Botox® was first approved in 1989 to treat two eye muscle disorders--uncontrollable blinking (blepharospasm) and misaligned eyes (strabismus). At Weil Eye Care Medical Center, in San Carlos, California, Leslie Weil, MD, a board-certified ophthalmologist, offers Botox and fillers to address muscle spasms as well as aesthetic concerns. Call Weil Eye Care Medical Center or schedule a consultation online today for expert eye care and injectable cosmetic treatments.
Botox is an injectable medication that temporarily blocks nerve signals. At Weil Eye Care Medical Center, Dr. Weil offers Botox for both medical and aesthetic purposes.
For example, if you have uncontrollable spasms in the muscles that control your eyelids, a Botox injection can disrupt the nerve signal causing the spasm and relieving issues like eyelid twitch and hemifacial spasm. Botox can also relieve chronic headaches and migraines for some individuals.
Botox injections also block the nerve signals to the tiny facial muscles that pull your skin into folds when you smile or frown.
As those muscles relax, the skin covering them also loosens, which diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes, between your eyebrows, and on your forehead.
Dermal fillers are another type of injectable cosmetic treatment. Usually made of hyaluronic acid or other gels that mimic chemicals in your body, dermal fillers help diminish lines and wrinkles in the face and restore areas where you’ve lost volume, such as your lips and cheeks.
The FDA-approved Botox in 1989 to treat blepharospasm (eyelid twitch). Blepharospasm can cause such uncontrolled closure of the eyes making it very difficult to function at times.
Botox injections disrupt the irregular nerve signals to the muscles that control your eyelid movement. As these muscles relax, it aids in and improves your visual function. A persistent eyelid twitch can interfere with your vision and make everyday activities like driving, reading, and watching television difficult. Botox injections can stop the spasm causing your eyelid twitch and alleviate your symptoms.
Botox treatments usually take around 20 minutes, depending on how many injections you need. Dr. Weil begins with a close examination of your eyes and face and identifies the best locations for your injections for medical or aesthetic treatments. Then, she cleans your face, and using a small, sterile needle, injects the Botox serum into your facial muscles.
Dermal filler treatments might take a little longer, as Dr. Weil stops frequently to assess your progress and massage your fillers into place.
The effects of Botox and dermal fillers are temporary. You can have regular injections to maintain your results, whether your goal is cosmetic or medical.
Call Weil Eye Care Medical Center or make an appointment online today to learn more about how Botox and dermal fillers can help you see clearly and look your best.