Is it safe to get botox near my eyes?

Thinking about getting botox?  Each year millions of people in the US get botox injections to reduce the appearance of dynamic wrinkles, and this includes wrinkles close to the eyes.  But botox is made from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which is the bacteria that causes botulism, so you may be wondering if it’s safe to get botox near your eyes.

Is it safe to get botox near my eyes?

Botox is approved by the FDA for treating crow’s feet, which are the fine wrinkles seen at the corner of the eyes, so it is safe for use near the eyes

Also, before botox started being used as a cosmetic treatment to address wrinkles, it was used around the eyes by ophthalmologists to treat medical conditions such as lazy eye and eye twitching. 

Side-effects such as pain and swelling at the injection site, as well as droopy eyelids, can occur after botox.  Therefore, in order to ensure safety, patients considering botox treatment should only consult with a trained, experienced medical provider.  When botox is injected properly, using the right technique and correct dosage, side-effects are usually minimal.

How botox works

Botox is a quick, simple treatment that takes 10-15 minutes to complete.  When botox is injected it blocks the nerve signals to the muscles, and this prevents the muscles from contracting like they usually do.  As the facial muscles relax, the overlying wrinkles soften.  

Botox is a temporary treatment, so the results typically last 3-4 months.

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