Minimizing the signs of aging
The first signs of aging often appear as wrinkles around the eyes, forehead, cheeks and lips. While wrinkles are normal defining feature of the human face, they can sometimes falsely portray a tired or more aged appearance. Botulinum Toxin (BOTOX®) injections are used to treat facial wrinkles, restoring a more youthful, rested appearance.
It is important to remember that the level of improvement in the appearance of wrinkles after BOTOX treatments can vary among patients, with some people responding better to BOTOX than others and occasionally little improvement occurring, after which another form of treatment may be recommended. At Cedar Valley Eye Care, we make discussing your situation and your expectations an integral part of the pre-BOTOX consultation process.
Understanding the Risks, Complications and Side Effects
Because BOTOX is a toxin and can be potent in high concentrations, only small, diluted amounts are used in treatments to reduce facial wrinkles. Some post-injection side effects may occur, including headache, temporary redness, and bruising of the skin at the injection site. Bruising appears to be more common in patients taking aspirin or blood-thinning medicines, and so these medicines should be avoided if possible for a few days before treatment. You should inform your doctor of all medications you are currently taking before having BOTOX treatments. Occasionally, some people might experience temporary eye irritation or tearing after BOTOX treatments.
More serious complications are rare but possible. There is a chance that non-targeted muscles could be affected by the BOTOX injection, which could cause eyelid dropping (ptosis) if BOTOX seeps below the eyebrow and into the muscle that controls eyelid function. Though this temporary effect will dissipate as the BOTOX wears off, drooping eyelids may temporarily obstruct your vision.