Have you been noticing unusual spasms and twitching along with frequent blinking on either both sides or one side of your face? This condition, known as blepharospasm, begins with minor symptoms, but can become much more severe over the course of time if it is left untreated. If you’re currently experiencing involuntary facial spasms that occur spontaneously and with repetition, then it’s important that you seek treatment before the issue intensifies.

What is Blepharospasm?

Blepharospasm is a medical condition signified by involuntary twitching of the muscles that control your facial expressions. It can affect either side of the face and in some cases, both sides become affected. Many people who suffer from blepharospasm often experience spasms in the eyes that cause them to wink and visible facial tics.

These spasms can adversely affect different aspects of your life. Social interactions, whether they are personal or professional, can become extremely problematic and anxiety inducing for those dealing with this issue. If left untreated, your quality of life may degrade over time and lead to psychological problems like depression.

What are the Symptoms of Blepharospasm?

Before treating blepharospasm, it’s important that you understand the symptoms to look out for. Most people develop the condition without any significant signs or warnings. If you are afflicted with the condition, you may begin to notice an increase in blinking or eye irritation. Some people even experience sensitivity to bright lights and facial fatigue.

In time, these symptoms will intensify,and eventually lead to forceful facial spasms in the eyelids. Advanced cases have been known to render patients unable to open their eyes. This can significantly affect a person’s ability to perform activities necessary to live their lives on a daily basis.

Treating Blepharospasm with Botox

While there is no true cure for blepharospasm, there are ways that it can be managed. One of the most effective treatment options is Botox. This popular cosmetic injectable has a wide range of uses outside of simply being used to eliminate wrinkles and fine lines.

Botox has the ability to neutralize the signals being sent to the facial muscles that causes them to spasm. It is composed of botulinum toxin, a substance that paralyzes the specifically targeted muscles in the face. It’s a safe and effective treatment option that has helped many patients find relief from the effects of blepharospasm.

Are you a Candidate for Blepharospasm Treatment?

Before undergoing treatment for Blepharospasm, you will first need to schedule a consultation with the Michigan Oculofacial Specialists. We’ll assess the current state of facial muscles and talk to you about your medical history to make sure that you’re a good fit for the procedure. If you are in good health and no prior history of allergic reactions to substances like Botox, then you’d make a good candidate for the treatment.

How Much Does Blepharospasm Treatment Cost?

Similarly to how Botox treatments are priced, blepharospasm treatments vary in cost from person to person. After analyzing your facial muscles, we’ll develop a plan of action to address your specific needs. This includes how much botox is necessary to reach your goal. Once the preparations are made, we’ll discuss the cost of the treatment.

Contact Our Office

At Michigan Oculofacial Specialists, our first priority is to provide you with excellent care and results that you can leave happy with. If you’re interested in learning more about blepharospasm treatment, contact our office to schedule your consultation today.

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