WHAT ARE CROW’S FEET?

We all enjoy a good laugh and some fun in the sun, however, in most cases, these good times may also lead to fine lines right on the delicate skin around our eyes known as crow’s feet. While they do start off with subtle imperfections, crow’s feet can develop pretty quickly turning into unflattering wrinkles that take away from the beauty of our smiles.

Botox can be injected into the orbicularis oculi that contribute to the formation of eye wrinkles, also called crow’s feet or laugh lines. Crow’s feet radiate around the eyes and can be treated with botox injections, reducing their appearance and preventing them from developing further. Botulinum toxin A has been FDA approved since 2002 as a safe and effective cosmetic treatment to eliminate crow’s feet. Dubbed a “lunch break” procedure, Botox for crow’s feet is a quick treatment that can be obtained over one’s lunch break. There is no downtime and minimal side effects.

HOW DO WE DEVELOP CROW’S FEET?

As we age our skin loses collagen, which is further compounded by years of facial expressions and sun exposure, manifesting on our faces in the form of unattractive wrinkles.

Smiling and squinting cause fine lines around the delicate skin and corners of your eyes, known as crow’s feet or laugh lines. While they may be a sign of many smiles, they can also be an indicator of the natural aging process, which many find unflattering.

With botox, softening of these lines is made easy with a short recovery time to receive maximum results.

HOW DOES BOTOX COSMETIC WORK ON CROW’S FEET?

When injected into the orbicularis oculi, the muscle surrounding your eyes that is responsible for the formation of crow’s feet lines, nerve signals to the muscles are put to a halt and the muscle is relaxed and limited from facial contractions such as squinting. This reduction in muscle movement lessens the appearance of these lines and prevents them from developing further until the toxin wears off within 3 – 4 months.

Muscular relaxation in turn leads to a more youthful aesthetic around the eyes.

HOW MANY UNITS ARE NEEDED FOR BOTOX IN THE CROW’S FEET?

The vast majority of patients need 10 – 30 units of Botox to achieve optimal results.

According to the Mayo Clinic, Botox for crow’s feet is the most popular use for Botox injections. This is not only due to the minimally invasive and quick and easy nature of the procedure itself, but because it allows for a rejuvenated appearance in a sensitive area which tends to develop some of the first, yet inevitable signs of aging.

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WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR BOTOX IN THE CROW’S FEET?

Botox in the crow’s feet is the ideal treatment for someone who wants to rejuvenate the skin around their eyes without having to undergo a surgical procedure. This can apply to anyone who already has existing lines around the eyes, or to someone who wants to prevent them from forming in the first place.

WHAT IS THE AFTERCARE FOR CROW’S FEET BOTOX COSMETIC?

For 24 hours following your crow’s feet injections, you should avoid strenuous exercise, heat, and pressure to the injected area. If you have bruising, swelling, or discomfort, you can apply an ice pack to reduce it. Call your doctor if you have any major concerns after your treatment. You should also not wear makeup for 30 minutes after your botox treatment.

DOES BOTOX AROUND THE EYES HURT?

Botox for crow’s feet does not hurt and does not require any anesthesia to be tolerable. However, because the eye area is sensitive and the treatment is directed towards the muscles surrounding your eyes, you may ask your provider to apply a topical anesthetic 20 minutes prior to your session to minimize pain during the Botox injection process. Most patients compare the injections to a rubber band snapping against the skin.

ARE THERE ANY RISKS AND SIDE EFFECTS TO GETTING BOTOX AROUND THE EYES?

Botox is FDA approved and safe and comes with a limited list of minor risks and side effects including bruising, swelling, and redness. More serious side effects may include non-targeted diffusion, which can cause asymmetry or droopy eyelids but will fade with time as the toxin leaves your body in 3 – 4 months. In this case, fewer units will be used for your next treatment. If you do experience any abnormal reactions to your botox treatment, such as vision problems or excessive tearing, be sure to seek medical attention as soon as the problem arises.

HOW LONG DO BOTOX CROW’S FEET RESULTS LAST?

Crow’s feet results are not permanent and can last anywhere from 3 – 5 months, depending on how many units were injected and how active is your lifestyle. If you work out a lot, botox will wear off faster because of increased metabolism.

In order to maintain your results, you can schedule follow-up injections or touch-up appointments on a continuous basis.

WHAT WILL I LOOK LIKE BEFORE AND AFTER BOTOX CROW’S FEET?

Before you get Botox injected into the orbicularis oculi muscle you will have facial wrinkles surrounding your eyes in a fan-like fashion, which are particularly noticeable when you laugh or smile. After your neurotoxin injections, the lines will be less apparent or fully gone, even when you smile.

DOES BOTOX FOR CROW’S FEET LOOK NATURAL?

Many people worry that Botox injections will make them look fake or unnatural or give them a frozen face. If injected properly by an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon, Botox for crow’s feet lines will result in a natural look without any signs that make your face look non-authentic.

HOW MUCH DOES CROW’S FEET BOTOX COST?

The cost of crow’s feet Botox ranges $300 – $600 and largely depends on how many units are required for your desired result. This is based on the strength of your facial muscles and whether you have previously received Botox injections in the same area. The long-term costs depend on how frequent your Botox visits are and the treatment areas.

WHAT OTHER EYE REJUVENATION PROCEDURES CAN BE COMBINED WITH BOTOX?

There are various neurotoxins that can be used in combination with or in place of Botox that offer similar effects, such as Dysport and Xeomin. Other treatment methods used in conjunction with Botox for eye rejuvenation include laser treatments, like Fraxel, and microneedling treatments such as Secret RF microneedling for collagen stimulation. JuvedermRestylane, and other dermal fillers are also used around the eyes to treat dark circles, rejuvenate one’s overall appearance, and replace lost volume in the face.

WHAT SHOULD I KEEP IN MIND WHEN GETTING BOTOX AROUND THE EYES?

Before you get Botox injected around your eyes, you should make sure that your Botox treatment is performed by a board certified plastic surgeon or expert injector who understands the anatomy of your face. If injected by an inexperienced or unqualified injector, the risk of developing the above listed potential side effects is greater. Long term use of botox can improve the appearance around your eyes significantly.

TAKEAWAY

Crow’s feet botox is a common treatment that effectively treats wrinkle development around the eyes without the surgery. The treatment is quick and painless with results that will last you up to four months. In order to maintain your rejuvenated appearance, you can schedule regular touch-up appointments for longer-lasting results. Be sure to research your provider before scheduling to confirm that you are being treated by the best Botox doctor in NYC.

HOW CAN I GET STARTED WITH MY CROW’S FEET BOTOX?

Dr. Schwarzburg is a board certified plastic surgeon with over a decade of experience with a large variety of patients. You can rest assured that your crow’s feet treatment in New York will be properly executed and optimized, catered to your individual needs by Dr. Schwarzburg at his boutique medical spa located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan for your flawless, bright-eyed results. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg, you can contact Skinly at (212) 774-4264 or email us at info@skinlyaesthetics.com.