Botox is renowned for its cosmetic benefits, smoothing wrinkles in the forehead, brows and outer corners of the eyes. Most people don’t realize this neurotoxin was first approved for treating crossed eyes (strabismus). Botox was FDA-approved for misaligned eyes and eyelid spasms (blepharospasm) in 1989 and continues to be an effective treatment for these conditions and other medical conditions along with anti-aging benefits.
Our eye doctors at Boston Eye Physicians & Surgeons have an intricate understanding of the eye area and the range of uses for Botox. We offer Botox treatments for cosmetic purposes, and our ophthalmologists are the ideal medical professionals to administer this injectable because of their unique training and knowledge of the upper face and underlying structures.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox is a neurotoxin made with botulinum toxin type A. The substance affects motor neurons in the injected area to limit muscle activity and stop the release of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. When injected into the forehead, brow or outer eye areas, Botox works to limit muscle movements that cause the skin’s surface to crease or wrinkle. These skin changes are called dynamic wrinkles because they are caused by repeated facial expressions and worsen as you get older. The skin starts to smoothen in the days following a Botox treatment as the muscle relaxes, and the results last three to four months.
This neuromodulator is FDA-approved to treat horizontal forehead lines, vertical creases between the eyebrows called “11s” and “crow’s feet” found at the outer edges of the eyes.
Ophthalmologists Understand Botox More than Other Medical Professionals
With Botox getting its start in ophthalmologic uses for crossed eyes (strabismus) and uncontrollable blinking (blepharospasm), eye doctors understand this compound more than other medical professionals. Ophthalmologists work with the upper facial structures more often than other healthcare providers and have a unique understanding of the musculoskeletal system around the eyes. Our eye doctors know precisely how much Botox to inject to reach your desired results without compromising your safety or making the area appear overly done. The goal is to smoothen lines and wrinkles for a younger look that preserves natural facial movements.