Can you get Botox injection to remove crows feet?

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#Botox for crow's feet

Dear Carrozza39:

Yes, Botox can certainly be used to smooth these smile lines around the eyes, as can Dysport (which I prefer a little in this area because of its greater diffusion). But, it's not for everyone.

In some people, injecting the smile lines can result in an "apple cheek" appearance if the periorbital muscle doesn't move at all while the zygomaticus major and minor are pushing the cheek up over the zygoma as one smiles. So in many of my patients, we inject a very small amount only if needed for the lines created by smiling, and then begin to work on improving the lines that are present at rest with topical retinoids and perhaps Pellevé treatments and/or some filler injections where lost volume is adding to these wrinkles. This approach results in a very natural-looking correction, and one that is durable.

I do hope this is helpful to you!

All the best, Dr. Clark


New York Dermatologist
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Botox for crows feet

Yes, but Botox Cosmetic® works best if the lines around your eyes are not too deep. If they are deep, a resurfacing laser such as Fraxel® may be a good treatment to do in addiction to Botox Cosmetic® or Xeomin® injections.

Manjula Jegasothy, MD
Miami Dermatologist
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Can you get Botox injection to remove crows feet?

Botox is FDA approved for use in this area.  Xeomin and Dysport are also great "relaxers" to use to soften the crow's feet.  Wrinkles and crow's feet can be classified as dynamic (occurring with expression) or static (present at rest).  If your crow's feet only form with expression, there is a good chance that Botox can be of great benefit.  If, however, your crow's feet are static and deep, other modalities should be discussed with you for optimal results (e.g. resurfacing procedures).  This stresses that only "core" injectors should perform cosmetic injectables (facial plastic surgeons, plastic surgeons, dermatologists, or occuloplastic surgeons). This is because we all have a keen understanding of facial anatomy and the effects of injecting Botox and fillers in different regions of the face. Be sure you are seeing one of us, and I wish you well!

Parker A. Velargo, MD
New Orleans Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Botox for crows feet

Absolutely! That's one of the most common uses of Botox. By relaxing the muscle in the area on outer part of the eyes, Botox can make a significant improvement in those fine lines (or crows feet). 

Asaad H. Samra, MD
New Jersey Plastic Surgeon
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Botox for crow's feet

Botox (as well as the other approved neuromodulators Dysport and Xeomin) are very effective at improving crow's feet since these wrinkles are often created by the orbicularis muscle and these muscle relaxers soften the action of the muscle and reduce the lines.  I never like to say "get rid of" because they improve, not eliminate, lines in most cases.  Sometimes for deep lines we also tighten the skin with ThermiRf smooth or for deep lines fill them with thin fillers such as Belotero .  For most patients, Botox alone works very nicely.  Make sure to see a board certified injection specialist -- the treatment is best customized for each patient to give a natural, rather than frozen smile appearance.

Best of luck!

Joseph A. Eviatar, MD, FACS
New York Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Botox great for Crows Feet

Botox is a great product for treatment of crows feet. With proper placement it minimizes the fine lines and wrinkles lateral to the orbit, but can also achieve subtle lifting of the lateral brow.  

Jacob Boeckmann, MD
San Clemente Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Botox for Crow's Feet

Botox is great for smoothing those fine lines at the corner of the eyes by weakening the muscle. By treating crow's feet with Botox, which generally lasts 3 months, you can prevent deeper lines from forming and smooth the skin. Deeper lines at rest can be improved with multiple injections over time. Thank you for your question. Best wishes.

Gregory Park, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 158 reviews

Botox for Crows Feet

Botox is a great way to significantly minimize the appearance of crows feet. However, Botox does not  rid you of your crow's feet. It works by "Freezing" your nerves to your muscles, so they can't contract. It may take up to a week to see any results, and those can last anywhere from three to six months.

Elliot M. Heller, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 87 reviews

Botox for Crow's Feet

Botox is an extremely effective treatment for crow's feet.  Botox works by "freezing" the muscle around the eye.  If this muscle is not used, the lines do not have a chance to form and deepen over time.  Keep in mind, Botox will not completely remove lines that are present at rest, but it will prevent the lines from worsening over time.  Your provider should do a thorough evaluation and discuss your goals to determine if Botox is the right treatment to meet your needs.  

Kent V. Hasen, MD
Naples Plastic Surgeon
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Treatment of Crows Feet

Absolutely, Botox or Dysport will modify or resolve most crows feet for 3 - 8 months depending on the individual and the extent of the crows feet. The total cost for the treatment of crows feet by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is ~$225. Hope this helps.

George C. Peck, Jr, MD
West Orange Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

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