Lukas Gage’s first Botox experience didn’t quite go as expected. During a “Jimmy Kimmel Live” appearance on March 16, the actor recalled how the cosmetic procedure went awry while he was filming season four of “You” in London, resulting in a drooping eyelid.
Gage prefaced the story by sharing what led him to get the injection in the first place. “As an actor, you are put in a lot of makeup. I’m talking pounds of makeup,” he began. “You have to get facials. Guys need facials too — let’s normalize that.” During one appointment, the facialist pointed out how his eyebrows appeared to be at uneven heights on his face, and he took her word for it. “I was just obsessed with that eyebrow ever since she said it,” he admitted.
Two days later, Gage returned to the same facialist to fix the unevenness with one unit of Botox, which landed him with a sagging eyelid. “This is something called ptosis. Two percent of people who get Botox experience this,” Gage said as Kimmel showed a selfie of the actor with one eye half-closed. Seeing as he was on set filming “You” at the time and the condition lasted six whole weeks, the directors had a simple solution: his character, Adam Pratt, wore sunglasses for several scenes.
Dermatologist Marina Peredo, MD, FAAD, previously gave POPSUGAR the full scoop on ptosis, explaining that it happens to about five percent of people who receive Botox — still a very slim margin compared to Gage’s estimate. “Eyelid drooping, or ptosis, can happen when the physician performing the treatment is less experienced or the Botox is injected in the wrong area, which can lead to muscle weakness and droop,” she says. Treatment options include prescribed eye drops or getting more Botox to counteract the relaxed muscles.
It’s safe to say Gage won’t be revisiting that facialist . . . or getting Botox again anytime soon. “I think it’s a lesson for everyone out there: no one’s face is symmetrical,” he said. “This was a hard and fast lesson learned that Botox is not for me.”
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