Neuromodulators for Crow’s Feet
Learn more about treatment options 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.
As with any treatment, there are risks associated with it, though they are minimized in the hands of a qualified ASDS dermatologist. These include:
- Mild bruising
- Temporary weakness of surrounding muscles
The average cost for a neuromodulator injection is between $325 and $425. Since most medical insurance companies consider neuromodulator injections a cosmetic procedure, it is usually not covered, except in special cases.
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
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.
Find a doctor for your neuromodulator injections for crow’s feet
Visit “Find a dermatologic surgeon” and choose “Neuromodulators” from the dropdown menu. In 2013, ASDS dermatologists performed nearly 1.8 million neuromodulator injection procedures, up from 1.5 million in 2012. Because ASDS dermatologists are trained in a variety of the best and latest techniques, they are the most qualified to evaluate and select the best treatment choice based on the individual patient’s condition.