Botox® has been an FDA-approved treatment for wrinkles and fine lines around the face and forehead since 2002. Recently the FDA has approved Botox® for treating canthal lines, or crow’s feet, the wrinkles that form at the corners of the eyes. For those seeking a smoother appearance, Botox® can minimize their appearance for three to six months.

Botox® for Canthal Lines (Crow’s Feet)

How Does Botox® Work?

Botox® is injected with a fine needle into specific muscles just under the skin and does not require anesthesia, resulting in only minor discomfort, not pain. In general, you may notice results within a day or two, but the full effect takes up to 2-3 weeks to show and will last 4-6 months before a repeat treatment is recommended.  Over time, muscle action eventually returns, and the wrinkles begin to reappear. However, as you continue with treatments, you will likely notice that the return of wrinkles or lines becomes less severe over time since you are virtually training your muscles to relax.

Are There Side Effects?

The most common adverse reaction associated with the use of Botox® Cosmetic for treatment of lateral canthal lines is eyelid edema, a condition in which the eyelids are swollen and contain excessive fluid.

The whole process is incredibly quick and requires almost no downtime for recovery. You will be able to return to your normal activities the same day, but avoid strenuous exercise for the first 24 hours. Do not massage the treated areas as this may result in drooping which then takes another few weeks to resolve. You should also stop taking aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications two weeks before treatment to reduce bruising.

Is Botox® for Crow’s Feet Right For Me?

Discussing treatment and expectations with your healthcare provider is important. During a consultation, they will determine if Botox® is right for you, and how much product is appropriate to enhance your look.