Millions of men and women have realized the many benefits of BOTOX Cosmetic. It can eliminate frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines quickly and without any downtime. Dr. Cockerham is a board-certified and fellowship trained ophthalmologist who has been performing BOTOX treatments since 1990 for cosmetic applications as well as facial spasms, double vision and strokes.
What is BOTOX?
BOTOX is a purified protein that is synthesized from the naturally occurring bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. BOTOX is most commonly used for Cosmetic Artistry. However, Botox is also an effective treatment for a number of medical conditions.
There are seven forms, which are similar but have distinct structures. The most commonly used are Botox, botulinum A (Allergan), Dysport, botulinum A (Medicis). Xeomin, botulinum A (Merz), and Myobloc, botulinum B (Elan).
Issues BOTOX Can Address
The effects of BOTOX are most noticeable in wrinkles that are only present when the muscle contracts:
- Vertical frown lines between the eyebros
- Horizontal lines on the nose
- Horizontal forehead wrinkles
- Laugh lines around eyes that extend down the cheek
- Vertical lines on the upper lip (smokers lip)
- Downturned or droopy lips at the corners of the mouth
Dr. Cockerham will listen to the areas that are concerning you and can perform your BOTOX treatment in approximately 10 minutes. It involves several virtually painless micro-injections into muscles that are causing wrinkles and furrows on the skin. You can expect to see a noticeable improvement within three to five days. Results may vary, but the dramatic improvement from BOTOX treatment can last up to four to six months.
Eye Conditions Addressed with BOTOX
Botox is an effective treatment for many eye conditions. These include:
- Eyelid and Facial Spasms
- Eyelid Retraction (Thyroid Eye disease, Facial Nerve Dysfuction)
- Drooping Eyelids
- Inturning of Eyelids
- Double Vision
BOTOX for Eyelid & Facial Spasms
Botox® is the most commonl medical treatment for eyelid and facial spasms. When used correctly by a trained physician, 96.6% of patients will have a noticeable and sustained improvement after injection of Botox.
A number of patients suffer from spasms of the eyelid and face. These are typically aggravated by voluntary facial movements. They are increased with fatigue and emotional stress, and they are suppressed with sleep, relaxation and hypnosis. It often begins with twitches and increases in frequency and severity over time. Eventually this results in a sustained spasm. Women have eyelid and facial spasms 3-4 times more often than men.
These spasms may be localized to a single muscle (eyelid) or involve multiple muscles of the face. Spasms that affect both sides of the face are typically caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. Rarely the spasm is due to a brain stroke or multiple sclerosis. Spasms located to one side of the face are due to dysfunction of the facial nerve (called hemifacial spasm). In 85-100% of cases, the nerve is compressed by vessels located in the brain.
Possible side effects include inability to close your eyelid, eyelid drooping, tearing, and other less common side effects like a flu syndrome.
How Long Does BOTOX Last?
Depending of the cause of the spasm, the effect of the Botox typically lasts 12-15 weeks. Giving more Botox does not make the effect last longer. Similarly the effect does not get stronger or weaker over years of treatment. Over time the nerves recover and form new nerve endings. It is also possible that there is deactivation of the toxin itself. Multiple injections are more effective than increasing the volume of the injection.Your physician may need to adjust the dose of Botox to best treat your spasms.
BOTOX Side Effects
Bruising is the most common side effect of Botox injection. In order to minimize bruising there are a number of medications that patients should avoid two weeks prior to injection. These include:
- Aspirin, motrin
- Fish oil – Omega 3
- Vitamin C and E
- Garlic tablets
Other less common risks of Botox include numbness, double vision, drooping eyelids, headaches, flu-like symptoms, muscle weakness and death.
Schedule a Consultation
To learn more about how you could benefit from BOTOX, schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Cockerham today. Call: 800-244-9907. Central Valley Eye Medical Group serves Stockton, Manteca, and surrounding areas in California.