Crow’s Feet Before and After
Crow’s feet (commonly known as laugh lines) are small wrinkles radiating outwards from the outer corner of the eyes caused naturally by aging. They are called crow’s feet because they resemble the look of a crow stamping on your face and leaving their footprint. Crow’s feet are caused by aging skin. You shouldn’t worry or stress if you are showing signs of getting them or have them because there are plenty of things you can do about it.
There are a few things which advance the onslaught of crow’s feet and other wrinkles. These include smoking, squinting, drastic weight loss, exposure to the sun’s UV rays (sun damage), using drugs and damage due to chemical products and sometimes even make-up. Constant tension from things such as the sun causes these furrows to become fixed and not only show when you give a great big smile. The most common treatment is anti-wrinkle injections such as Botox and Dysport which paralyze the muscles that cause these lines to appear. If there are any lines remaining after these treatments, then dermal fillers can be used to fill remnant static wrinkles.
Before and after photo
Nita’s Botox experience. The photo shows her crow’s feet before the anti-wrinkle injections and 30 days following the treatment. There is a drastic change between the two comparison photos.
At what age are people prone to these wrinkles?
It is generally considered a fact that the majority of people develop crow’s feet in their early to late thirties but some people have more or less luck than others. Some people have even been known to develop crow’s feet in their twenties because they didn’t take proper care of their skin. If you are still at an early stage in your life please read the natural ways of preventing these wrinkles below. If you took a great deal of care for you facial skin, moisturized, wore sun-screen, minimum make-up and sunglasses as much as possible you could delay the effects of these wrinkles until your early to mid-forties. Genes also play a part in the type of skin you have and how prone it is to developing wrinkles overall.
How to get rid of laugh lines using professional treatments
There are a number of treatments you can have done to reduce crow’s feet, some of them being more expensive than others but these usually provide better results and are more permanent. Plastic/cosmetic surgery is a good option if you want these results to last a long time, you could also use “fillers” such as Juvederm injections to help but these are not permanent and could cause complications like making your eye/s water a great deal. We have outlined several treatments with descriptions below, please take a look to consider which ones you’d prefer and would be right for you. Most of the procedures below have quick recovery and healing times. You should always consult a doctor, physician or cosmetic surgeon to advise you on the best treatment considering your skin, needs and budget.
Botox/Dysport injections – These injections are the best type of injections for crow’s feet and show the best results because they paralyze the muscles and are made to treat dynamic wrinkles (such as when you squint).
Dermal fillers – Dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Radiesse and Restylane are not the best injectable treatment for crow’s feet because they are used to treat static wrinkles (not when you’re squinting) and may result in noticeable text_imageure changes where the injections have been placed.
Chemical peels or microdermabrasion – Microdermabrasion treatments have been shown to be very effective at treating deep set wrinkles on the face. They use a chemical known as aluminum oxide crystals which sort of sand off the top layer of your skin effectively reducing fine lines such as crow’s feet, there is little discomfort and a quick recovery and result time. Chemical peels are more comfortable than having 20 injections near your eyes.
Thermage – Is a single treatment procedure which is non-invasive, tightens and contours the skin. Thermage uses a radio frequency devise which ends up resurfacing skin without being as invasive as Botox. This radio frequency device stimulates the production of collagen for a much smoother and tighter look. This treatment is usually done at a cosmetic surgeon’s office or clinic. The only bad thing about having this done is that it takes a long time (generally three to six months) to see effective results. This is probably the healthiest treatment next to chemical peel that you can have.
Laser skin resurfacing – A laser is used to remove any outer skin cells making your skin look smoother and softer. Fraxel laser is a very popular and effective treatment for crow’s feet; it has been approved for a long time by the FDA for fine lines on the outer line. This is a quick procedure and takes generally between 20 to 30 minutes. It is advised you have several sessions of the fraxel laser for optimal results.
Natural ways of preventing crow’s feet
Everyone should naturally take care of the skin and we have listed a couple tings below which may be obvious if you think about it but never really considered important.
- Moisturize your skin daily.
- Try not squinting as much as possible.
- Wear sunglasses every chance you get in the sun, this will help you from squinting and the glasses will shield the area where crow’s feet develop.
- Wear sun block or sunscreen every time you go to the beach or plan on being out in the sun for an extended period of time.
- Don’t use much make-up.
- Avoid harsh chemicals on your face especially around your eyes.
- Lose weight gradually so you don’t get loose saggy skin.
Before you get them
Before developing those nasty wrinkles around the outer part of your eyes you would have looked much younger especially if they are now deep set and very stubborn and come up even without squinting.
After crow’s feet start to show
After you get crow’s feet they may not bother you at all because you’ve accepted them as a sign of aging gracefully but some others are really self-conscious and seek treatment. It is not recommended that you have more than one treatment per year to treat crow’s feet as this could potentially damage your skin further and cause unwanted blemishes.
Is Botox the best option?
Botox is definitely not the “best” option but it is an option none the less. Some people are scared of needles and find them painful so looking at a laser technique or chemical peel sounds more inviting.
Moisturizing cream – $5-$100, it is advised you moisturize your skin around the eyes at least every two days to prevent getting unwanted wrinkles.
Sunglasses – $20-$300, these will help you a lot from squinting and setting these wrinkles off.
Botox – $200-$600, very effective and used very commonly but these results are not permanent.
Thermage – $1000.
Microdermabrasion or chemical peel – $200 to $400.
After my eyes started getting bad, I was squinting a lot at the computer screen. I also never wore sunglasses and now I’m paying the price. I started using Botox injections about three years ago for both crow’s feet and forehead lines. At first I didn’t like the feeling but the results looked great. I didn’t have that ridiculous stretched out look and no one could really tell I had it done. It’s serving me quite well and keeping me young.
Submitted by Tony on March 21, 2012
More before and after photos
Jeanie has Botox to help her with her crow’s feet. The injections work and now she doesn’t get crow’s feet anymore when she smiles.
Allyson no longer has crow’s feet anymore after having Botox injections injected near her eyes. They will last at least a few month’s and she’s completely satisfied with the procedure.
Pearlie gets Botox for her crow’s feet. Now they’re almost completely gone. If only the treatment lasted forever like some dermal fillers.
Lonnie’s crow’s feet are now gone after having Botox injections.
- Muscle relaxing injections
- Total FX
- Eye bag removal
- Eyelid surgery
- Laser skin resurfacing
- Fraxel laser
- Chemical peels
- Phenol peels
- TCA peels
- Blue peel
- Hyaluronic acid fillers
- Silikon 1000
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