WHY BOTOX’S NEW APPROVED USE MAY INCREASE THE POPULARITY OF THIS FACE LIFT ALTERNATIVE
Botox, the popular injectable used to fight wrinkles between the eyes, has now been approved to fight another common sign of aging: crow’s feet.
Injectable treatments like Botox Cosmetic have gained popularity as a means to slow down the aging process. Many people use these temporary nonsurgical treatments to maintain a youthful appearance before going under the knife for a more permanent fix with a face lift later down the road.
As Botox continues to be FDA approved for new uses, it is safe to expect that the popularity of the treatment will top even last year’s number of over 6.1 million injections administered in the United States. Botox’s newest approved use is for the treatment of lines that develop at the corners of the eyes commonly referred to as crow’s feet, due to their similar appearance to the thin feet of the bird they are named after. These lines develop due to all of the smiling, squinting, closing and opening of the eyes, and other related muscle movements that occur as we continue to age.
The rise of these nonsurgical alternatives to the face lift have allowed people who otherwise would not pursue surgery to still rejuvenate their appearance. Injectables and dermal fillers such as Juvederm are temporary, however, so many eventually pursue a face lift at a slightly older age.
As the uses for Botox continue to expand, it is important to keep informed about which are FDA approved and which aren’t. Improper use or the administering of Botox by an untrained hand can lead to serious side effects. It is important to always consult with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon for even these nonsurgical procedures such as Botox.