Dr. H.M. Seify is a dedicated plastic surgeon in Newport Beach, CA, having won several honors and awards for his contributions to the field of cosmetic surgery. He is a board certified plastic surgeon specializing in aesthetic as well as reconstructive surgeries. He won the prestigious Sherrell J. Aston Award from the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in 2007. Patients in Newport Beach, CA and surrounding areas may consult him for plastic surgery as well as non-surgical procedures.
Botox’s FDA Approval
Patients in Newport Beach, CA, who are keen to reduce the signs of aging from their face without surgery, now have some good news. They can receive Botox treatment to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet as the treatment has now been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FDA had approved Botox for cosmetic treatment of frown lines on the forehead in 2002.
Now finally in 2013, it has given approval to Botox for the treatment of crow’s feet as well. These approvals are apart from the approvals that FDA has given to Botox over the last several years for the treatment of various medical conditions. These include treatment for chronic headaches and migraines, excessive underarm sweating, and involuntary eyelid spasms. Botox treatment, whether cosmetic or medical, should ideally be received by a qualified cosmetic surgeon or another certified Botox provider.
Why Choose Botox?
Botox is produced from botulinum neurotoxin, which is a powerful biological substance discovered nearly a century ago. For several decades the toxin was tested by scientists to evaluate its medical and cosmetic benefits. Eventually it received approvals from FDA, and quickly became one of the most popular non-surgical anti-aging treatments in the world.
Botox is an excellent option for patients who are either unwilling or unable to choose full or partial facelift plastic surgery. The results with surgery are longer lasting, while Botox can only provide temporary benefits. But Botox has the following advantages that make it a popular treatment option:
- Treatment is quick, safe and simple, involving no incisions.
- Treatment does not involve general anesthesia or sedation.
- An entire Botox session can be completed within 15 minutes to one hour, depending on the extent of treatment.
- Botox treatment does not involve any downtime, and the patient may even go back to work immediately.
- Results are visible almost instantly.
- Treatment involves minimal or no pain and discomfort during or after the procedure.
- Typical risks and complications associated with a surgery are avoided with Botox.
- Treatment can be repeated for extended benefits.
Botox for Reduction of Crow’s Feet
Lateral canthal lines or crow’s feet are fine lines that radiate from the far outside corner of the eyes. These lines become more visible when a person smiles because the act of smiling makes the muscles in that area more active. As a result, the skin in that area develops a natural fold as the underlying muscle contracts. The more frequently a person smiles, the more frequently the skin fold occurs. The impact of crow’s feet increases with age because the skin loses its elasticity gradually with aging.
Crow’s feet can be removed or reduced with cosmetic surgery, but Botox is an equally effective non-surgical alternative, although its results will last only for about three to six months. Botox medication is injected directly into the targeted muscle that has become overactive and is causing the formation of wrinkles. The toxin works instantly to block the neural pathways and effectively prevents the muscle from contracting. As the muscle remains paralyzed even when the person is smiling, the skin appears smooth.
Botox Testing for Crow’s Feet
Botox achieved the FDA approval for reduction of crow’s feet after several tests and trials, including an extensive study of Botox involving two large groups of adult participants. The study was conducted by Allergan, Inc., the drug’s Irvine, CA based manufacturer. One of the groups, comprising 833 adults, was randomly chosen to receive a placebo injection of Botox.
This group showed a marked reduction in the appearance of crow’s feet following treatment when compared to the other group that did not receive the treatment. Following FDA’s approval, patients in Newport Beach, CA may now receive Botox treatments for crow’s feet from a qualified plastic surgeon or a certified Botox provider to safe and effective outcomes.
Botox labels carry an FDA warning stating that the toxin’s effects can spread to other areas of the body from the area of injection, causing symptoms of botulism. However, the FDA also says that there has not been an occurrence of a confirmed serious case of this nature when Botox is administered in recommended doses by a qualified provider.
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