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09-14-13 | Posted by

The U.S. FDA has finally approved BOTOX® Cosmeticâ„¢ to improve the appearance of crow’s feet lines. To date, BOTOX is the only approved drug for crow’s feet, called “lateral canthal lines” in doc speak.

Crow’s feet are a common complaint and can show up as one of the early signs of aging skin—even in your 20s, if you squint, frown, or cry a lot, and don’t wear sunglasses to protect your eyelid area from UV rays. Crow’s feet are caused by muscle contractions, which is why they are considered dynamic wrinkles. BOTOX Cosmetic works by preventing muscles from tightening so wrinkles are softer and less noticeable.

In 2002, the FDA approved BOTOX Cosmetic for the temporary improvement of glabellar lines (wrinkles between the eyebrows, called frown lines) in adults. You can have your frown line and crow’s feet treated at the same time—plus a whole lot more. The most common adverse reaction associated with the use of BOTOX Cosmetic for crow’s feet is swollen eyelids, which resolves quickly.

The ultimate multipurpose off label, beauty therapy uses for BOTOX Cosmetic include lifting droopy nasal tips and sagging breasts, correcting gummy smiles, relaxing the neck muscle bands, smoothing upper lip lines and decollete creases, lifting the corners of the mouth, raising droopy brows, and it can even help with acne by relaxing sebaceous glands.

According to New York City Facial Plastic Surgeon Steven Pearlman, Past President of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS.org), “BOTOX is now used for more than just treating wrinkles. For example, the face can be “sculpted” by raising or lowering eyebrows to enhance your look. It can also be used to raise your eyebrows to create a more pleasing shape and even mimic a browlift without surgery. BOTOX is an excellent complementary procedure to overall facial rejuvenation. It can be used alone or in combination with facial fillers and skincare from home treatments to laser resurfacing.”

“The FDA has also approved BOTOX for certain medical conditions including the treatment of chronic migraine and severe underarm sweating, ” states Philadelphia dermatologist, Dr. Ringpfeil. Other conditions include blepharospasm (eyelid spasm), strabismus (misalignment of the eyes when one or both eyes turn inward or outward), and for treating overactive bladder.

To find a doctor near you offering BOTOX, visit botoxcosmetic.com

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