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Botox Cosmetic FDA approval for Crow’s feet wrinkles

Recently, Botox Cosmetic has been approved by the FDA for the cosmetic improvement of wrinkles on the sides of the eyes, ie. Crow’s feet. Here is the recent FDA press release.

What does this mean for patients? Not much immediate change really, only that the FDA has officially approved this cosmetic treatment. Plastic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons, and dermatologists have been safely using Botox Cosmetic off-label and other similar treatments such as Xeomin and Dysport for years in a variety of non-FDA approved methods for facial wrinkles. Botox Cosmetic can also be used to slim the face and narrow the jawline for appropriate patients. Your plastic surgeon’s office will continue to provide the same treatments.

What will change? We will see a big marketing blitz from Allergan, the makers of Botox Cosmetic. As of now, Botox Cosmetic is the only FDA approved cosmetic treatment for Crow’s feet, so the company will use this advantage over their competitors, Xeomin, Dysport, and whatever other treatments come in the future.

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