Your ophthalmologist knows eyes better than anyone. More than just your eyes, they have a detailed understanding of the tiny muscles and nerves that surround your eyes. So when it comes to having Botox® injections to get rid of crow's feet and wrinkles between your eyebrows, who can you trust more than your eye specialist?
Rand Rodgers, MD, our experienced ophthalmic plastic surgeon, has spent his professional life studying and treating eyes and the surrounding tissue. He offers Botox injections at his offices in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Great Neck, and New Rochelle, New York. His goal is to help you look and feel your best with safe and effective Botox injections.
Let's review the facts about Botox and why you should trust your eye care professional to administer Botox.
Where do wrinkles come from?
When you squint, frown, or furrow your brow in concentration, your tiny facial muscles contract, pulling your skin into folds. When you were younger and your skin was more elastic, these folds disappeared as quickly as your expression changed.
However, as you age, your body produces collagen and elastin more slowly. Collagen and elastin are the structural proteins that keep your plump and supple. As your skin loses elasticity, it doesn't bounce back as quickly, and the lines and your expression lines become increasingly etched into your skin from repeated use, forming wrinkles.
Fortunately, you don't have to live with wrinkles around your eyes or on your forehead anymore. We can smooth out your skin with careful Botox injections.
What is Botox, and how does it work?
Botox is a serum derived from the botulinum neurotoxin. It temporarily paralyzes the treated muscle. When your muscle stops moving, the skin that covers them relaxes, and your wrinkles and lines fade away.
When the FDA approved Botox in 2002 and it burst onto the cosmetic scene that same year, it changed the lives of millions of people. However, ophthalmologists knew about its uses at least 30 years earlier. In the early 1970s, eye doctors used Botox to correct strabismus, which is the clinical term for crossed eyes. The FDA approved Botox to treat strabismus in 1989.
Since then, we've used Botox for any number of medical problems, including:
- Hemifacial spasm
- Apraxia eyelid opening
- Tremors and tics
- Facial nerve synkinesis
- Eyelid retraction
When ophthalmologists used Botox to treat this condition, they also noticed that their patients’ wrinkles disappeared.
When the FDA approved Botox to address fine lines and wrinkles on your forehead and around your eyes, eye experts had already accumulated decades of experience with the product, making them ideal administrators for its cosmetic applications.
Dr. Rogers took this experience a step further and completed additional training in plastic surgery to better understand Botox's cosmetic uses and learn to address facial signs of aging with other treatments. As a result, Dr. Rogers and our team are industry leaders who successfully administer Botox, medically and cosmetically.
Botox continues to hold the top spot for noninvasive cosmetic procedures — over 7 million people having Botox injections in 2018 — for good reason. It delivers the best bang for your cosmetic buck.
You can see the effects of Botox within three to seven days. Your treatment only takes a few minutes, and you can even have your injections on your lunch hour. Botox is nonsurgical, and you don't need downtime to recover. Your skin remains smooth and youthful for up to four months, at which point you have a touch-up appointment to maintain your results.
If you're interested in Botox, but only trust a professional to deliver safe and effective treatments, give us a call, or schedule an appointment online today.