Dr. Auerbach also offers Botox treatments. In 1989, Botox was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help people with a blinking disorder called benign essential blepharospasm. At this time, Botox was used primarily by ophthalmologists and neuro-ophthalmologists to help these patients. Prior to this medication, patients with these conditions had very few options for treatment, and none worked very well. Botox became sort of a "miracle cure," allowing their eyelids to function normally again. It wasn't until April 2002 that Botox Cosmetic gained FDA approval for treatment of glabellar lines -- the wrinkles between the eyebrows. Since then, Botox Cosmetic injections have become the most popular cosmetic treatment for both men and women.
How Does Botox Work?
Frown lines are caused by overactive facial muscles. As people age, their skin becomes less elastic. Repeated frowning during daily life eventually causes these deep lines between the brows. When the muscles of the forehead contract, they pull the overlying skin which causes a wrinkle. Botox Cosmetic is a purified protein that blocks the chemical that causes the facial muscles to contract, thereby relaxing them and smoothing out the lines.
The reason for the popularity of Botox treatments is not only their effectiveness but also the low occurrence of side effects, the non-surgical nature of the procedure and finally, its affordability. A few tiny injections are made into the muscles which are contracting to form the wrinkle. The procedure is quick and minimally invasive, taking about 10 minutes with no downtime afterward. Anesthesia is not required; although your doctor may numb the area being treated with an ice pack or anesthetic cream before administering the injection. Discomfort is minimal and brief. Most patients compare the sensation to a bug bite.
Results are generally seen within four days and can last up to six months but usually last about three. In a clinical study, 89 percent of patients judged the severity of their frown lines to be much improved 30 days after injection.
If you have an oculoplastic concern or would like to learn more about treatments available to you at Eye Physicians of Central Florida, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Auerbach.