Scarecrows aren't the only ones who despise crow's feet. The wrinkles at the corners of our eyes often leave us frustrated - and fantasizing about a solution. However, with so many skincare companies and clinics promising to banish crow’s feet with their miracle products, you may find yourself wondering, "what is the best treatment for crow's feet?" Here's what you need to know about products and treatments that really work to combat those crow’s feet once and for all.
Prescription retinoids and over-the-counter products that contain less potent retinols utilize Vitamin A to promote rapid skin cell turnover. These creams and gels are considered a handy weapon against common skin issues like acne and wrinkles because of their significant ability to refresh the skin's surface. While retinoids and retinols are great for preventing fine lines and wrinkles, used alone they often aren’t enough to combat crow’s feet or lines and wrinkles that have already formed.
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BOTOX, and its popular alternative Dysport, offers you an effective, non-surgical way to smooth wrinkles that were caused by dynamic muscle movement. An aesthetic injection specialist will identify your wrinkle-causing muscles and inject BOTOX into them using a fine needle. This injection temporarily relaxes the muscles. BOTOX allows both the muscles and skin to relax, banishing crow's feet, forehead furrows and frown lines. BOTOX requires little to no downtime. You can expect to see results in about 5 days, with results lasting for up to four months. For these reasons, BOTOX is often our first recommendation for crow’s feet or to erase fine lines and wrinkles in the upper face.
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Like BOTOX, dermal fillers are injected, though they work a little differently. As the name suggests, dermal fillers soften your facial lines, creases and scars by adding volume to the face’s soft tissue and creating a cushion beneath the skin. There are many different types of facial fillers available, with most requiring little recovery time but producing fast results. These results can last anywhere from four months to more than a year depending on your skin type and which filler is used. Fillers aren’t often recommended for crow’s feet, but some patients do benefit from this treatment to fill out the areas around the eyes, such as with under eye bags and dark circles. A side-effect of getting that treatment is that crow’s feet can also soften in appearance. However, with most patients, we often recommend a little BOTOX or Dysport in the crow’s feet area as well.
A rhytidectomy, or eyelid lift, can be an option if you are willing to undergo a longer procedure and recovery time. Better known as a facelift, this surgical procedure targets the visible signs of aging on your face and neck. A facelift can generally take between two and six hours depending on your specific case, with a typical recovery time of two to three weeks. The results tend to last for five years or more, with some patients returning for spot treatments with BOTOX.
While it is always important to weigh your options, BOTOX is hard to beat as the “best” treatment for crow's feet. Retinoids and dermal fillers improve the appearance of your skin, but BOTOX can go further, addressing both your skin and the muscles beneath it that actually cause the wrinkles. BOTOX also allows you to avoid the risks and lengthy recovery periods associated with surgery.
Aging may be inevitable, but living with crow's feet doesn’t have to be. If you are interested in BOTOX or other non-surgical cosmetic treatments for these wrinkles, the Lasky Aesthetics and Laser Center in Beverly Hills is here to help. The center's experienced team is overjoyed to help its patients produce their best results. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.