What is Botox and how is it used?
Botox is a treatment used to relax the facial muscles that cause wrinkling between the eyebrow, upper nose and around the eyes. Botox is a highly purified solution of a motor nerve blocking agent. FDA approved, it has been used for nearly 20 years for treatment of patients who suffer from spasm of the upper eyelid muscles. By carefully injecting minute amounts of Botox directly into the overactive facial muscle, a temporary relaxation of the muscle is achieved. Its history of safety and effectiveness make it a very useful adjunct for treatment of facial wrinkles.
Botox treatment does not require anesthesia, however, an anesthetic cream or cold compress may be used to numb the area before injection. There is very little discomfort from the fine needle stick. Occasionally a temporary redness or slight discoloration may develop around the injection site which can be easily covered with makeup.
Is Botox the best treatment for you?
A complete facial analysis will determine if you have areas that might benefit from treatment. Since Botox can only treat wrinkles caused by muscle contraction, lines and wrinkles caused by loose or excess skin may require other treatments. Excess skin around the eyes may require blepharoplasty (eyelid tuck) to correct signs of aging.
What results can be expected?
Botox treatments take only a few minutes, and makeup may be applied right after the procedure. Normal activity may be resumed immediately. Results begin to show 2-7 days after treatment and usually last for three to six months. During this time, muscle activity will gradually return and additional treatments are usually needed to maintain the effect. Some patients, after two or three treatments, will show prolonged relaxation of these muscles (up to one year).
As ophthalmologists, Gainesville Eye Associates doctors are highly qualified to offer Botox treatments because of their specialized understanding of the anatomy of the muscles, bone and connective tissue around the eyes. Treatment is performed in our comfortable, state-of-the-art surgery center.