BOTOX® is used for cosmetic purposes and in medical doses to treat blepharospasm.
Why have my BOTOX® procedure at The Eye Care Institute?
BOTOX® was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1989 to treat blepharospasm (eyelid twitching). As such, it was only distributed to qualified ophthalmologists. So, we at The Eye Care Institute, have over 15 years of experience with BOTOX® usage. A few years ago, the FDA approved BOTOX® for cosmetic use. At that time, plastic surgeons, dermatologists and many other physicians gained access to BOTOX®. So, while others have been using BOTOX® for a few years, the doctors at The Eye Care Institute are approaching two decades of being experienced at BOTOX® treatment.
What is the difference between BOTOX® and BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® and BOTOX® Cosmetic are the exact same medication but with different names depending on usage. Very low doses of BOTOX® Cosmetic are administered via a few tiny injections directly into the overactive muscles that cause lines and wrinkles to form. BOTOX® Cosmetic is used by many medical specialists, including our doctors at The Eye Care Institute, as a non-surgical alternative to plastic surgery treatment. BOTOX® is used in its original form, in larger doses that BOTOX® Cosmetic, by ophthalmologists to treat blepharospasm.
How does BOTOX® Cosmetic work?
BOTOX® Cosmetic works by weakening muscles. The effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic are usually confined to the injected area; it does not travel through the body. One treatment relaxes the muscles that cause the lines or wrinkles to form and keeps them relaxed for up to 4 months.
What are the results of BOTOX® Cosmetic?
The results are apparent within days. Unlike surgery, BOTOX® Cosmetic is fast, simple and minimally invasive, with no downtime or recovery. Most people return directly to work or normal activity following treatment. Within days, they report looking more natural and relaxed. You will not look “like you’ve had work done.” You can still frown, smile or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases.
Am I a good candidate for BOTOX® Cosmetic?
Any woman or man who is concerned about the appearance of their frown lines can consider BOTOX® Cosmetic. People between the ages of 18 and 65 are good candidates. After the patient reaches the age of 65, the use of BOTOX® Cosmetic should be carefully considered by the physician before proceeding.
What can I expect during the BOTOX® Cosmetic procedure?
The doctor will determine exactly where to administer several tiny injections to achieve the best results. The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes. Discomfort is minimal and brief; most patients compare the sensation to a bug bite.
Will my lines or wrinkles look worse if I don’t follow up for treatment every 3 to 4 months?
No. The lines or wrinkles will gradually revert to their pre-treatment appearance.
How much does BOTOX® cost?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is never covered by insurance since it is an elective, cosmetic procedure. The Eye Care Institute charges the following prices: Forehead $450, Brow $210, Eyelids $210 per eye.
BOTOX® for blepharospasm is considered medical treatment and is almost always covered by health insurance. Of course, your deductible and co-payment, if any, will apply.