Botox ranks as the world’s number one procedure for non-surgical facial anti-aging. Ever since Botox injections were approved by the FDA in 2002 for the cosmetic reduction of frown lines, the popularity of the procedure has continued to rise. The procedure was additionally approved by the FDA in 2013 to treat canthal lines, commonly known as crow’s feet.
Patients need to choose their Botox provider carefully, particularly when it comes to treating sensitive areas such as fine lines around the eyes. The skin around the eyes is very delicate and the provider should be able to deliver Botox in a targeted manner and in controlled quantities. Experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides Botox injections to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding locations.
Botox has a number of advantages for people who want to avoid more invasive facial anti-aging solutions as well as for working people and busy mothers who want a quick, in-office treatment.
- Botox for canthal lines treatment is FDA approved, and entirely safe when performed by a qualified provider in recommended doses.
- Botox procedure can be completed in about 20 minutes, and patients may receive it even during their lunch hour at work.
- Botox does not require general anesthesia or sedation, and most patients will only experience minor pain or discomfort during the injections.
- No downtime is involved in most cases, and the patient will be able to return to their normal routine almost immediately.
What are Canthal Lines?
Crow’s feet or lateral canthal lines refer to the fine lines that radiate from the far outer corner of the eye. Repetitive actions such as smiling, squinting, or frowning, or other facial expressions may cause the appearance of these lines. When a person makes these facial expressions, the underlying facial muscles contract, while the external skin folds. This can gradually lead to permanent fine lines around the eyes.
Treating Crow’s Feet
To mitigate the appearance of crow’s feet, the provider will inject botulinum toxin directly into the wrinkle forming overactive muscle beneath the skin. The neurotoxin will act immediately to block the nerve signals to the targeted muscle, causing it to become relaxed. As a result, a wrinkle will not be formed when the patient smiles or forms another facial expression.
Following FDA’s approvals, a growing number of people feel encouraged to seek Botox injections to reduce the appearance of canthal lines. Results can sustain for about three to six months, and the treatment may be repeated in the future under the guidance of the Botox provider. Dr. Q is a board certified plastic surgeon receiving patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for Botox treatment.
The safety and effectiveness of Botox for canthal lines treatment was demonstrated in a detailed study conducted by Allergan, Inc., the manufacturer of Botox. The results of the study contributed to the scientific evidence assessed by the FDA to grant approval to Botox for the cosmetic reduction of canthal lines.
For more information on Plastic Surgery and Non-Surgical Medical Spa Procedures and Treatments in the Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas please contact the offices of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) by clicking here or calling 760-324-2660.