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BOTOX Cosmetics

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 features 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.

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

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.

Due to these factors, having an ophthalmologist perform your BOTOX treatment can best help to ensure the safety of your eyes and vision. Many ophthalmologists have been on the forefront of BOTOX treatment, as it has been used for over 10 years in the field 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 the Cedar Valley and would like more information about BOTOX Cosmetics and what it can do for you, contact us today.