Botox, a short name for the process also known as Botulinum Type A, is used as an anti-aging treatment to block the nerve impulses that control the movement of the facial muscles. Botox is widely used today for treatment of nerve disorders, muscular spasms, facial lines, and even migraine (but in this case, higher doses are required). There is no recovery time needed after the procedure, but eyelid drooping is the only significant side effect one may experience in Botox procedure. Botox is administered through injections on the forehead for the removal of wrinkles and creases. Eyelid drooping may appear at one or both eyelids after Botox is injected into the muscles between or above your eyebrows. The drooping side effect will be visible 2 weeks after the injection and can last for months afterwards. Here are other facts to know about Botox and drooping eyelids.
Tip #1: Know more about where the Botox procedure came from.
Botox is an anti-aging treatment made from Botulinum Neurotoxin which is produced by Bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. It works by paralyzing the muscles through blocking the neurotransmitter contraction. And because of the capacity to paralyze muscles, Botulinum toxin is now being used widely to clinically treat neuromuscular disorders such as facial spasms, multiple sclerosis, and even vocal chord dysfunction. As early as the 1980’s, cosmetic procedures using Botulinum neurotoxin A was already used to treat facial spasms. The use of this treatment relaxes areas by interrupting the contraction of the underlying facial muscle which causes a smoothing effect. Until now, it is still the leading cosmetic procedure preferred by men and women who wants to fight the sign of aging.
Tip #2: Establish side effects.
After the Botox has been injected on the forehead, some side effects have been observed. And the most significant is the drooping of the upper eyelids. The drooping of the eyelid will only appear after 3days to 2 weeks after the treatment. And one or both of the eyelids might be affected, and if the droop occurs only at one side it could raise concerns of facial nerve damage. The Botox procedure may worsen your condition if you already have droopy upper eyelids. It is so important to talk and ask from your doctor about the side effects before undergoing this kind of procedure. Sometimes because the side effect is rare, the doctors may not inform you about this anymore.
Tip #3: Know more about how Botox may affect or cause drooping eyelids.
Our body is made of large and small muscles. In the face, we have many small muscles and nerves that control the activity of the eyes, the eyelids, and the movement of the eyebrows. Naturally, one may experience upper eyelid drooping after the Botox injection between the eyebrows or directly above them. In some very rare cases, the Botox procedure has led to a numb sensation as far down the face as the upper lip.
Tip #4: Learn about treatments that may solve the problem of drooping eyelids from Botox.
To stimulate the upper eyelid muscle to contract and counteract the drooping, there are eye drop medicines which you could use. Eye drops such as Alphagan, Iopidine, Ipratropium, and Phenylephrine could be prescribed by doctors. Some who suffered eyelid drooping tried the non-medical approaches like using a daily facial tightening mask, daily steam sauna, or massaging the eyebrow. But no eye drops or any massage can eliminate the side effects. All you need to do is to wait.
If you want to try the Botox treatment to remove your wrinkles, just be sure that the one who will administer the procedure is a licensed doctor and one that is well experienced in this kind of field. That way, you can avoid problems such as drooping eyelids.