Step on Those Crow’s Feet for GoodAugust 12th, 2017 by Dr. Michael Glass
How to Treat Your Crow’s Feet
Crow’s feet, sometimes called “laugh lines” or “character lines,” are the fine lines that form in clusters around the outside corners of the eyes. If you squint, smile, or laugh, the wrinkles that occur when you lift your cheeks are called crow’s feet. We all have them, and some are more defined than others. The kind of crow’s feet produced by laughing, squinting, or smiling are called dynamic lines. They’re made with our muscles, and when we aren’t making faces, those lines disappear.
Crow’s feet, however, can become more defined as we age. These dynamic lines turn into static facial lines, or the lines that exist when our face is at rest. This is due to collagen and elastin in the skin breaking down over time. Without these stretchy, pliable substances, our skin can’t bounce back like it used to. Crow’s feet usually start to become noticeable around a person’s 30’s.
External factors like sun damage or smoking can also make crow’s feet develop faster and become more pronounced.
So how do you get rid of crow’s feet? Let’s look at some tips and treatments that work even better than your traditional scarecrow.
How to Treat Them (OTC)
The best measures for treating crow’s feet are preventative ones. Get enough sleep, eat healthy, don’t take up smoking, and always apply your sunscreen.
Moisturizing daily is key, too.
Moisturizers and creams with alpha hydroxy acids, retinoids, and copper peptides will all help deliver moisture deep beneath the skin. Look for Vitamin C, too, either in your diet or your creams, as this plays a big role in fighting off free radicals and stimulating collagen production. Vitamin E, which is found in abundance in coconut oil, will also help lubricate skin. The linoleic acid in coconut oil can also repair damaged skin tissue with regular application over time, delaying the breakdown of the skin matrix. These ingredients won’t eliminate crow’s feet, but they will reduce the appearance of fine lines around the eyes.
How to Treat Them (Botox)
If your standard creams and moisturizers aren’t doing the trick, then it might be time for Botox. Now you might think that Botox is a dirty word. It’s not. In fact, according to the latest report by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, nearly 4.6 million people had some form of Botox treatment in 2016.
The number of Botox treatments surpassed the top 5 surgical and non-surgical procedures combined.
That’s because Botox is safer and more effective than ever before. With advancements in technology and techniques, an experienced injector of Botox can be safer and more effective than many surgical and non-surgical options for crow’s feet. Treatment times normally last just under twenty minutes, with noticeable results in less than two weeks.
Botox works by injecting muscles of expression in the face with the protein Botulinum Toxin Type A. This protein blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles that cause dynamic facial lines. The result is smoothing of the skin around the corners of the eyes.
With Esteem’s summer Botox sale going on, it’s never been easier to treat crow’s feet.
First time Botox patients can get up to $50 off their first treatment. If you’ve ever been bothered by pesky fine lines and wrinkles, there’s never been a better time to see why 4.6 million people have found success with Botox. Call or stop in for a free consultation today. 775.329.3000