Dr. Marcia V. Byrd, Medical Director and co-founder of Byrd Aesthetic & Anti-Aging Center, is a provider of advanced anti-aging and aesthetic procedures in Atlanta and Roswell, GA. Patients in need of minimally invasive treatment for crow’s feet around the eyes now have some fabulous news. The FDA has recently given approval to Botox for cosmetic treatment of crow’s feet. If the treatment is administered in recommended doses, the FDA says it can provide temporary effective results to reduce crow’s feet.
Botox has remained one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments around the world to treat frown lines between the brows. Now a qualified cosmetic surgeon or a certified Botox provider in Atlanta and Roswell, GA, or other parts of the country can offer this treatment for reduction or removal of crow’s feet. Botox is produced from botulinum toxin, and its muscle relaxant properties allow it to make eyes appear free of wrinkles, and more youthful and rested.
Botulinum neurotoxin, from which Botox is made, is a powerful biological substance that was discovered over a hundred years ago. The FDA approved Botox several years ago for cosmetic treatment of frown lines as well as medical treatment of conditions such as heavy underarm sweating, chronic migraine, and eyelid spasms. Now the FDA has also approved it for cosmetic treatment of crow’s feet or lateral canthal lines that are caused due to repetitive contraction of eye muscles.
Botox causes minimal or no pain and discomfort in most cases. A single treatment session may last for anywhere between 15 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on the extent of treatment needed. There is not any downtime involved, and no risk of side effects as long as the treatment is provided by an expert Botox provider or a cosmetic surgeon. These advantages of Botox have made it an anti-aging treatment of choice for millions of people around the world.
Crow’s Feet Treatment Approval
The FDA has stated that Botox is a temporary but effective treatment to reduce wrinkles and fine lines that form near aging eyes, which are commonly known as crow’s feet. The approval from FDA for crow’s feet came only after the drug’s manufacturer, Allergan, Inc. of Irvine, CA, was able to show the successful results of Botox in a scientific study conducted on 833 adults.
A placebo injection of Botox was given to randomly chosen participants in the study. The people who received this treatment showed a significant reduction in crow’s feet compared to the group that did not receive treatment. Effectiveness of Botox can sustain for anywhere between three and six months.
Botox from an Expert Provider
While Botox has achieved approval from the FDA for cosmetic treatment of crow’s feet, the Botox labels include a warning from the FDA, which cautions against the possibility of the toxin spreading to healthy areas of the body from the injection site, and causing symptoms akin to botulism. The FDA warning, however, also makes it clear that there has never been a confirmed serious case of such an adverse event taking place when Botox is used in prescribed doses.
This warning makes it quite evident that Botox treatment should be received from a qualified cosmetic surgeon or another certified Botox expert in Atlanta, Roswell, GA and other places in the United States. Safety must be the top priority when choosing a provider for an anti-aging treatment such as Botox. Patients should also be aware that the FDA approval has come only for Botox, and not for other similar treatments such as Dysport from Medicis and Xeomin from Merz Aesthetics.
What are Crow’s Feet?
The fine lines around the corners of the eyes that radiate outwards of frown lines are commonly referred to as crow’s feet. When a person smiles, a number of muscles in the area get activated. The active muscle contracts beneath the skin, and this causes a crease or fold on the skin. The more frequently a person smiles, the more frequently the creases or folds appear on the skin. These creases or folds become deeper and more permanent as the skin loses elasticity with age.
Botox treatment can be used effectively to minimize the visibility of crow’s feet. The drug is injected directly into the overactive muscle that needs to be relaxed. The drug immediately causes a blocking of neural passage between the muscle and nerve. This sends the muscle into a state of temporary paralysis. Once the muscle is paralyzed, it will not contract even when the person is smiling. Therefore, the skin remains smooth and crow’s feet is reduced or disappears completely.
Source of News: FDA Press Release