Botox is now available to fight wrinkles around the eyes called crow’s feet, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Reducing crow's feet is a new option for the botox drug called Botox Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA), which is made by Allergan.
The FDA approval makes Botox Cosmetic the only approved drug to reduce crow's feet.
The drug offers a "smoother appearance,” of crow's feet, said Susan Walker, M.D., director of the Division of Dermatology and Dental Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
The average cost of Botox Cosmetic is $400, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
"I often see patients who are bothered by their crow's feet lines," said Dr. Steven Dayan, Founder of DeNova Research, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, "so I am very pleased that Allergan has conducted additional research to receive FDA approval of Botox Cosmetic for this new indication."
Previously, the drug was only used to improve the look of frown lines between the eyebrows. Now, treatment for both frown lines and crow’s feet can be given at the same time.
Botox Cosmetic is a prescription drug that is injected into muscles and works by keeping muscles from tightening so wrinkles are less prominent.
Botox Cosmetic’s safety and effectiveness for treating crow's feet were established in two clinical efficacy and safety studies, according to the FDA.
The drug works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe lines to form.
The most common side effect of Botox Cosmetic is eyelid edema, a condition in which the eyelids are swollen and contain excessive fluid.
Botox Cosmetic should only be administered by a healthcare professional. To find a local provider, visit: www.botoxcosmetic.com.