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Botox Injections Jacksonville

Treatment for Blepharospasm and Fine Lines or Wrinkles

botox injections JacksonvilleWhat it is:
Botulinum Toxin Type A is a protein produced by Clostridium botulinum. Although its uses have been known since the turn of the century, it wasn’t until 1980 that the toxin was found to be a valuable tool in helping ophthalmologic disorders. Botox has been used effectively in our office for over two decades.

How it works:
Botox blocks nerve impulses. It binds to the nerve ending and stops the release of muscle activating chemical neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are the messengers from the brain that tell a muscle to contract. When the message is blocked, the muscle doesn’t contract, preventing muscle spasm. Botox takes full effect within one to two weeks of use. The nerve endings will grow new connections at the muscle sites when not exposed to the Botox. Treatment must be repeated and individualized.

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How Safe is it:
Botox has been recognized by the American Academy of Neurology, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the National Institutes of Health as a safe treatment for blepharospasm from dystonia. For over ten years, thousands of patients testify to the benefits of this product. Botox is an effective and safe ongoing treatment for the relief of symptoms related to blepharospasm. It is important to understand that it is NOT a cure. The degree of relief will also vary from person to person. Sedentary patients should resume their activities slowly following treatment with Botox.

Like all therapies, some patients may experience side effects. The side effects most frequently noted are: ptosis (drooping eyelid, 11%), Irritation around the area injected, tearing, dry eye, lagophthalmos (opening of the eyelid, 10%), or photophobia (light sensitivity, 10%). Less than 1% have experienced ectropion/entropion (outward or inward turning of the eyelid), keratitis (cornea inflammation), or diplopia (double vision). Meanwhile, Botox is generally well accepted by most patients. Find out more about botox injections Jacksonville!