Crow’s feet are the wrinkles near the outer corners of your eyes and have earned their name because they bear some resemblance to bird footprints in the ground. As a member of the dynamic wrinkle family, crow’s feet appear because of your facial dynamics or movements. When you smile, the skin near your eyes bunches up over your cheeks. Eventually, those creases stay in place and get deeper with time.
Expert dermatologist Daphne Panagotacos, MD, understands that not everyone welcomes crow’s feet and other dynamic wrinkles with pleasure. She also realizes that plastic surgery is not always feasible or preferable, nor does it offer an easy fix. At our office in Westlake Village, California, Dr. Panagotacos provides nonsurgical treatments for crow’s feet, including patient-favorite Botox® injections.
Here, we go over several ways you can minimize or remove your crow’s feet with no need for a scalpel or a time machine.
Get a gentle facial
Some treatments for crow’s feet don’t require scalpels, needles, or any other instruments. In fact, there are multiple types of facials that improve your skin’s health and minimize crow’s feet by promoting collagen growth, removing the top layers of damaged skin cells, or both.
Take the HydraFacial®, for example. While it might not smooth some of your deeper wrinkles, the HydraFacial’s combined suction and infusion mechanism flushes your skin with nutrients while deeply exfoliating the surface.
Another option is the chemical peel. A bit harsher and stronger than the HydraFacial, a chemical peel removes the damaged skin cells with specially formulated acids. The process damages your skin just enough to stimulate the production of collagen, a protein that diminishes with age, weakening your skin and making it more prone to wrinkles or fine lines.
Consider cosmetic injections
Perhaps the best-known and widely used nonsurgical treatment, Botox is a cosmetic injectable that treats crow’s feet and other dynamic facial wrinkles. The injections contain a neuromodulator that temporarily stops the underlying muscles that contract and cause crow’s feet.
When administered by a professional, Botox injections don’t influence other nearby muscles, so you don’t have to worry about a frozen facial expression. Instead, the product remains only in targeted muscles, so it can smooth your wrinkles without immobilizing your whole face.
Each time you get Botox, the results last for 3-4 months. You don’t have to limit yourself to a single treatment if you’re happy with how you look after the first time. You can get the injections regularly to continue seeing your crow’s feet disappear.
Another option is injectable dermal fillers, which treat wrinkles like crow’s feet by adding subtle volume with a gel-like textured substance. Depending on the type of filler you get, the results can last from just a few months to more than a year. Just like Botox injections, you can get cosmetic injections with dermal fillers to touch up your results after they fade.
Take preventive steps
It’s too late to get rid of your crow’s feet entirely on your own without clinical treatment if they’re already present. However, you can take steps to improve your skin health that might slow down your skin’s aging process and keep the crow’s feet from becoming more prominent.
Preventing wrinkles like crow’s feet starts with:
- Regular sunscreen use
- Smoking cessation or avoidance
- Retinoids, moisturizers, and other skin care products
- Healthy eating
- Stress relief and relaxation
If you’re new to professional skin care, Dr. Panagotacos is happy to look over your skin and tell you what it needs to be smoother or healthier.
If you’d like to explore and compare the ways you can get rid of your crow’s feet without surgery, schedule an appointment with Daphne Panagotacos, MD, over the phone or online right away.