Crows feet are those pesky fine lines that show up around the outer corners of your eyes.
They take years to develop and are generally caused by the repetitive motion of contracting the muscles around the eye area. The skin crinkles up when you smile, and it wrinkles up when you squint.
These fine lines are incredibly aging, but luckily there are many options available to get rid of them.
Here are the 5 Best Treatments For Crows Feet:
The fastest and most long term results require the big guns – injectibles such as dermal fillers or botox, laser treatments or thermage. With all the non surgical remedies now available, fewer women utilize the other big gun, which is plastic surgery.
Botox is the most popular way to get rid of fine lines and really turn the clock back quickly and efficiently.
Botox works through a botulinum A-based formula that effectively paralyzes facial muscles that lead to wrinkles by blocking nerve impulses to the muscles.Generally it takes these magic injections about 72 hours to show results, and they last on average 3 months, although some people do report a cumulative effect that lasts longer in between treatments.
Injectible dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane use hyaluronic acid to plump out the wrinkles and smooth the skin from the inside out. Hyaluronic acid is naturally present in the skin, but it diminishes as we age. As our natural stores of it deplete our skin starts to sag and wrinkle.
The results of dermal filler injections are virtually immediate and last for 6 to 9 months on average.
Laser skin resurfacing removes the outer skin cells leaving a smoother, softer complexion.
One ofthe most popular laser treatments for crow’s feet is Fraxel, which uses a non-ablative laser that creates less damage to the skin and less downtime for the patient.
Fraxel treatments take approximately 30 minutes to perform in the doctors office, and most patients require 4 to 6 treatments spaced 2 to 4 weeks apart. Repeat procedures are requires to maintain the results.
|thermage before and after|
Thermage is a non invasive procedure that uses a radio frequency device to resurface the skin. The tool heats the layers of skin beneath the surface, stimulating the production of collagen for a tighter, smoother appearance. The procedure can be done in a doctor’s office, has no significant downtime and discomfort during and after the procedure is minimal. The full results of the procedure will be seen within three to six months, and the results may last several years. In addition to minimizing the appearance of crow’s feet, Thermage can also improve the look of the upper and lower eyelids.
Chemical Peels and/or Microdermabrasion
Two other popular ways to minimize fine lines and wrinkles around the eye area are Chemical Peels and Microdermabrasion.
Chemical peels use a light alphahydroxy acid to remove the surface skin cells, leaving you with a smooth, vibrant skin. This should be performed in a doctors office or a medical spa (when treating the delicate eye area)
Microdermabrasion uses crystals to sand off the surface skin. Again, when working with the eye area you are safer to have the procedure performed in a doctors office or medical spa