Fan-shaped lines going from the outer corner of the eyes are known as “Crows feet”.
Crows feet around the eyes appear as a result of the facial activity: we squint, peer at the computer monitor, frown, laugh, cry, and express a pool of other emotions. Sooner or later, crows feet become way too noticeable.
CROWS FEET CAUSES
Crows feet in the corner of the eyes are more often formed on people with thin and dry skin, as well as fans of uncontrolled tanning or those who get regular sun exposure. In some other cases, crows feet appear due to a lack of natural collagen or hyaluronic acid.
So, how do you get rid of them?
If, apart from the wrinkles in the corners of the eyes, nothing else bothers you, for example, the upper and the lower eyelids are fine, then you can get rid of the crows feet using the non-invasive methods rather than going for a surgery.
Since the crows feet are the result of facial expressions, the easiest way to get rid of the crows feet is to reduce the activity of the periorbial muscles with a help of botulinum toxin injections. Those, who read my blog, already know that botox injection weakens or completely paralyzes the muscles, therefore injecting botulinum toxin in the lateral canthal lines should drastically reduce activity of the eye muscles, the constant contraction of which causes the crows feet.
It sounds frightening, but in fact, botulinum toxin simply blocks the nerve endings in the muscles and as a result, the muscles relax, and the skin around the eyes stops constantly moving and stretching while the crows feet around the eyes become less pronounced.
Realistically and regardless of what the manufacturers promise, the effect of the botox injection lasts from 3 to 5 months, after which the crows feet in the corner of the eyes gradually return to the state in which they were before the procedure.
Botulinum toxin is a non-habit forming remedy, and to maintain the result of the initial procedure, treatment should be repeated, keeping those pesky lines under control. Having said that, resistance to botulinum toxin does occur. In fact, the South Korean leading aesthetic company Medytox recently released a botulinum toxin product which reduces the risk of resistance, an ongoing concern after repeated botox injections. So, until we become more adventurous and start trying new and most innovative products introduced to the aesthetic market by the ever-so-clever Koreans, as opposed to wanting only famous brands, we should be careful with a frequency of treatment and limit botox injection to 2-3 times per year.
To date, the Ministries of Health of many countries around the world approved the use of several preparations of botulinum toxin, the most popular among which are Allergan Botox and Dysport, the French product. Contrary to the debates often seen in the media, botulinum toxin injections do not cause poisoning of the body: the concentration of toxin used is so small that it simply does not have enough power to spread and cause harm. Its strength is only sufficient to remove the crows feet around the eyes and smooth the other wrinkles.
HOW TO REMOVE CROWS FEET
There is another aspect that may cause some apprehension: if botulinum toxin was administered in the wrong place or the dosage was too high, along with having crows feet disappear, the face may get a frozen look. However, allow me to put your mind to rest by saying that strengthwise, modern botulinum toxin is much weaker than it was 15, even 10 years ago. Having botox injected these days, you would be lucky to have your face frozen. This creates a lot of dissatisfaction from those patients who prefer the frozen look and I am one of them because I hate my glabella lines. Moreover, the results don’t last as long as the manufacturers and plastic surgeons promise. In my opinion, there are a few reasons for that, one of which is a deliberate manipulation of our wallets: the less time result lasts, the more often we go back for a repeat treatment, helping the big pharmaceutical companies accumulate their billions.
On a positive note, botox injection is not the only way to get rid of crows feet. Another way to erase the wrinkles in the corner of the eyes is dermal fillers injections. Since the skin in this area is very thin and sensitive, it is best to use well purified, bio-degradable, absorbable preparations of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. Here, on Anna’s Cosmetics there is a wide range of dermal fillers for sale, so you can buy Juvederm online, you can buy Restylane online and in fact, you can buy many other famous and reputable brands like Belotero, Surgiderm, Filorga, Sculptra.
After being injected into the skin, dermal filler not only “pushes” wrinkles from the inside, leveling the skin surface, but also retains a large amount of water in the treated area, which leads to intense moisturizing of the skin. Dermal fillers not only provide an opportunity to get rid of the crows feet, but also stimulate the synthesis of collagen and elastin. The results of dermal filler injections, depending on the brand, can last up to 10 months. In case something goes not as planned, they are reversable, and if all is good, eventually dermal fillers will be metabolized by our body anyway, so it would be time for a touch up session.
However, if in addition to the crows feet you are also concerned about the “bags” under the eyes, then fillers will have to be avoided: hyaluronic acid may aggravate the swelling due to the fact it retains a great amount of moisture. But this is an entirely different subject which can be covered in another article.
Those who want to get rid of the crows feet should remember a few things:
Botox injection should be done by a qualified and licensed specialist, who possesses a good knowledge of anatomy and takes into account your facial expressions, your skin type and much more.
The correct dosage and a careful professional approach is a guarantee of your safety and a positive outcome of the treatment. That is why in order to get rid of the crows feet, I highly recommend contacting a reputable and trustworthy aesthetic practitioner.