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BOTOX Treatment For Blepharospasm

WHAT IS BOTOX TREATMENT FOR BLEPHAROSPASM 

Blepharospasm is a condition that results in uncontrolled narrowing, blinking and even closing of the eyelid. The most effective treatment for it is botulinum toxin injections - a muscle-relaxing substance which can be prescribed for patients 12 years of age and onwards to be administered by a qualified specialist.

How is BOTOX treatment administered for Blepharospasm?

A very slender needle injects the medicine into muscles above and below the affected eye. Spasms start disappearing anywhere from a day to 2 weeks after the treatment while the relief shall last about 3 months approx.

Before Procedure

  • Inform the Doctor about existing medical conditions, including any previous bleeding issues, any upcoming plans to have surgery or pregnancy, previous facial surgery, weak forehead muscles; trouble raising  eyebrows, drooping of eyelids, etc.
  • Inform the Doctor about all  undergoing medicines, dietary supplements including prescription or over-the-counter medicines, etc. 
  • Update the doctor if received any other botulinum toxin product in the previous 4 months or if received an antibiotic by injection, use muscle relaxants, take an allergy or cold medicine, sleep medicine, aspirin or blood thinners, etc.

After Procedure

Following things need to be avoided as a precautionary measures right after BOTOX: 

  • Working out or aggressive physical activity 
  • Lying down on face
  • Drinking and/or smoking
  • Continuing blood thinners without a doctor's knowledge
  • Touching feeling the areas of injection
  • Excessive heat exposure, etc 

WHAT IS THE ALTERNATIVE TO BOTOX? 

In certain cases BOTOX treatment may not be helpful or recommended for reasons such as the patient being allergic to any ingredients in BOTOX or having some skin allergy at the site of injection. In these cases some medications might be prescribed by  the treating ophthalmologist. Surgery is another option when both the injections and medicine do not work in which either the facial muscle that is causing spasms is removed completely or a portion of the nerve is removed to make spasms less severe.

WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS OF PERFORMING BOTOX?

Rare but possible effect of botulinum toxin may affect areas away from the injection site and result in serious symptoms such as loss of strength, all over muscle weakness, double or blurred vision, drooping of the eyelids, change or loss, hoarseness of voice, urinary incontinence, trouble breathing or swallowing, etc. Above symptoms could be temporary or long term effects of the procedure.

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