. 

By paralyzing the muscles responsible for lifting the eyebrows, the frontalis muscle, which helps pulls the eyelids up, can work unopposed, resulting in a slight elevation of the eyebrows. Indirect lifting can give you a more open-eyed appearance and make your eyelids appear less droopy.

Brow Lifting

If you have droopy eyelids that are worsened by low or sagging eyebrows, Botox can give you a more lifted appearance. By using Botox to lift the eyebrows, eyelid skin is pulled tighter, helping to reduce the appearance of droopiness. 

This technique is often referred to as a chemical brow lift. For some people, it can be an effective alternative to a surgical brow lift.

Is Botox Right for Me?

There are several important considerations to think about when deciding whether Botox treatment for your droopy eyelids is right for you. These considerations include:

Botox is a Temporary Solution

Botox treatments are not permanent, typically lasting for three to four months. Repeated treatments are necessary for sustaining the results.

An Experienced Botox Provider is Key 

The success of Botox treatments in improving the appearance of droopy eyelids relies heavily on the expertise of the Botox provider. Incorrect application by an inexperienced provider can worsen the problem.

Botox is Not Suitable for Severe Ptosis 

Botox may not be effective for ptosis caused by significant muscle weakness or neurological conditions. Surgical interventions, like blepharoplasty, are usually more effective for cases of severe ptosis.

If you are looking for a way to improve the appearance of your droopy eyelids, Botox might be the treatment option for you. With precise application, Botox is an effective, non-surgical treatment that can give you a more lifted, open-eyed appearance. 

Do you want to learn if Botox might be able to help improve your droopy eyelids? Schedule an appointment at Rosenthal Eye Surgery in New York, NY, today!

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