Botox Specialist

Southern Eye Institute

Board-Certified Ophthalmologists & Board Certified Optometrist located in Houma, LA & Thibodaux, LA

Botox® is one of the most popular aesthetic treatments in the United States, having won acclaim for its wrinkle-reducing properties. But did you know it also has FDA approval to treat a range of medical conditions, including eyelid spasms and crossed eyes? The team at Southern Eye Institute offers Botox at offices in Houma, Louisiana. Make an appointment with the board-certified ophthalmologists over the phone or book online today.

Botox Q & A

What is Botox?

Botox comes from botulinum toxin. Although poisonous in large amounts, botulinum toxin has incredible muscle-relaxing properties when used in tiny doses. 

While more known for wrinkle reduction, Botox has a long history of treating medical conditions like eyelid spasms and crossed eyes.

How does Botox work?

Botox blocks the signal from your nerves that causes your muscles to contract, effectively paralyzing the muscle. This function makes it highly effective at improving aesthetic appearance and treating muscular and neurological conditions, including:

Wrinkles

Muscle contraction in the forehead and eye area causes wrinkles. Botox paralyzes the muscles in these areas, preventing them from contracting as forcefully.

Eye twitching (blepharospasm)

Botox weakens the muscles that control the eyelids, which helps to reduce spasms or stop them altogether.

Crossed eyes

Botox temporarily weakens the medial rectus muscle — the muscle that pulls the eye inward. This allows the eye to center and the lateral rectus muscle (outward pulling muscle) to gain strength. For many people, the effects of this treatment are permanent.

Spastic entropion

Spastic entropion is a condition that causes the eyelid to turn inwards, so the skin and eyelashes rub against the eyeball. A series of Botox injections can help turn the eyelid back into its correct position.

Botox has FDA approval to treat all these conditions, making it a safe and well-researched alternative to other medications. 

What happens during Botox treatments?

Southern Eye Institute recommends you discuss with your provider beforehand what you hope to achieve from your Botox treatment. 

A Botox procedure typically takes 10-25 minutes. The actual duration varies depending on the extent of the area that needs treating and how much Botox is required to deliver the correct degree of muscle paralysis. 

Your provider injects Botox using tiny needles. The injections are slightly uncomfortable but typically painless.

What is the recovery process following a Botox procedure?

After getting Botox injections, you shouldn’t rub or put pressure on the treated area for 4-6 hours. If possible, don't lay down for at least eight hours. 

You should avoid any physical activity that causes you to sweat because wiping it off can move the Botox out of place.

Your provider at Southern Eye Institute runs through all you need to know about your procedure beforehand, so you're prepared for that day. 

Book your Botox appointment at Southern Eye Institute today. Call the practice or book online.