Botox, also known as a wrinkle relaxer, has been officially approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating crow's feet (wrinkles around the eyes). Like other areas of the face, the effects of the Botox injection for crow's feet will last approximately 3 to 6 months, although results vary by individual. As a reminder, Botox is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles. It works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe lines to form. At Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, only our physicians --- Dr. Russell Kridel or Dr. Angela Sturm --- inject our patients (not a nurse or aesthetician). This is important because they are facial plastic surgeons with significant training in the anatomy of the head and neck area. Dr. Kridel was one of the first facial plastic surgeons in Houston to treat aesthetic patients with Botox and is considered an expert on injectables of all types. The news of FDA approval for crow's feet, will undoubtedly add even greater popularity to Botox treatment, which is already considered the most popular minimally invasive physician administered aesthetic procedure for both women and men. There has been an increase each year in men coming in for Botox injections to address the moderate to severe glabellar lines between their eyebrows and will now add crow's feet to their requests.
To read coverage of the FDA announcement on CBSnews.com
--- Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston