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Is this ptosis of the eyelid or brow after anti-wrinkle injections and is it a forever lazy eye?

A few days after getting anti-wrinkle injections from a plastic surgeon in town I found myself with what appears to be a lazy eye. He also injected above the left eye temple area to try to tighten. This is NOT my normal eye! Is this possibly ptosis of the lid or brow and is this permanent? Will the eye shape return to baseline on its own?

This may be an unfortunate case of a ptosis, or drooping eyelid. Where in the face did you have your anti-wrinkle injections? A potential side-effect of injections with anti-wrinkle injections is migration of the product into other muscles. If the product goes into the eyelid muscle (“levator palpebrae”), a ptosis can result. Ptosis is only temporary, and lasts as long as the anti-wrinkle injections, usually about twelve weeks. There are also some eye drops available which can be used to lessen the appearance of the ptosis.