Botox for smile lines finally gets a go

It may have come as a surprise to many people to learn that the Food and Drug Administration just approved botox for the treatment of smile lines around the outer part of the eye.

Honestly, plastic surgeons have been using botox for at least 15 years to lessen those lines! They have simply used the product off label - meaning it has been used in a manner not specified on the label.

Birmingham plastic surgeon Dr. James Grotting said, "We are pleased the FDA recognizes the value of this injectable for improving several areas around the eyes. Botox had simply never been studied for the smile lines until now."

Grotting says the FDA acted after two good studies proved what physicians and patients have know for years - botox makes those little lines a little less visible.