Botox

KLM Eye MDs

Ophthalmologists located in Midwood, Brooklyn, NY

For almost 20 years, Botox® has been a go-to in cosmetic circles to combat the appearance of wrinkles around your eyes and on your forehead. If you go back another dozen years, however, you’d find that Botox was initially introduced to treat eye muscle disorders. At KLM Eye MDs, Dr. Elena Geller and her team administer Botox for both cosmetic and medical reasons. To learn more about both applications of Botox, call their Brooklyn, New York office or book an appointment online today.

Botox Q & A

KLM Eye MDs

What is Botox?

Botox contains botulinum toxin type A, which temporarily paralyzes the muscles around your eyes and forehead. Dr. Geller injects Botox directly into the muscles that require treatment, and it acts locally to prevent the muscle from contracting. The effects of Botox last several months and can lessen wrinkles around your eyes and forehead.

What muscle disorders does Botox treat?

Dr. Geller uses Botox to treat facial muscle disorders, including:

Blepharospasm

This condition causes your eyes to blink uncontrollably. Blepharospasm can arise on its own, or it can be a result of dry eye or eye irritation.

Hemifacial spasm

This condition causes one side of your face to spasm involuntarily. Hemifacial spasm is caused by an overactive facial nerve, which is controlled by your brainstem. A certain workup is initially required to look for an underlying cause of this disorder, but Botox can temporarily prevent the muscles from spasming and contorting your face.

How does Botox work against wrinkles?

By injecting Botox to paralyze the muscles that contract to form lines temporarily, Dr. Geller can reduce the appearance of the following types of wrinkles:

  • Crow’s feet
  • Forehead lines
  • Frown lines between your brows

The Botox effects last up to four months, at which point you’ll need to revisit Dr. Geller for follow-up treatment.

Which other cosmetic injectables are offered?

While Botox does a great job tackling the lines and wrinkles on the upper half of your face, the lower half of your face often requires dermal filler injections to provide some facial rejuvenation.  

As you age, the fat in your face begins to disappear, leaving hollowed and sagging skin behind. To combat this, Dr. Geller uses dermal fillers to add volume in different areas of your lower face.

If you want to explore Botox or dermal fillers, call KLM Eye MDs to learn more. You can also schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.