Botulinum Toxin (Botox™) for Treating Facial Wrinkles

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.

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. Some people respond better to Botox than others. Occasionally there is little improvement and another form of treatment may be recommended. At Cedar Valley Eye Care, we stress the importance of discussing your situation and your expectations.

Understanding the Risks, Complications and Side Effects

Botulinum Toxin (Botox™) for Treating Facial Wrinkles
Botox is a toxin and can be potent in high concentrations. Only small, diluted amounts of Botox are used in treatments to reduce facial wrinkles.

The most common side effects are headache and temporary redness or bruising of the skin at the injection site. Bruising appears to be more common in patients taking aspirin or blood-thinning medicines. 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 and weakened. This could cause drooping of the eyelid (ptosis) if Botox seeps below the eyebrow and into the muscle that controls eyelid function. Though the effect is not permanent and will eventually go away as the Botox wears off, drooping eyelids may temporarily obstruct your ability to see.

In order to help reduce the possibility of side effects, your doctor may recommend that you use lubricating eye drops, gels or ointment for a period of time after treatment. You may also be instructed to:

  • Sit upright and not to lie down for at least four hours after treatment;
  • Avoid pressing on or massaging the treated area for four hours;
  • Avoid exercising for 24 hours following treatment.

Having an ophthalmologist perform your Botox treatment can help to ensure the safety of your eyes and your vision. Many ophthalmologists have been on the forefront of Botox treatment. It has been used for over 10 years in ophthalmology to treat involuntary spasms of the eyes and other facial spasm disorders. As an eye care specialist, your ophthalmologist is most familiar with all aspects of your eyes, including the muscles and structures surrounding them.

If you live or work in Cedar Falls, Waterloo or the surrounding areas and you would like to learn more about Botox Cosmetic and what it can do for you, contact us today.