Botox® Injections for Crow’s Feet
Those tiny fan-like lines on the outside corners of your eyes are commonly known as crow’s feet. These little wrinkles are often the first ones to make an appearance, and everyone gets them at some point in life. This is because the skin in this area is very thin. The repeated contractions of the facial muscles when you squint, smile and laugh cause the thin skin to wrinkle. Over time, those wrinkles become deeper and more visible even when those muscles are at rest. Botox® injections can help eradicate those little lines.
When Botox is injected into the underlying muscles, it blocks some of the nerve signals going to the brain, so the muscle does not move as much. While the muscles are in this relaxed state, the skin lying on top is able to remain smooth and unwrinkled or less wrinkled, depending on how deep the lines are.
Treatment for crow’s feet using Botox injections takes only a few minutes. The Botox is injected with fine needles directly into the muscle below the skin. Topical anesthetic may be used to numb the area before treatment begins. There may be some minor side effects with treatment, such as minimal swelling in the treatment area, possible redness or light bruising.
Results with Botox
Botox treatments are very effective in smoothing out the fine lines of crow’s feet; however, results are not immediate. In general, it takes a few days for the true results of the treatment to be noticeable. After a few days, the muscles around your eyes will begin to relax, and the skin at the corners will begin to look smoother.
Wrinkle treatment with Botox is not permanent. On average, Botox treatment for this purpose lasts about four to six months. In order to maintain your new look, you will need to have regular follow-up injections every few months. With continuous follow-up treatments, the procedure is very effective for eliminating crow’s feet.
Recovery from these treatments is simple. You can resume your normal activities immediately. You will be able to wash your face and wear makeup, but do not rub the skin around your eye. To do so would possibly move the Botox out of the treated area.
Crow’s feet are a sign of aging, and you can take down those signs when you make an appointment with Michele Rivard, PA or Dr. Khosh, at Creative Facial Aesthetics for Botox treatment.