The Results Are In: BOTOX is a Great Choice for Crow’s Feet!Posted on July 14, 2016 | by Boston Plastic Surgery
Recently, Aesthetic Surgery Journal published a review summarizing the findings of several studies that tested BOTOX® Cosmetic’s effectiveness for minimizing crow’s feet. What these studies revealed is really no surprise—BOTOX is a winner—but there are still some interesting points for patients looking to maximize the effectiveness of their non-surgical cosmetic treatment routine.
BOTOX is very safe when administered by a qualified provider
Two studies involving 1,362 patients looked at how well onabotulinumtoxin A, the neurotoxin used in BOTOX, worked to soften moderate to severe crow’s feet in patients as well as what dose provided the optimal benefit. The results in a nutshell:
- BOTOX is an effective treatment for crow’s feet. Study investigators found that during the first 30 days after receiving BOTOX, over 70% of participants showed either mild crow’s feet or none at all, compared to less than 10% of placebo patients.
- Patients responded best with a 24 unit dose. While exactly how much BOTOX you will need for crow’s feet can only be determined by a qualified provider, having a ballpark number for optimal BOTOX dosage can be helpful for planning and budgeting.
- When administered by a qualified provider, BOTOX is very safe. The only significant side effect reported during the studies was eyelid swelling, which occurred in only 1% of participants.
While our hundreds of happy BOTOX patients over the years can already attest to how well this injectable works to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, this formal scientific study may help people on the fence about BOTOX better understand the safety and effectiveness of treatment.
Ready to give BOTOX a try?
If you’re thinking BOTOX might work for you, the next step is to consult with a qualified, experienced provider. Since BOTOX must be injected into very specific points in the facial musculature to have the desired effect, provider skill is crucial for safe treatment and predictable, natural-looking results.
Choose someone with advanced knowledge of facial anatomy and specific training in BOTOX injections, such as a board certified plastic surgeon or a registered nurse who specializes in facial aesthetic medicine and works under plastic surgeon supervision. Professionals such as these are most likely to be qualified to evaluate your unique facial anatomy, understand the changes needed to achieve results that look natural with your features, and analyze your medical history to determine whether BOTOX is a suitable option for you.
If you would like to learn more about your options for BOTOX in Boston, we encourage you to contact our office, Boston Plastic Surgery. We can help you explore your options and explain benefits of BOTOX in treating crow’s feet, frown lines, or other signs of facial aging. Our nurse injector, Maryanne Savage RN, BSN, has been skillfully treating facial wrinkles with BOTOX for over 10 years. She and Dr. Samaha will be glad to meet with you for a personal consultation and discuss ways to help you restore a more rested appearance.