Why see an ophthalmologist for BOTOX® injections?
Many people do not realize that ophthalmologists are the most experienced in administering BOTOX® injections. In fact, they have been using the treatment for over 20 years to improve various eye conditions, such as eyelid spasms and eye muscle disorders. When injected into eye muscles, the treatment reduces movement and can help align eyes. BOTOX® injections have also proven to reduce the excessive blinking characterized by eyelid spasms. Over the years, patients who have received the injectable for medical reasons have also noticed their wrinkles becoming smoother, which is what led to BOTOX® Cosmetic for treating signs of facial aging.
The cosmetic injectable is designed to relax facial muscles and prevent the repetitive muscle movement that leads to “dynamic wrinkles.” Since our ophthalmologists in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and our other locations are experienced with the complexity of muscles surrounding the eyes, this makes them an authority in administering BOTOX® injections.
*Individual Results May Vary
In recent years, several aesthetic techniques new to the market have been specifically designed to alleviate or sometimes even remove wrinkles in the skin. As medicine continues to advance in this area, so do the options available for those who would like to change their overall appearance. Cosmetic injectable companies have made huge strides in educating the public as new products and procedures become available. Fewer people are asking, “What are BOTOX® injections?” However, since some people might not understand the particulars of this treatment option, we offer you a very thorough overview of BOTOX® Cosmetic and its benefits.
What are BOTOX® injections?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is the trademark name for Botulinum Toxin Type A. BOTOX® Cosmetic has become THE most popular non-surgical injection because it temporarily reduces or completely eliminates the appearance of frown lines, forehead creases, crow’s feet near the eyes and thick bands in the neck. BOTOX® Cosmetic actually blocks nerve impulses, and this action temporarily paralyzes the muscles that cause wrinkles. BOTOX® Cosmetic provides an added benefit in that after the injection, the skin is smoother, providing a more refreshed appearance.
Now that I have decided to have BOTOX® Cosmetic, what is the next step?
Now that you know exactly what a BOTOX® injection is and have decided to learn more, it’s time to take the next step and find out if this treatment is right for you. The best way to do this is to contact a cosmetic surgeon immediately for a full consultation. You may be able to locate and acquire BOTOX® by other means, but we recommend working with an experienced medical professional for several reasons. First, a good cosmetic surgeon will go much further than simply offering you BOTOX® Cosmetic or any other cosmetic injectable without first obtaining the necessary medical information from you. For example, a cosmetic surgeon will thoroughly examine you to make sure that any risks or adverse reactions are minimized.
This examination will include an analysis of your medical history, identification of any allergies you may have and a determination if BOTOX® Cosmetic is the correct option for you. Will BOTOX® injections achieve your desired results? Is BOTOX® Cosmetic correctly suited to your goals? Regardless of how you proceed, and whether BOTOX® Cosmetic is the selected option, your facial cosmetic surgeon will help you identify the treatment best designed for you. Taking charge of your own life and enjoying the self-image you want and deserve are smart ideas. A consultation with our cosmetic eye surgeon Dr. Thomas Joly will open your eyes to all the possibilities. All you have to do is contact us at (800) 679-1541 to begin the exciting quest for your new appearance.
BOTOX® Injections Possibilities
To make an informed, educated decision as you consider the possibilities that BOTOX® injections can bring to your overall look, you must carefully evaluate each and every step of the process. So many patients are flocking to their doctors for BOTOX® injections that a barrage of information has been released to the public. We have identified the most frequently asked questions about BOTOX® Cosmetic and have answered these to assist you in making your decision based on clinical research and data.
BOTOX® Cosmetic Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Am I a good candidate for BOTOX® injections?
A. There are a several conditions that indicate an ideal candidate for BOTOX® injections. The primary conditions are the presence of wrinkles, frown lines or crow’s feet since BOTOX® Cosmetic helps reduce and may even remove these conditions. Excellent results have been achieved with the patient whose facial structure is hyperkinetic, meaning that parts of your face move too much, often indicating an injury.
Q. What is the evaluation process for BOTOX® injections?
A. Our cosmetic surgeon will perform a detailed evaluation of your personal goals. For example, if your goal is to remove wrinkles or frown lines, your doctor will make sure you will not encounter undue risks or complications based on allergies or an underlying medical condition. If BOTOX® injections are being selected due to a hyperkinetic facial area, your doctor will need to examine the status of the underlying injury.
Q. Does my insurance company offset the costs of BOTOX® injection therapy?
A. Currently, there are no concrete answers to this question. In most cases, if you select BOTOX® Cosmetic to reduce wrinkles or other features, chances are your insurance will not cover these injections. Most insurance companies would consider this to be an elective procedure. However, if you need BOTOX® injections to help you with a hyperkinetic problem, many insurance companies view this as a functional procedure and will cover the costs for you. Whatever your unique reason for considering BOTOX® injections, you should consult with a cosmetic surgeon and obtain his or her recommendation. Dr. Joly and his staff are well-versed in insurance requirements regarding BOTOX® injections and can advise you appropriately.
Although general guidelines and information have been provided in this website, your best source of information regarding every stage of this treatment is your cosmetic surgeon. Dr. Joly will gladly meet with you to assist in your decision regarding BOTOX® injections and other treatments and procedures he feels may be appropriate for you.
Q. What can I expect during the actual BOTOX® injections treatment?
A. BOTOX® injections are not surgical. There should never be a need for incisions to be made on the patient. In terms of the injection procedure, a small-gauge needle is used to inject the medicine directly into treatment area. For example, if you are having BOTOX® injected into your crow’s feet areas, the material will be injected directly into the muscles surrounding the outer eye near the affected area.
Q. Are there variations to the BOTOX® injection method?
A. The BOTOX® injection is a very straightforward procedure, and there are really no variations to the procedure. BOTOX® injections are not harmful to the patient; the procedure is fast, simple and relatively pain-free so there has been no significant need to develop variations to the standard, time-tested process of providing the injection.
Q. What are some of the risks associated with BOTOX® injections?
A. BOTOX® injections are extremely safe when performed by a cosmetic surgeon. There are rare instances of complications arising from exceeding the recommended dosage in a single treatment area. For example, if too much BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected near the eyes, the patient could suffer from a droopy eyelid. You can be assured that you are in safe hands with our professional staff. Rarely have any complications from BOTOX® injections been documented or discussed. It is reasonable to assume that this accounts for the overwhelming success and popularity of this procedure today.
Q. How will I look and feel immediately following my BOTOX® injections?
Generally speaking, you will feel just fine after your BOTOX® injections. In rare cases, some patients experience minor discomfort, bruising and/or swelling at the injection site. Some patients experience a mild headache or flu-like symptoms a day or two after the injection. If this discomfort persists, your doctor may give you medication for pain management, but you should not expect a great deal of pain or discomfort after your injections are complete.
Q. When can I resume my normal activities?
A. BOTOX® injections are not considered invasive, nor is this procedure one that would typically require any downtime. You should be able to return to your routine as soon as the procedure is complete. You should refrain from intense physical activity or bending over for a few hours after the injections to prevent the BOTOX® injections from moving to a different part of your body.
Q. How long can I expect my BOTOX® injections to lasts?
A. BOTOX® injections results will vary. The factors that determine their lasting effects include the part of the body injected and the type of activities in which you regularly participate. Generally, BOTOX® injections should last at least three to four months, but if you are someone who is out in the sun for extended periods or if you participate in other activities that tend to damage the skin, the longevity of the treatment may be shortened. Regardless, BOTOX® Cosmetic is not a lifelong solution, but rather a treatment that provides instant results and can repeated as needed.
Contact Virginia Eye Consultants
Your next step is to contact Dr. Joly, come in for a consultation and learn about BOTOX® injections and the many other cosmetic treatments and procedures offered to help you look your absolute best at all times! Contact us today to set up your appointment.
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