What is Botox® Cosmetic?

July 28th, 2016 by Carolina Eye Associates

Botox® Cosmetic is an FDA-approved nonsurgical, physician-administered treatment that can temporarily smooth facial wrinkles and furrows. It is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium, which reduces the activity of the muscles that cause lines to form over time.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Botox® Cosmetic is the most popular physician administered aesthetic procedure in the U.S.

Botox was developed by an eye doctor in 1973 with the purpose of controlling muscle spasms for uncontrolled blinking. It is only natural that ophthalmologists use it today for other treatment methods.

Before the procedure you’ll be seated in a reclining chair. Your doctor will numb the area with an anesthetic cream and will make the injections. The entire procedure takes about 10 minutes and there is no recovery time needed. Within days, you should see a marked improvement in the moderate to severe lines. Lines continue to improve for up to a month, and results can last for up to three to four months.

The most common side effects following injection include temporary eyelid droop and nausea. Localized discomfort, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/ bruising may be associated with the injection. Patients with certain neuromuscular disorders such as ALS, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome may be at risk for more serious side effects.

If you’re pleased with the results of Botox Cosmetic, you’ll probably want to get on a treatment schedule. You can receive injections every three to four months to help you maintain the results. If you discontinue treatment, the lines will gradually reappear.

For more information call Carolina Eye at (910) 295-1501 or toll-free at (800) 733-9355.

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