... "frontalis sling" to help keep my eyes open. Will this affect my future Botox injections? I have had blepharospasm for five years and find that I am becoming immune to the Botox, hence the need for some extra help. Would appreciate a reply.
I am a blepharospasm patient. From what I understand, the frontalis sling is the least invasive of the blepharospasm surgeries, and is similar to using tape to hold one's eyes open (except the frontalis sling obviously is internal.) It shouldn't affect your ability to get Botox injections. If you are getting poor results with Botox but aren't actually immune to it, the F.S. may improve your results.
Immunity to Botox is rare these days, especially with the lower dosages used in blepharospasm as compared to cervical dystonia. The doctor can inject a small amount into a forehead wrinkle as a test; if the wrinkle becomes smooth, you are not immune. If you are indeed immune to Botox, the F.S. won't change that, but your doctor could try using a different brand of botulimun toxin, such as Myobloc, Dysport, or Xeomin.
Have you visited the Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation at blepharospasm.org? They have a lot of great information, and if you scroll down the home page, there is a link to a very active online forum where you can "communicate with other blefros." They'd love to hear from you.
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