Botox® injections are used to treat facial wrinkles, restoring a more youthful, rested appearance. We develop two types of wrinkles on our faces:
For years Botox® has been used as a nonsurgical treatment for uncontrollable facial spasms and disorders of the eye (such as misaligned eyes). Now it is used as a safe and effective way to reduce facial wrinkles without surgery. This blocking effect on the nerves usually lasts an average of three to six months, at which time the muscle regains movement and wrinkles reappear. Repeat injections of Botox may be given after the effects wear off.
Botox treatments take only a few minutes and are given during a typical office visit. You should be able to return to your normal activities immediately.
You should inform your doctor of your medical history and all medications, vitamins and/or herbal supplements you are currently taking before having Botox treatments.
Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is used to correct “puffy bags” below the eyes and drooping upper lids that make the patient look older and tired or that interferes with vision. Eyelid surgery will not remove wrinkles around the eyes, or eliminate dark circles under the eyes.
Medical conditions that make blepharoplasty more risky are:
- thyroid problems such as hypothyroidism and Graves’ disease
- dry eyes or lack of sufficient tears
- high blood pressure or other circulatory disorders
- heart disease or disorders of the blood vessels
- retinal detachment
The incisions are made in the natural creases or folds of the eyelids. Loose skin and extra fat tissue is removed. The eyelid muscles are tightened and the incision is stitched (sutured) closed.
The patient can usually leave the hospital the day of surgery. The eyes and eyelids may be covered with ointment and a bandage. They may feel tight and sore as the anesthesia wears off, though the discomfort is easily controlled with pain medication.
The patient should keep the head elevated for several days and use cold packs to reduce swelling and bruising. Eyedrops may be recommended to reduce burning or itching of the eyes. The patient should be able to see well after two to three days.