You Don’t Have to Live with Crow's Feet

You Don’t Have to Live with Crow's Feet

Did you know that the skin around your eyes is 40% thinner than the skin on the rest of your face? The skin in your eye area is extremely delicate. Because of this, it’s one of the first areas to show fine lines and wrinkles, such as the dreaded crow’s feet.

Crow’s feet are natural and they don’t pose a health risk. But for many people, they’re a reminder of aging and a source of embarrassment each time they smile or squint.

The good news is you don’t have to live with them if you don’t want to. Oswald Mikell, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist at Dermatology Associates of the Lowcountry. He and our team are proud to offer Botox® Cosmetic for crow’s feet and other facial wrinkles.

If you’re concerned about the wrinkles appearing at the corners of your eyes, now’s the time to learn more about why they form and what you can do about them.

All about crow’s feet

Crow’s feet are those fine wrinkles that form in the delicate skin at the outer corners of your eyes. They’re fan-shaped, and they get their nickname because they mimic the shape of a bird’s footprint.

The skin around your eyes is particularly susceptible to wrinkling because it’s so delicate. It’s one of the first areas that people notice wrinkles forming. Crow’s feet are often the result of two types of wrinkles: static and dynamic. 

Static wrinkles

Static wrinkles form due to aging and environmental factors, such as loss of collagen and sun exposure. For people with static wrinkles, these lines are visible all the time, and facial movements may exaggerate them.

Dynamic wrinkles

Dynamic wrinkles, on the other hand, develop because of facial movements. Each time you blink, squint, or smile, the skin around your eyes crinkles. Over time, the muscles that make these movements can begin to stay in a semicontracted state, thus forming lines and wrinkles.

Whether your crow’s feet are just beginning to form or you’ve had them for a while, they can impact your confidence and make you look older than you feel. Dr. Mikell and our team understand how seeing these signs of aging can affect you, and we’re here to help.

Botox for crow’s feet (and other facial wrinkles)

Botox is one of the most-requested cosmetic treatments for crow’s feet. It’s an FDA-approved injectable that targets the muscles under your facial wrinkles. By causing the muscles to relax, this allows the skin above them to smooth out.

If you’re bothered by the look of crow’s feet, schedule a Botox consultation with Dr. Mikell and our team. We offer comprehensive aesthetic evaluations to help you decide if Botox is right for you. Along with crow’s feet, Botox can treat other dynamic facial wrinkles, such as forehead lines and frown lines.

To treat crow’s feet, Dr. Mikell makes a series of small injections around the outer corner of each eye. Sessions take just a few minutes, and no downtime is required.

Over the next 24-48 hours, the Botox gently relaxes the muscles that cause your crow’s feet lines to form. Treatment can minimize the look of moderate to severe lines, and it can also help prevent new lines from forming. Results usually last up to four months, at which time you can get another treatment if you desire.

You don’t have to live with crow’s feet. To learn how Botox treatments could help you, book an appointment over the phone with Dermatology Associates of the Lowcountry today.

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