BOTOX® Cosmetic Treatment
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a neurotoxin that blocks the signals from the brain that cause muscle spasms. It therefore relaxes muscles at the site of the injection. At Cape Fear Eye Associates, we use BOTOX® injections both cosmetically and therapeutically, depending on the nature of the patient’s needs. BOTOX® injections are highly effective, minimally invasive, and virtually pain-free. In addition, they are provided on an outpatient basis and require little or no downtime, making them a convenient way to manage certain eye conditions and achieve substantial cosmetic improvements.
BOTOX® Injections to Treat Blepharospasm
Blepharospasm is an uncontrolled muscle spasm that generally causes twitching of the eyelids. It is sometimes associated with other conditions as well, including dry eye syndrome and Tourette’s syndrome, and can adversely affect vision as well as self-confidence. Small injections of BOTOX® Cosmetic administered to the upper and lower lids of the affected eye typically provide a temporary solution to the problem, with results lasting as long as six months. Additional treatments may be necessary every three to six months, depending on the severity of the condition.
BOTOX® Injections to Treat Strabismus
Strabismus typically begins in childhood and is characterized by a misalignment of the eyes. People afflicted with this condition usually have double or blurred vision caused by overactive or under active eye muscles, which make one of the eyes focus poorly. In adults, the onset of strabismus may be stimulated by diabetes, thyroid disease, or a stroke. When strabismus results from an overactive eye muscle, BOTOX® injections can provide an effective solution. By injecting small amounts of BOTOX® Cosmetic into the affected eye muscle, our doctors are able to stabilize its movements, thereby resolving or improving symptoms. Repeat treatment may be necessary for some patients.
BOTOX® Cosmetic to Treat Facial Wrinkles
For patients seeking to improve their appearance through non-surgical wrinkle reduction, we administer BOTOX® Cosmetic. BOTOX® Cosmetic, approved in 2002, is highly effective at temporarily improving the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines and facial wrinkles, especially those in the forehead and around to the eyes. Using a very fine needle, we inject small amounts of the substance into the facial muscles, thereby relaxing them and relieving the tension that causes wrinkles to form. BOTOX® Cosmetic can have dramatic results, including significant reduction of facial wrinkles and a substantially improved appearance overall. Effects often last from three to six months, after which repeat treatment is usually required to maintain cosmetic improvements. Many of our patients in Fayetteville, North Carolina choose to combine eyelid surgery with BOTOX® Cosmetic to achieve maximum rejuvenation results.