The ophthalmologists at Doctors for Visual Freedom love administering BOTOX® because of its ease and success with so many patients. Results are seen almost immediately, and our patients love the way they look and feel. Our patients often come back to us and tell us how our careful treatment has changed and improved their lives in the best way possible. BOTOX® allows the doctor to be artistic when it comes to where treatment is administered, and our doctors with extensive knowledge of the human body, facial structure, and function are consistently better qualified than some mid-level providers who offer the same services.
What is BOTOX?
BOTOX® should not be administered if there is a local infection or with anyone known to be allergic to any of the components. Make sure that Dr. Golden knows about previous BOTOX® treatments. BOTOX® may be contraindicated for patients with neuromuscular disorders.
BOTOX® tends to last longer the more that it is used. If you wait until the wrinkles completely return, the effect is generally the same, but if you schedule treatments on a regular basis, the length of time that you will likely have an increased interval between treatments as times goes on. Most will have treatments every three months the first year, then three times a year after that. Many find that twice a year gives them the appearance that they enjoy.
BOTOX® injections are the best known of a group of medications that use various forms of botulinum toxin to temporarily paralyze muscle activity. This toxin is produced by the microbe that causes botulism, a type of food poisoning.
Noted primarily for the ability to reduce the appearance of some facial wrinkles, BOTOX® injections are also used to treat such problems as repetitive neck spasms (cervical dystonia), excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), overactive bladder and some causes of crossed eyes. BOTOX® injections may also help prevent chronic migraines in some people.
While BOTOX® was the first drug to utilize botulinum toxin, newer products include Dysport, Myobloc and Xeomin. Each product is a little different, particularly when it comes to dosage units, so they aren't interchangeable.
Botulinum toxin injections block certain chemical signals from nerves, mostly signals that cause muscles to contract. The most common use of these injections is to temporarily relax the facial muscles that underlie and cause wrinkles, such as:
- Frown lines between the eyebrows
- Crow's-feet, the lines that fan out from the corners of the eyes
- Forehead furrows, the horizontal lines that form when you raise your eyebrows
In addition to these cosmetic procedures, which simply improve your appearance, botulinum toxin injections have also been used to treat conditions that affect how your body functions. Examples include:
- Cervical dystonia. In this painful condition, your neck muscles contract involuntarily causing your head to twist or turn into an uncomfortable position.
- Lazy eye. The most common cause of lazy eye is an imbalance in the muscles responsible for positioning the eye. This can result in crossed eyes.
- Muscle contractures. Some neurological conditions, such as cerebral palsy, can cause your limbs to pull in toward your center. In some cases, these contracted muscles can be relaxed with botulinum toxin injections.
- Hyperhidrosis. In this condition, excessive sweating occurs even when the temperature isn't hot and you're not exercising. In some people, the sweat literally drips off their hands.
- Chronic migraine. If you experience migraines more than 15 days a month, botulinum toxin injections may help reduce headache frequency.
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