As we age, collagen and elastin fibers beneath the facial surface begin to break down, causing wrinkles and creases around the eyes and forehead. These wrinkles can be accentuated by squinting, frowning, smiling, exposure to sun and smoking. BOTOX®, a non-surgical, cosmetic product, is injected directly into the muscles that cause these “dynamic wrinkles.” By relaxing the muscles, BOTOX therapy helps restore a more youthful appearance.
Some of the areas where BOTOX therapy has been effective include wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet) and forehead lines and furrows, as well as the vertical creases between the eyebrows. Performed as an outpatient procedure, BOTOX injections effectively smooth out wrinkles, with results usually apparent within three to four days. The effects of the treatment typically last three to four months, at which time the injections can be repeated with continued good results.
How does BOTOX work?
Botulinum toxin, or BOTOX, is a protein produced by the C. botulinum bacteria. Using a fine needle (so it causes very little discomfort), the Ophthalmologist injects the protein into the facial muscles. BOTOX actually causes muscle paralysis by blocking the electrical impulses that stimulate the muscle to move. No more stimulation—no more spasms. In most cases, the involuntary movement ceases within three days and a single treatment lasts for three months. After that time, the injections can be repeated, however, effectiveness diminishes over the years due to the buildup of antibodies. Though it is not a cure for facial spasms, BOTOX is now considered one of the best treatments available and, in most cases, is covered by insurance.
Interestingly, many patients who were treated for spasms noticed a softening of their facial wrinkles. This discovery led to the use of cosmetic BOTOX for conditions such as crow’s feet, forehead lines, furrows and wrinkles between the eyebrows. The ophthalmologists of Campbell Cunningham Taylor & Haun are highly skilled in the cosmetic uses of BOTOX.
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Treatment of Facial Spastic Disorders
While widely known for its ability to remove wrinkles, BOTOX is frequently used by Ophthalmologists for the treatment of Facial Spastic Disorders. Ophthalmologists, in fact, are the most experienced administrators of BOTOX, having employed the therapy for more than a generation. Learn more here.