If you are looking to get rid of crow’s feet around the eyes, there are plenty of options. Discover which are most effective and which are most costly.
The most economical way to deal with crow’s feet is to delay their emergence as long as possible. There are plenty of preventative measures that you can take to minimize the appearance of crow’s feet.
Undesired Facial Expressions. Habitually repeating a facial expression, such as squinting, can lead to the appearance of wrinkles. Wearing glasses if necessary and always wearing sunglasses will go a long way in keeping those eye wrinkles at bay.
Skin Care. The skin around the eyes is delicate and requires delicate treatment. Wash your face gently, pat it dry, and always apply a good moisturizer with sunscreen.
Minimally Invasive-Moderately Expensive
For those requiring a little extra help in smoothing those fine lines and wrinkles, science has gifted youth seekers with injectable treatments. Requiring little more than scheduled visits to the doctor’s office, injectable options require little to no downtime and are a cost effective alternative to cosmetic surgery.
Botox®. Botulinum toxin type A and Botulinum toxin type B are fillers derived from bacteria and work to block nerve signals to the muscle. By injecting Botox® directly into a specific muscle, the impulse to contract is temporarily blocked smoothing the effected facial lines. Originally unveiled for medical disorders, this filler has been in use for almost thirty years. Results are generally achieved in three to seven days and last three to four months. Side effects experienced are generally mild and temporary and may include soreness, bruising, and/or headaches.
Cosmetic Dermal Fillers. Injectable fillers are used to plump areas that have declined with age and to smooth out wrinkles. Commonly used fillers include collagen, self-donated fat, and hyaluronic acid, makers of which include the recognizable names Juvederm®, Perlane® and Restylane®.
Effective—Most Expensive Expensive
Today’s technology offers many effective options to rejuvenate the skin. Because these mild surgical procedures must be performed in a hospital or clinical setting, they are often far more expensive than fillers or cosmeceuticals, but the results are generally more dramatic and longer lasting.
Laser technology. Laser resurfacing can improve many flaws and is an effective treatment for crow’s feet. Ablative lasers, such as carbon dioxide or erbium lasers, work to heat and remove skin tissue, one layer at a time to reveal fresh skin beneath. The procedure has been described as mildly uncomfortable.
A second option is the non-ablative laser, which works beneath the skin’s surface to tighten the skin, rather than heating to remove the skin’s outer layer. Since this is a non-wounding procedure, the healing time is generally much faster than that of traditional laser technologies. Which laser procedure is right for you will depend on your needs.
Chemical Peels. Chemical peels are effective at improving minor imperfections and fine lines, which make this procedure an option for mild crow’s feet. By applying a chemical agent that includes an acid such as an alpha hydroxy acid, the surface skin is wounded causing it to peel away revealing newer skin beneath. Patients have described the pain associated with this procedure as a hot or stinging sensation that is temporary.
Dermabrasion. In a dermabrasion procedure, skin is physically removed utilizing a high-speed rotary tool to reveal fresher skin beneath. A local anesthetic is generally applied and in some cases, the patient may require further medication to ease discomfort during and after the procedure. Patients can expect discomfort for a few days following the procedure.
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