Recently divorced and turning 50, Nicolee Hiltz is getting Botox for the first time.
"I'm just feeling like I need to feel refreshed," she said.
Hiltz is getting the cosmetic treatment to diminish wrinkles near her eyes. The FDA only recently approved the use of Botox for crow's-feet, but doctors are already very familiar with the procedure.
"This is a poorly kept secret in the dermatology community," said Dr. Erin Gilbert, a dermatologist. "It's something that we have been doing for years."
Botox is made from botulinum toxin. When it is injected in tiny targeted doses, it stops muscles from contracting.
"What happens is you prevent that movement and you wind up with a smooth surface," Gilbert explained.
Botox has been used for decades for a variety of cosmetic and medical procedures. It's FDA-approved for the treatment of everything from excessive sweating to migraines. Botox for crow's-feet costs $200-$600. It is not covered by insurance. Hiltz says it's worth it.
"Finding myself again, sort of that energetic, youthful self that's kind of been missing for that last couple of years," she said.
Doctors say it takes about a week to see noticeable results, which typically last for up to six months. The most common adverse reaction associated with treating crow's-feet with Botox is drooping eyelids. That can happen if the Botox spreads to other muscles around the eye. That's why doctors say it's important to go to a licensed professional for Botox injections.
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