If you are concerned about eye wrinkles, you may be considering Botox and wondering if this toxin is worth it. Very few people are fine with having wrinkles. Having a little vanity about your appearance is perfectly normal, and we live in a society that equates beauty with a youthful appearance, which often makes it even more desirable to avoid wrinkles.
Botox is a popular and much used technique to minimize eye wrinkles, as well as to treat other cosmetic problems and various health conditions.
What Is Botox?
Botox is the most toxic substance known in the world today. It was first used in 1980 by a San Francisco ophthalmologist to treat a condition known as strabismus, or cross eyes. It was also used to treat uncontrollable blinking of the eyes.
Its cosmetic uses were not documented until 1989 by a plastic surgeon in California. After the appropriate trials and testing, the FDA approved Botox for the use of temporarily smoothing creases between the eyebrows in 2002.
Since that time, this toxin has had a meteoric rise to fame, being seen by many as a less invasive and safer alternative to cosmetic surgery. The idea that it works by paralyzing your muscles is a misconception.
The whole idea of having these injections is to minimize the amount of movement in a wrinkled area, not cause paralysis so that there is no movement at all. It’s administered by injection beneath the skin.
Typically, the injections are made at four or five places on both sides of your forehead, as well as two or three areas around your eyes. Usually, you will see results within 3-10 days after the Botox injections.
Although you have probably at least heard of Botox, you may be a bit vague about what it is and how it works. The scientific name of Botox is Botulinum Toxin. It is a neurotoxin and protein that is produced by a bacterium called Clostridium Botulinum.
Risks Of Botox
While the effectiveness of treating eye wrinkles with Botox injections is well documented, time tested and proven….what about the risks associated with its use?
The fact is that there are some risks that go along with these injections for wrinkles around your eyes. The risks are relatively minor, but if you are considering having treatments done for eye wrinkles, you should know about them before deciding for or against.
Risks Associated With Botox Injections:
- Pain, Swelling, Bruising
- Flu-like Symptoms
- Drooping Lid or Eyebrow
These risks are minimal, and it is widely believed that cosmetic surgeons who are experienced and skilled at Botox injections are highly unlikely to have patients experience drooping eyelids. In the event that this does occur, it or any other symptoms are normally short lived and resolve themselves quickly.
Due to concerns about the possibility of the Botox toxin travelling to the central nervous system, the FDA has instituted a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy. All products containing Botulinum toxin, including Botox, are monitored using this strategy.
If you have excessively drooping eyelids, you may want to reconsider having these injections for eye wrinkles, just to be on the safe side. Another thing to note is that it is contraindicated for use if you are allergic to eggs, as it contains an egg based albumin. You should not use Botox if you are pregnant.
All in all, Botox seems to have a very low risk factor and is a less costly and less drastic procedure than plastic surgery to diminish the appearance of eye wrinkles.