Dr. Bradley Hubbard, an experienced plastic surgeon in Dallas, provides aesthetic and reconstructive surgery procedures at his state of the art surgical facility. Patients in Dallas and surrounding communities, who wish to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet under their eyes, can now receive Botox treatment. This non-surgical, injectable treatment has been officially approved by the FDA recently for specific treatment of crow’s feet.
While cosmetic surgery in Dallas with Dr. Hubbard is ideal for patients looking for long term results, but for those who are not keen on surgery, may consider Botox treatment. The results with Botox may last for about three to six months. The treatment can be repeated for continued enhancement of appearance.
Botox contains botulinum toxin, which is one of the most potent biological substances known to man. This toxin is used in extremely diluted forms to treat facial fine lines and wrinkles. FDA has now approved Botox for the treatment of crow’s feet or fine lines around the corners of the eyes. With this treatment, the eyes will appear more rested, refreshed and youthful.
Botulinum toxin works on the principle of blocking the communication between the muscle and nerve. When this chemical is injected, using fine needles, into a targeted muscle that has become overactive and causing a wrinkle, it allows the muscle to relax for a temporary period of time. When the muscle goes into a relaxed or paralyzed state, the wrinkle diminishes or fades away completely.
Non-surgical Option for Patients
Crow’s feet and other facial wrinkles can be treated effectively for the long term with plastic surgery in Dallas or other places. However, patients who are unwilling or unable to undergo a surgery would have to bear the appearance of crow’s feet under their eyes. Crow’s feet, which are technically known as lateral canthal lines, are usually caused due to repeated contraction of the muscles around the eyes over a prolonged period. Any repeated facial expression may lead to permanent wrinkles over time.
Now with FDA approval, it has become possible for those people who wish to avoid surgery to reduce crow’s feet with Botox. Botox has already been approved for various eye conditions such as eyelid twitching or blepharospasm. But it is only now that the FDA has approved Botox for cosmetic reduction of crow’s feet.
Approval from the FDA
The FDA has officially stated that Botox is an effective but temporary treatment to reduce fine lines or wrinkles that tend to form near aging eyes, which are popularly known as crow’s feet. Botox was already approved for cosmetic reduction of wrinkles on the forehead, which are called frown lines. Botox was also FDA approved for treatment of medical conditions such as migraines, underarm sweating, and eyelid spasms. Now cosmetic reduction of crow’s feet has been added to the list of approved usages.
To achieve FDA’s approval, Allergan, Inc. of Irvine, CA, the manufacturer of Botox, had conducted a study involving 833 adults. The study assigned randomly chosen participants to receive a Botox injection. Significant reduction in crow’s feet was noticeable in the group that received Botox, in comparison to the other group. While the treatment has now received FDA approval, but Dr. Hubbard, who is a qualified cosmetic surgeon in Dallas, advises patients to have realistic expectations and remember that the results will last for about three to six months.
What are Crow’s Feet?
The fine lines that emanate outwards from the far outside corner of the eyes are commonly referred to as crow’s feet. These lines become more pronounced when a person is smiling. Smiling action makes many muscles in the facial area active. When the muscles contract beneath the skin, it causes a natural fold on the skin. When this action is repeated frequently over a period of many years, it can cause a permanent wrinkle to appear in that area. The wrinkles become deeper with age because the skin elasticity reduces.
Botox has proven effectiveness in treating crow’s feet. During the procedure, the chemical is injected directly into the targeted muscle that is causing the wrinkle. The toxin works quickly to block the neural connection between the muscle and nerve. Once the communication with the nerve is inhibited, the muscle loses its contraction and becomes loose. Skin becomes smoother due to reduction of wrinkle, and when a person smiles, the contraction of that particular muscle does not occur. This allows for the reduction of crow’s feet to a visible and significant extent.
Botox treatment must be performed only by a qualified doctor or certified Botox expert to ensure patient safety. It is critically important to administer the treatment in prescribed doses.
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Source of News: FDA Press Release