Oculoplastics ~ Cosmetic Enhancement
Originally approved by the FDA for the treatment of facial spasms and eye muscle disorders, BOTOX® injections are commonly administered to treat frown lines and wrinkles around the eyes. A form of botulinum toxin, BOTOX® Cosmetic relaxes the muscles that cause wrinkles.
Although many people benefit from BOTOX® therapy, individuals who have eyelid ptosis (drooping eyelids), neuromuscular disorders, cervical dystonia, certain skin disorders (especially thick facial skin), and deep facial scars may not be suitable candidates. Also, women who are pregnant or nursing may be advised to postpone BOTOX® injections.
A board-certified ophthalmologist with advanced training in oculoplastic procedures and an acute knowledge of facial anatomy is often a good person to administer BOTOX® Cosmetic injections. Treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic involves injecting a small amount of the product into specific muscles that cause lines and wrinkles to form. As the muscles relax, wrinkles and lines fade away. After treatment, it may take several days for the effect to become fully noticeable. Patients may desire to repeat the procedure after three to six months. Although uncommon, side effects may include nausea, headache, bruising, and redness. Rarer still are allergic reactions and facial pain. Because the effect of BOTOX® Cosmetic is not permanent, however, side effects typically disappear over time.
When administered by a board-certified medical professional, Restylane® injections can rejuvenate the skin for a more youthful appearance. Composed of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the human body, Restylane® is a safe and effective treatment for lines and wrinkles, including crow's feet and smile lines. Restylane® is also used to add volume to facial contours and to give the lips a fuller appearance. Because the hyaluronic acid in Restylane® is derived from a non-animal source, allergic reactions are rare.
Long-lasting results can be achieved with Restylane® injections since hyaluronic acid is a hydrophilic ("water-loving") substance. This means that it attracts water to the skin, making the skin appear more plump and youthful. Even as they degrade, the molecules of hyaluronic acid continue to bind themselves to water molecules.
Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery
As part of the normal aging process, excess upper eyelid skin can develop, as well as lower lid "bags". These can result in an unnaturally tired or fatigued appearance. Surgery to address these issues can restore a more youthful and rejuvenated look. Our oculoplastic surgeon will provide a personalized surgical consultation, with a focus on achieving the most natural results. Often, surgery can be combined with non surgical treatments such as Botox and Restylane for optimal outcomes.