Administered through shots, injections of Botox are now used to alleviate wrinkles. However local plastic surgeon, Dr. Lee Thornton says many don't realize that the drug which temporarily paralyzes muscles, can be used for much more than cosmetics. Often he says it's used to treat muscle spasms in the face, this includes excessive blinking of the eyes, or even some migraine headaches.
"It is a time limited treatment," says Dr. Thornton. It does not work permanently. It last about 4 to 6 months. The average being probably about 4 to 5 months."
Despite some negative press in recent months, Dr. Thornton says Botox is one of the safest treatments on the market. In fact, he says some of the side affects include the development of a bruise where the shot was given; something, which he says, can happen with any shot. Also he says if the injection is given in the wrong muscle such as one near the eye, Dr. Thornton says this can lead to a drooping eyelid. However, don't fret this won't last forever. After all, the treatment is not permanent.
The cost of the treatment can range from several hundred to several thousand dollars. Although the treatment must be repeated every few months, Dr. Thornton says because the Botox procedure is minimally invasive and given its results, for many patients the cost is worth it.
"It really is a wonderful treatment for a lot of the thing that in the past we had to perform larger surgeries to accomplish the same results," says Thornton.