Though men and women have been using Botox to temporarily reduce the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes for many years now, the FDA is just now stepping up to okay this type of use. They are now listing Botox as an effective treatment for what most of us know as crow’s feet (those little lines that pop up next to our eyes as we age).
The product known as Botox Cosmetic was approved to treat frown lines between the eyebrows back in 2002 though plastic surgeons have been using it to temporarily treat many other parts of the face that wrinkle. Susan Walker, M.D., director of the Division of Dermatology and Dental Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, explains what the new approved use for the drug means to patients and doctors. She is quoted on the FDA website saying, “This additional indication will provide people with a new FDA approved treatment option for those seeking a smoother appearance by temporarily minimizing the appearance of crow’s feet at the sides of the eyes.”
Cosmetic injectables are known to temporarily smooth out skin and give it a more youthful appearance, but some have reported the inability to make facial expressions after trying Botox. It was reported that actress Nicole Kidman vowed to never try the face injections again after they left her temporarily inexpressive. The FDA warns that the most common side effect from using Botox for crow’s feet is swollen eyelids.
What do you think of the FDA’s recent move to approve Botox for the temporary treatment of crow’s feet?
Would you be willing to give Botox Cosmetic a try or are you happy with a more natural look?