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How Does Botox Fix Crow’s Feet?

Botox Cosmetic is a trade name for a group of medications that are injected into muscles throughout the body to paralyze them.  Botox was first used as a medical tool over 40 years ago to treat lazy eyes.  After its successful use in treating these eye conditions, it is now used in many medical fields including orthopedics, ophthalmology, ENT, neurology, dermatology, and plastic surgery.

Crow’s feet are the fine lines at the corner of the eyes that deepen during squinting or smiling.  All wrinkles on the face are caused by different mechanisms.  Crow’s feet are created by the muscles contracting and pleating the skin near the eye.  Medically, this is referred to as a dynamic rhytid, which can eventually create a permanent line if not treated.

How can Botox help crow’s feet?

A tiny amount of Botox can be used to paralyze the muscles causing the pleating in skin that creates crow’s feet.  It will not effect the normal function of the eye.  It can very rarely cause the eye to droop, which would only be temporary.  In patients with deep crow’s feet, Botox can help soften these lines or even make them disappear.  In patients that are just developing these wrinkles, Botox can be used to erase the lines and prevent their future formation.

Are there any other products that may help crow’s feet in Charlotte?

Dysport and Xeomen are other brands of botulinum toxin, Botox.  They are used in a similar manner and will have the same results.

What are the risks of Botox to crow’s feet?

  1. Bruising
  2. Swelling
  3. Drooping lid–very rare
  4. Headache

The effects of the Botox will appear 3-7 days after the injection and typically lasts for 3 months.   At that time, I would recommend a repeat injection to keep up the smooth eye appearance.

Jonathan Kulbersh, MD, offers Botox Cosmetic in Charlotte, at his office on Fairview Road near Southpark Mall.

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