Botox is a temporary method of improving the appearance of facial wrinkles, including crow’s feet, forehead lines, and other fine lines. It works by using a small amount of a substance called botulinum toxin to block the signals from the nerves to the muscles, allowing them to relax and helping wrinkles look better.

Botox is usually best for patients if:

  • They are in good health
  • They have realistic expectations about what Botox can achieve
  • They are at least 18 years old
  • They are not currently pregnant or nursing

If you like how Botox makes you look, you should receive injections every three to four months to maintain your improved appearance. The beauty of Botox performed by Dr. Garland is that the effects are subtle, allowing you to look natural without anyone needing to know you had it.

Botox for Hemifacial Spasms

Although Botox is usually used for cosmetic reasons, at Eye Center of North Florida, Dr. Garland will use it to treat hemifacial spasms in qualified patients. Hemifacial spasms occur when involuntary muscle contractions, often twitching, are on one side of the face.

Only some hemifacial spasms respond to Botox treatment, including those caused by nerve irritation or compression. It may not be as effective for hemifacial spasms due to other things like Parkinson’s disease or dystonia.

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