Twitchy Eyelids? Consider Botox

Do you often feel like your eyelids are twitching involuntarily? This can make you feel self-conscious as you worry about others looking at your twitching eyelids. The twitching can also make it difficult or impossible to apply and wear eye makeup. Generally, this condition, which is known as blepharospasm, is harmless, but that doesn't mean you just have to ignore it. Many patients actually benefit from having Botox injections to reduce or prevent the spasms. Here's a closer look at the use of Botox for blepharospasm. 

How can Botox stop your eyelid from twitching?

To understand how Botox stops eyelid twitching, first you need to understand what causes eyelid twitching. The twitch results from muscle spasms, which are triggered by over-activity of nerves in this area. Botox works by essentially binding to the nerve endings associated with the surrounding muscles. In doing so, it prevents these nerve endings from triggering muscle contractions that lead to twitching.

What are the benefits of using Botox to stop eyelid twitching?

Not only do you alleviate the annoyance of having your eye constantly twitch, but you also help prevent common side effects of blepharospasm. The condition can lead to dry eyes, sensitivity to light, and eye irritation. Once you treat the spasms with Botox, however, these side effects soon dissipate.

How does Botox treatment take place?

Having Botox shots for blepharospasm is quite simple. Your practitioner will use a tiny needle to inject a small amount of Botox into the area surrounding your eyelid. Usually, you'll get an injection or two in the outside corner of your eyes, and perhaps one below or above your eye. Your practitioner can observe your spasms and where they are occurring, and then they can decide where to place the injections based on these observations. You will feel a little pinching followed by a warming sensation as you're given each shot.

How long does Botox last?

This varies by patient. The shots can remain effective for anywhere from two to six months. Some patients only ever need one round of Botox, and then their blepharospasm goes away permanently. Others need repeated treatments. As soon as your eye starts twitching again, you'll know it's time for another round of shots.

Botox injections rarely cause side effects, are relatively painless, and are really effective for managing eyelid twitching. You'll be a little sore for a day or two afterwards, but after that, you'll reap all the benefits.