Botox Treatment Fort Myers
Elmquist Eye Group is proud to have comprehensive ophthalmologist Dr. Yasaira Rodriguez as part of our team. She is extremely passionate about her profession and patient care. She is an eye surgeon but also specializes in cosmetic procedures like Botox treatment in Fort Myers as well as our Cape Coral location. Patients often ask Dr. Rodriguez about Botox safety, so we have tried to answer some of those questions in this article.
How is Botox used?
Botox products are made from botulinum toxin, but don’t let the words “toxin” or “neurotoxin” scare you. Cosmetically, the injections are made under very controlled conditions by an expert physician. Cosmetic injections contain a very small amount of Botox to achieve the desired result. Cosmetically, Botox is widely used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles on the face and neck. Botox brands like Dysport and Botox Cosmetic should only be administered by a skilled and qualified physician.
Is Botox safe?
Most patients are candidates. We don’t recommend it for pregnant women or women who want to become pregnant. You may not be a candidate if you take certain medications or have certain neurological conditions like myasthenia gravis or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
It is important to seek treatment from only one physician and not go to multiple physicians for Botox treatment. Using the medication in an overprescribed fashion can lead to serious side effects. It is important to tell all your physicians whether you’ve had Botox treatment and when the last treatment was. Dr. Rodriguez will have an extensive conversation with you to discuss your goal for the treatment as well as expectations. She will recommend a specific treatment and frequency of injections. It is very important to have a prescribed treatment plan with set time periods between injections.
Having said all of that, the Botox procedure is safe and most patients are candidates. Some patients experience mild side effects like slight swelling at the injection site, but cold packs and ibuprofen usually alleviate those symptoms. Over time, the liver breaks the Botox down, which is why effects are temporary and injections must be periodically repeated.
Botox has safely been used for nearly 20 years. The FDA approved Botox Cosmetic in 2002; it was the first facial aesthetic drug approved. The treatment passed the FDA’s rigorous testing and safety standards. Dysport was used for many years in Europe before the FDA approved it in 2009. There is quite a bit of safety data behind both products. Both products are successfully used in over 75 countries worldwide today.
The Elmquist Eye Group is pleased to have Dr. Yasaira Rodriguez as part of our practice. She is a kind, caring and committed physician and eye surgeon who not only provides comprehensive ophthalmology care but also cosmetic procedures.
If you have thought about cosmetic procedures but don’t want surgery, Botox may be a good option for you. Come see Dr. Rodriguez at Elmquist Eye Group. She offers Botox treatment in Fort Myers as well as our nearby Cape Coral location. Please visit our website to learn more about these cosmetic procedures, then schedule an appointment online or call our office to schedule.