Botox Cosmetic® is an injectible cosmetic procedure designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the face. This treatment had formerly been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for lines in the forehead called glabellar lines, or frown lines. However, on September 11, 2013, the FDA approved this procedure for use in treating lateral canthal lines around the eyes, most commonly referred to as “crow’s feet.”
What Do Botox Cosmetic® Injection Treatments Do?
This procedure uses a botulinum neurotoxin to temporarily paralyze muscles in the face to prevent the skin from squeezing together to form wrinkles. Although this toxin had been most commonly known to cause a severe type of food poisoning called botulism, in small specifically placed doses, this organism can remain localized to produce skin smoothing effects. In Dr. Jewell’s experience the ease and quickness of a Botox Cosmetic injection is a wonderful adjunct to facial procedures such as face and eye lifts.
Does Treatment Need FDA Approval?
Dr. Jewell and other cosmetic surgeons have already been using injectibles in off label uses to treat crow’s feet and other areas where clients could benefit from the line smoothing effects. Performing a treatment off label means that the FDA has not yet approved a product for a certain use, but does not mean that it is unsafe. With the FDA approval, physicians can promote injections in areas like the crow’s feet.
What Does FDA Approval Mean for this Treatment?
Although this new approval will not likely change the way cosmetic surgeons use these injections, it can help alleviate some patient fears over the potential safety and effectiveness issues. Botox is the only injectible of its type to receive FDA approval for use in the treatment of crow’s feet. Recent studies by the manufacturer have proven this treatment to be safe and effective for the temporary treatment of these lines commonly seen as an indication of aging and too much sun exposure.
Potential Side Effects of Botox for Crow’s Feet
As with any cosmetic procedure there are potential side effects, and treatment with injectibles is no different. The most common side effect experienced when receiving injections near the eye area is swelling or bruising of the eyelid. It is very rare to have symptoms but they may include drooping of the eyelid, excessive tearing, double vision, dry eyes, and inflammation of the cornea. Dr. Jewell will be happy to go over any questions and concerns you may have before your treatment.