Neuromodulators for Crow's Feet

Neuromodulators – wrinkle-relaxing injections of botulinum toxin with the brand names of Botox, Dysport and Xeomin – are used to treat crow’s feet as well as wrinkles and frown lines. A minute amount of the neuromodulator is injected directly into the underlying muscle, causing it to relax and gradually smooth out the appearance of the overlying skin. The effects typically last three months.

Why choose neuromodulators for crow’s feet?

Neuromodulators are usually the preferred treatment if the crow’s feet are dynamic in nature since they relax the underlying muscle. Other benefits of neuromodulators:

  • Non-invasive; does not require surgery.
  • Can be quickly performed in your doctor’s office.
  • Virtually no recovery time.

What to expect after the procedure

  • Virtually no recovery time is required after neuromodulator injections.
  • Patients should take care not to rub treated areas, which could cause it to migrate to another area.

How to prepare for the procedure

Before the procedure, an ASDS dermatologist will review the patient’s medical history. This is the time for the doctor and patient to discuss expectations, potential risks and outcomes of the procedure. You should tell your doctor if you use or have recently taken:

  • Blood-thinning medications
  • Over-the-counter medications and supplements
  • Previous neuromodulator therapy
  • Antibiotics by injection
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Allergy or cold medicine
  • Sleep medicine

Possible Risks

As with any treatment, there are risks associated with it, though they are minimized in the hands of a qualified ASDS dermatologist. These include:

  • Soreness
  • Mild bruising
  • Temporary weakness of surrounding muscles
  • Headache