BOTOX® Cosmetic has become somewhat of a household name in recent years. Nearly everyone is familiar with BOTOX Cosmetic and its ability to minimize frown lines, crow’s feet, and other facial wrinkles. However, some do not realize that BOTOX injections are effective at treating many medical conditions as well.
At Southwest Eye Care and Laser, Dr. Gregory Stainer can administer BOTOX injections to control eyelid twitching, or blepharospasm, for our Bakersfield, CA, patients. BOTOX injections eliminate twitching to alleviate the irritation and discomfort associated with this condition.
What Causes Eyelid Twitching?
Eyelid twitching is a fairly common condition. Most people will develop an eyelid twitch at some point. A basic eyelid twitch may last for just a few minutes, or up to a few days. Eyelid twitching can be caused by a number of factors:
- Dry eyes
- Lack of sleep, or disrupted sleeping pattern
- Excess caffeine
- Eye strain
Blepharospasm is more than a basic eyelid twitch; it is a neurological condition. Individuals who suffer from blepharospasm may develop a twitch that lasts for several weeks. Twitching caused by blepharospasm can affect both eyes, and it may be severe enough to cause the eyelid to squeeze shut for hours at a time. It isn’t known exactly what causes blepharospasm, but most doctors believe that there are environmental and genetic factors that contribute to the condition.
Eyelid twitching that is related to blepharospasm is often a persistent condition that does not resolve on its own. BOTOX injections are one of the most effective treatments for blepharospasm. Fortunately, BOTOX treatment is safe, effective, and minimally invasive, making it an ideal treatment option for most of our Bakersfield patients.
BOTOX treatment addresses eyelid twitching and blepharospasm by targeting the muscles that control the eyelids. Treatment generally takes just a few minutes. During treatment, Dr. Stainer will administer a series of strategically placed injections. As the BOTOX product takes effect, it will weaken the muscles that control the eyelids so that twitching is no longer a concern.
BOTOX may cause minor irritation and is likely to cause the skin around the treatment site to temporarily redden. However, other than that, there are no major side effects. BOTOX also does not require any downtime or significant recovery, so patients are free to go about their day immediately following treatment.
How Long Will Results Last?
Although they are extremely effective, the effects of BOTOX are temporary, so if blepharospasm is a persistent condition for our Bakersfield patients, they will need to undergo routine maintenance treatments. Fortunately, BOTOX can control eyelid twitching for about three months at a time, so individuals with blepharospasm should not need more than a few treatments a year.
If you are experiencing eyelid twitching that has lasted for more than a week, it may be time to consider medical treatment. To learn more about BOTOX for blepharospasm, and whether you are an ideal candidate for treatment, send us a message at your earliest convenience. You can also schedule an appointment with Dr. Gregory Stainer by calling Southwest Eye Care and Laser at (661) 393-2331.