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Botox Receives FDA Approval for Crow’s Feet Treatment

by Dr. Daniel Lin

botox injectionShine Cosmetic Surgery is a leading practice for face, breast, and body cosmetic surgery, serving patients in West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia and nearby areas. The practice is headed by Dr. Daniel Lin, who is an experienced, board certified facial plastic surgeon. Patients in the region who are keen to reduce crow’s feet under the eyes to improve their facial cosmetic appearance now have some terrific and sparkling news. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Botox treatment for crow’s feet.

Botox is one of the most popular non-surgical anti-aging treatments in the world. It is based on botulinum neurotoxin, which is a powerful biological agent discovered nearly a hundred years ago. The toxin is injected in an extremely diluted form, directly into the facial muscles that are causing wrinkles or fine lines. The targeted muscle goes into a temporary state of paralysis, and the wrinkle formation disappears or reduces considerably.

Approval from FDA

Botox has already been approved by the FDA for several years for cosmetic treatment of frown lines between brows and on the forehead. It is also approved for treating medical conditions such as eyelid twitching or blepharospam, and even for conditions such as underarm perspiration and migraines. However, now Botox has received FDA approval for cosmetic treatment of lateral canthal lines, which are popularly known as crow’s feet.

These lines are typically caused due to frequent contraction of eye muscles over a prolonged time period. Now a facial plastic surgeon or another certified Botox provider in West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, or elsewhere can use Botox to smooth these fine lines, and make the eyes appear rejuvenated.

Test Results of Botox

Botox is manufactured by Allergan, Inc., an Irvine, CA based company in the United States. Allergan conducted a scientific study involving 833 adults to demonstrate the positive effects of Botox in the treatment of crow’s feet. A group of participants in the study was chosen at random to receive a placebo injectable treatment of Botox.

The chosen test group that was treated with Botox revealed a significant reduction in the appearance of crow’s feet under the eyes, in comparison to the other group. The results of this study were instrumental in achieving FDA approval for Botox for crow’s feet treatment.

Crow’s Feet

The fine lines around the eyes that stretch outwards of frown lines from the outer corners of the eyes are called crow’s feet. These lines appear more conspicuous in most cases when a person is smiling. The smiling action activates the muscles in that area, and as the muscles contract under the skin, it tends to cause the skin to develop folds. Each time a person smiles, the skin folds occur. This causes permanent lines over a long period of time. These lines often become deeper with age as the elasticity of the skin reduces.

Botox works on the principle of blocking the neurotransmission between the muscles and the nervous system. When Botox is injected into the identified muscle that has shrunk to cause a wrinkle, it works instantly to block the neural pathway to the nerve. As a result, the muscular contraction becomes inhibited, and the muscle remains in a relaxed state even when the person smiles. This causes the crow’s feet to reduce or disappear for a temporary period of time.

Precautions with Botox

Care is necessary not just in the case of face or body cosmetic surgery, but equally so for non-surgical treatments such as Botox. Botox treatments can be received from a qualified facial plastic surgeon or a certified Botox provider in West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, or other places. It is absolutely critical to receive Botox treatment in the prescribed dosage only. Botox labels include a stern warning from the FDA, which says that the toxin’s effects may spread to other areas of the body from the site of treatment, and cause botulism symptoms.

However, the warning also says that when Botox is used in recommended doses, it has never been known to cause the symptoms of botulism. In other words, the key to safety with Botox treatment lies with the person who is administering the treatment. As of now, Botox is the only treatment to have received FDA approval for crow’s feet, while other competing labels such as Dysport and Xeomin do not have the approval. The effects of Botox treatment usually lasts between three and six months. It is important to a patient to have realistic expectations from the procedure in order to achieve a satisfactory outcome.

Source of News: FDA Press Release


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