Want something truly fantastic to crow about? The FDA recently approved Botox for the treatment of crow’s feet wrinkles – those pesky, crepey lines that form around our eyes. Now, one of the safest facial rejuvenating procedures has just broadened its “approved” applications, though hundreds of dermatologists and plastic surgeons have been performing this off-label procedure since Botox was launched back in 2002.
The FDA based its decision on two clinical studies conducted on more than 800 patients treated with Botox versus a placebo. Individuals who were given Botox injections near their crow’s feet reported a substantial reduction in lateral canthal lines around their eyes. The most common side effect was mild eyelid swelling near the injection site – a condition that typically resolves within a few hours following the treatment.
For those who aren’t familiar with cosmetic Botox, the product contains a purified form of the botulinum toxin, which when injected in just the right amount, helps muscles relax and resist contracting. The results are incredible and almost immediate, as deep furrows are smoothed out, smile lines vanish and crow’s feet virtually disappear. While it takes nearly a week to witness the full effects, most patients notice changes within 48 hours of treatment.
Men and women who already enjoy the benefits of Botox NYC can expand their anti-aging arsenal to address those annoying crow’s feet wrinkles and stop the clock, for a few months anyways. Botox works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles, but its effects gradually wear off over several months. Patients generally need repeat injections every 4 to 5 months for maintenance.
While you may see specials on Botox injections at medi or day spas and dermatologist offices, make sure that the person administering the injection is highly qualified with plenty of experience. The best – and most natural looking – results depend largely on the attention and skill of your surgeon. While originally approved for the treatment of deep frown lines between the eyebrows, Botox is also used to erase fine horizontal lines on the forehead, crow’s feet and also lines below the chin and neck.
Before beginning your Botox journey, always discuss your problem areas and desired look with your surgeon, as slight variations in the injection sites can yield different results. Some patients crave a dramatically arched eyebrow, while others may want a more subtle effect. Either way, always choose a plastic surgeon or doctor who is an attentive listener and offers glowing patient references.
Dr. Thomas Loeb tailors his Botox injections for each individual patient, taking into consideration your desired outcome, which muscles you use most, and any asymmetries in your face. He understands the difference between good Botox and great Botox, and has the passion to get it right the first time, giving patients beautiful, natural results. If you are ready to turn back the clock a good five to ten years, consider Botox NYC for a more refreshed look.
To schedule a private consultation, please call Dr. Loeb’s Fifth Avenue office at 212-327-3700.
FDA – News Release: FDA approves Botox Cosmetic to improve the appearance of crow’s feet lines, http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm367662.htm
CBS News – Botox now FDA-approved for treating crow’s feet, http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57602509/botox-now-fda-approved-for-treating-crows-feet/
USA Today – New wrinkle: Botox approved to treat crow’s feet, http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/11/botox-crows-feet-wrinkle/2800425/
WebMD – FDA Approves Botox for Crow’s Feet, http://www.webmd.com/beauty/treatments/20130911/fda-approves-botox-for-crows-feet