Botox is a medication that is injected into the muscles to temporarily paralyze them. It is most commonly used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, including crows feet.
Botox works by blocking the nerve signals that cause muscles to contract. When injected into the muscles around the eyes, it can relax the muscles that cause crows feet to form, resulting in a smoother appearance.
The effects of Botox typically last 3-4 months, after which time the injections will need to be repeated to maintain the desired results.
Botox has been extensively studied and is considered safe when used as directed by a qualified healthcare professional. However, as with any medical procedure, there is a risk of side effects and complications.
Common side effects of Botox include pain or tenderness at the injection site, redness, swelling, and bruising. These side effects are usually mild and resolve on their own.
In rare cases, Botox can cause drooping eyelids, also known as ptosis. This is more likely to occur when large doses of Botox are injected or when the injections are not administered properly.
Botox can greatly reduce the appearance of crows feet, but it will not completely eliminate them. It is also important to note that Botox is only a temporary solution and regular maintenance treatments will be needed to maintain the desired results.
The cost of Botox for crows feet can vary depending on the location and the practitioner administering the injections. On average, you can expect to pay between $200 and $500 per treatment.
The procedure for Botox injections typically takes about 10-15 minutes to administer.