Are you ready to treat those annoying facial wrinkles? Botox cosmetic is a popular choice for those seeking to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. However, when getting injectable treatments like botox, it’s important to ensure that your eyes are protected during treatment. So is it safe to get botox near your eyes.
What is botox?
Botox, or botulinum toxin type A, is a neurotoxin derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It is FDA cleared for treating dynamic wrinkles, i.e. frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines. Dynamic wrinkles develop as a consequence of repetitive muscle movement when making expressions such as squinting, frowning, and smiling.
Is it safe to get botox near my eyes?
Botox is FDA approved for the treatment of crow’s feet, which are the fine lines at the corner of the eyes. In addition, botox is sometimes used ‘off label,’ to reduce wrinkles beneath the eyes.
Before botox gained approval for treating dynamic wrinkles, it was being injected around and under the eyes by ophthalmologists to address medical conditions such as lazy eye, dry eyes, and eyelid twitching.
Botox is injected into the facial muscles to prevent the nerve signals from reaching the muscles. Although it is safe to get botox near the eyes, there are potential risks, so patients need to be aware of the possible side effects, such as blurred vision, droopy eyelids, and dry eyes (learn more).
In order to minimize risks and guarantee safety, patients should have botox administered by a qualified medical professional, preferably a board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist.
Would you like to learn more about botox injectable treatment? Contact board certified facial plastic surgeon Mark Karolak M.D. in Wall Township, NJ, for a consultation.
You can reach Dr. Karolak at www.drkarolak.com or by calling (732) 627-4822.