Botox

Do you have fine lines or wrinkles on your face that you don’t like seeing when you look in the mirror? You may be a good candidate for Botox!

Botox is a purified protein synthesized from Clostridium botulinum. Clostridium botulinum is a naturally occurring bacterium.

While Botox is mainly used by those looking to make their wrinkles and fine lines appear less noticeable, it’s also an effective treatment for different medical conditions like facial and eyelid spasms, and eyelid retraction. At The Medical Eye Center, we offer our patients Botox and other oculoplastic options at four convenient locations.

What is Botox?

Botox is a non-surgical treatment that helps minimize frown lines between the brows, around the corner of the eyelids, and the forehead. Botox is directly injected into the muscles causing wrinkles, where it blocks the nerve signals. You can expect to see results after 1 to 2 weeks.

Results from Botox are temporary and will last between 2-4 months.

Can Botox Be Used if I have Facial Twitches or Tics?

Facial twitches and tics are quick, irregular, and involuntary muscle contractions. They can be caused by fatigue, stress, and caffeine.

Having facial twitches and tics can also be a medical condition. When they are chronic, twitches and tics can be distracting, embarrassing, and uncomfortable.

The two common twitches are twitching on one side of the face, known as hemifacial spasms, and eyelid twitches, also referred to as blepharospasm. A series of small Botox injections around and in the affected muscles can calm the tics and spasms.

How Successful is Botox Improving Hemifacial Spasms and Eyelid Spasms?

When Botox is used correctly by a skilled doctor, over 96 percent of patients experience sustained and visible improvements. Typically, the effects of Botox treatment will last for almost 12-15 weeks.

It’s important to note that injecting more Botox won’t extend its effect. At the same time, the result will not become weaker or stronger even after years of treatment.

Are There Any Side Effects of Using Botox?

The possible side effects include tearing, inability to close the eyelids, and drooping eyelids. In rare cases, you may experience flu-like symptoms.

Will Botox Help with Facial Tremors?

Frequent or rhythmic involuntary muscle contractions characterize tremors. Botox can also be used to treat facial tremors.

Does Insurance Cover Botox Treatment for Eyelid Spasms and Hemifacial Spasms?

Most medical insurance plans will cover Botox treatment for hemifacial spasms and eyelid spasms. That is because they are considered medical conditions rather than cosmetic procedures.

You should always check with your insurance provider before undergoing any Botox treatment to ensure your injections are covered.

What Other Eye Conditions Can Botox Treat?

Crossed eyes, or strabismus, is a condition where your eyes do not look in the same direction simultaneously. It is caused by weak eye muscles that control eye movements. In some cases, Botox can correct strabismus.

Can Botox Help Relieve My Migraines?

Botox can relieve the discomfort caused by migraines, which are severe headaches accompanied by various symptoms, including nausea, light, and sound sensitivity. The FDA-approved treatment dulls the nerve impulses around the neck and head to stop the pain from a migraine before it starts.

The Medical Eye Center team has extensive experience when it comes to treating hemifacial spasms and eyelid spasms. Our knowledge and skills can help you control the symptoms of both conditions.

If you’re bothered by hemifacial spasms or blepharospasms, schedule your appointment at The Medical Eye Center today and find out if Botox could be right for you!

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