For patients seeking a way to diminish the look of crow’s feet around the eyes, there is now a new treatment option available. Recently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Botox Cosmetic to temporarily reduce the appearance of lateral canthal lines, more commonly referred to as crow’s feet.
In 2002, Botox Cosmetic was approved by the FDA to temporarily treat glabellar lines, or frown lines, between the eyebrows. Botox helps to keep the muscles in the face from tightening, which makes fine lines and wrinkles less prominent.
What is Botox?
Botox is a highly diluted protein toxin that is injected into facial expression muscles using a fine needle. The procedure typically takes around fifteen minutes using either topical anesthesia or no anesthesia. Results generally last around three to five months before another treatment is necessary. After multiple treatments, the results can last even longer, usually about six to eight months.
Advantages of Botox
As an alternative to surgery, Botox is considered a very safe way to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet and other cosmetic skin issues. Usually, the most serious side effects that have been observed include eyelid drooping and double vision. These complications usually correct themselves in a few weeks. Bruising may also occur, but does not last long.
After the Procedure
After treatment using Botox Cosmetic, it is recommended that you follow these simple recovery tips for optimal results.
- Try to remain upright for at least four hours
- Refrain from exercise for 24 hours
- Apply ice to the area that was treated for two hours
- Avoid rubbing the treated area(s) for at least 48 hours
Learn About Your Options at Boulder Plastic Surgery
If you have been thinking about taking steps to reduce the look of crow’s feet or other fine lines and wrinkles, be sure to schedule a consultation at Boulder Plastic Surgery online or by calling (303) 578-4193. Our highly skilled doctors are certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and would be happy to discuss your treatment options or any concerns that you may have. We look forward to speaking with you soon!