At Eye Doctors of Washington’s Facial Rejuvenation Center, Botox® Cosmetic is used to treat crow’s feet, frown lines, and the furrows between your eyebrows. After a simple 20-minute treatment session, you can expect to see your fine lines and wrinkles diminish by about 80 percent within a few days, and you can expect the effects to last for up to six months.
BOTOX® Cosmetic was originally approved for the treatment of eye spasms and the correction of double vision during the 1980s. As a remarkable side benefit of BOTOX®, many patients noticed that the wrinkles around their eyes were diminished and began asking for further treatments specifically to achieve this wrinkle-reducing effect. In this age of quick, minimally-invasive aesthetic treatments, Eye Doctors of Washington has embraced this cosmetic revolution by safely and effectively offering non-surgical facial fillers such as BOTOX®, Radiesse and Juvederm in addition to our vision correction treatments.
What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic, manufactured by Allergan, Inc., is a purified protein derived from botulinum bacterium type A. When injected directly into overactive facial muscles, BOTOX® Cosmetic temporarily blocks the transmission of nerve impulses to relax the facial muscles, thereby reducing or eliminating the appearance of wrinkles.
Why go to an Ophthalmologist for a BOTOX® Treatment?
BOTOX® was originally introduced to the world by ophthalmologists as a treatment for uncontrollable facial and eyelid spasms, as well as for eye muscle dysfunctions such as crossed eyes (strabismus). More than any other medical specialty, eye surgeons are specifically trained to perform surgery on the delicate tissues surrounding the eye, which is exactly where BOTOX® treatment is given. At Eye Doctors of Washington, Dr. Mary Catherine Fischer is an oculo-plastic surgeon who is an expert in both functional and cosmetic eyelid surgery. Her superb knowledge of the fragile skin and muscles surrounding the eyes gives her the ability to administer your BOTOX® treatment with great precision, allowing for maximum impact.
BOTOX® treatment, offered at EDOW, serving Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia, is safe and effective. After making yourself comfortable in our relaxing Facial Rejuvenation Center, the BOTOX® procedure itself takes only about 10 minutes. During treatment, Dr. Fischer will inject a small amount of BOTOX® Cosmetic into your overactive facial muscles that are causing wrinkles. You will begin to see the results of smoother, younger-looking skin within three or four days. The effect of the treatment lasts four to six months. At that time, treatment will need to be repeated to maintain results.
Who Can Have BOTOX®?
Candidates for BOTOX® treatment at our Washington, DC, area practice must be between the ages of 18 and 65. BOTOX® treatment should not be administered to individuals that are pregnant, have an infection, or are allergic to BOTOX® Cosmetic. Patients with neurological disorders should also refrain from BOTOX® treatment as they may suffer increased side effects.
Before and After Treatment
Dr. Fischer recommends that patients avoid taking aspirin or using Vitamin E and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication a week before BOTOX® treatment, as these medications may increase bruising.
Patients should avoid massaging the treated area after BOTOX® treatment, as BOTOX® Cosmetic can spread into unwanted areas. However, patients can help work BOTOX® Cosmetic into the muscles by exercising those muscles around the eyes for about 90 minutes following treatment.
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Possible side effects of BOTOX® treatment include headache, flu like symptoms, temporary eyelid droop, respiratory infection, and nausea. Dr. Fischer will thoroughly review your medical history before administering the BOTOX® treatment in order to minimize any possible side effects.
At Eye Doctors of Washington, our physicians are committed to providing the best possible care for our patients. To find out if you can benefit from BOTOX® treatment for wrinkle reduction, contact our Washington, DC, or Chevy Chase office, serving Northern Virginia, Bethesda, Maryland, and surrounding areas.