09.25.13 Marcia Scorpio Cosmetic

FDA Approves Botox for Crow’s Feet

Botox was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat crow's feet or wrinkles around the corners of the eyes.

When injected directly into a muscle in approved doses, Botox temporarily relaxes the muscle, which, in turn softens wrinkles. The FDA first approved Botox in 2002 for temporary improvement of frown lines -- wrinkles between the eyebrows, also known as glabellar lines.

Crow's feet, known scientifically as lateral canthal lines, are thought to be caused by repeated muscle contractions over a lifetime, WebMD reports. Facial expressions like frowning, smiling and squinting may leave fine lines over time.

At Capitol Vein & Laser Centers, we tell patients not to overdo Botox injections. Moderation is the key to avoiding a “frozen” look. Botox is delivered by units, so we can individualize treatments according to each patient’s needs. Actress Jenny McCarthy agrees with this method and readily admits to Botox use, but adds: “I do it here and there. I use very little, so my face still moves,” she told In Touch magazine.

We offer Botox and other aesthetic services in our offices located in Leesburg, VA; Charles Town, WV; Bethesda, MD; and Frederick, MD. Please contact us with questions about med-spa or other services.

Click here to read the full press release from the FDA.

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