7 Things You May Not Know About Botox


Botox is mostly associated with helping cosmetic appearance; but, did you know Botox injections can also ease many eye-related issues? McFarland Eye Care offers both cosmetic and medical Botox injections. Botox has been FDA approved as treatment for more than just erasing fine lines and wrinkles, so here are seven things you may not know about Botox:

1.      Botox is paralyzing your muscles.
Botox works by preventing the treated nerves from telling your muscles to move, paralyzing those muscles temporarily.

2.    Botox is a toxin.
Botox comes from the strain of neurotoxin that causes botulism. However, Botox is safe and has been around and FDA approved for the following treatments for decades.

3.    Botox is FDA approved to treat blepharospasm.
Blepharospasm is involuntary spasms of muscles around your eyes, often causing the eyes to clamp shut and not open without strong effort. Botox can help prevent the muscles around the eyes from spasming due to this condition.

4.    Botox is FDA approved to treat strabismus.
Strabismus is a condition where your eyes don’t track in the same direction, more commonly called crossed eyes. This ailment affects adults and children. Botox can help by injecting the stronger muscle to relax it, allowing for the muscles to pull the eye equally.

5.    Botox is FDA approved to treat chronic migraines.
Although not directly eye related, many who experience chronic migraines experience pain in/near their eyes due to the migraines. Botox has been shown to relieve these headaches in many patients.

6.    Botox is not permanent.
Although very effective for most patients, Botox treatments are not permanent. The amount and frequency of treatments vary depending on the person and severity of their condition, but most patients go three to six months between treatments.

7.    Botox takes a while to kick in.
Patients probably won’t see or feel immediate results to Botox treatments. It may take a few days to kick in possibly up to seven days for the maximum effect.

If you have questions about the cosmetic and medical Botox treatments offered at our clinics, please call us at 501-830-2020 to set up a consultation with Dr. Byron Wilkes, our Board-Certified, Fellowship-Trained Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon. Read more about Botox injections on our website.