Yes, and although many doctors have been using it ‘off the books’ for years the FDA approved botox officially for use on crow’s feet only last September.
Crow’s feet are the fine lines that radiate outwards from the corners of the eyes; they’re even more noticeable when you smile and can look very ageing. Unchecked, these lines actually spread and can reach the tops of the cheeks in a network of little creases. Until last September, botox was only approved to treat the frown lines on the forehead, but the Food and Drug Administration has now sanctioned its use for crow’s feet too.
Crow’s feet are thought to be caused by repeated muscle contractions over a lifetime through facial expressions like frowning, smiling and squinting, so using botox in the area stops the muscle contractions to allow the skin to relax. The new FDA approval came following a study of 833 adults conducted by the drug’s manufacturer, Allergan Inc. of Irvine, California, where participants were randomly assigned to receive a Botox or a placebo injection.
People treated with Botox had greater reductions in crow’s feet, and it can be used in tandem with derma fillers for optimal effect. Dermal fillers literally ‘fill’ deep creases, while botox stops the muscle contractions that cause creases in the first place.
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