A genuine smile always causes wrinkles around the eyes, also known as crow’s feet. in the past, freezing overactive muscles and preventing wrinkles was considered the best and only way to treat these wrinkles. But knowing what we do about the importance of these lines in creating genuine and deep human connection, Reflections takes a different approach. We believe the best cosmetic results are the ones that look natural, which includes natural facial expressions. For that reason, Botox is only one of many techniques and treatments we use to eliminate crow’s feet.
- Can you get rid of crow's feet?
Absolutely! Injectables and dermal fillers such as Botox, lasers, and a quality skincare routine will all help to get rid of and prevent crow's feet.
- What is the cause of crow's feet?
Crow's feet are small wrinkles around the eyes that are caused by facial expressions, especially eye movements like squinting or laughing. The loss of skin elasticity (its ability to bounce back) combined with normal facial expressions causes wrinkles to gradually develop around the eyes.
- What age do crow's feet appear?
Crow's feet can begin to develop as early as your mid-20s but most commonly become apparent by the time you are in your mid-late 30s. It depends on many factors like how well you care for your skin and the natural
- What is the fastest way to get rid of crow's feet?
Botox is one of the most effective ways to get rid of crow's feet and the results are instant.
- What is the best treatment for wrinkles around eyes?
Although Botox is one of the most common treatments, there are several other injectables and fillers we use that create beautiful results and effectively treat wrinkles around the eyes. Laser treatments and skin care products with retinoids are also great treatment options.
Causes of Crow’s Feet
Crow’s feet are the wrinkles that radiate out from the corner of our eyes towards our temples. They form from repeated squinting, smiling, and tightly closing of the eyes and are made worse when the skin is also damaged by sun damage, diet, environmental factors, and a lack of proper skincare support.
Other Wrinkles Around the Eyes
If you have wrinkles that are underneath the eye, please visit our under eyes page to learn about those treatments. If you have wrinkles in the upper eyelid, please visit our upper eyelid page to learn about those treatments.
If you are more bothered by drooping brows, which is especially common on the outer portion of the eye and can create a heavy outer corner of the eye, then please visit our brow conditions page to learn about your options.
Some new injectable procedures offer collagen-building without the downtime of laser or microneedling treatments. Dermal fillers and other injectables help form thicker, smoother, and stronger skin around the eyes to fight signs of aging like crow’s feet.
Sculptra is a unique type of dermal filler that doesn’t provide immediate results but instead stimulates widespread collagen development underneath the skin. Usually, Sculptra is injected into the entire face during each treatment to create a strong, long-lasting layer of natural support that fights against collagen loss due to aging.
Nova PDO Injectable Mesh is a new product that provides immediate moderate to firm support for crow’s feet. A mesh of injectable filaments bolsters the skin in a cross-hatched pattern to create strong support. These filaments are made of PDO, a dissolving compound that stimulates new collagen production. As the filaments dissolve over 3-6 months, the body builds new collagen in its place to create a lasting result.
There are several different types of laser and energy-based devices that work by targeting the skin’s deepest layers with heat to stimulate collagen regrowth and tighten the skin. Ultherapy, Sofwave, ThermiSmooth, Fraxel Repair and Fraxel Restore, CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing, Exilis Ultra, microneedling, and RF Microneedling all provide varying levels of skin tightening and collagen regrowth. Each of these treatments is slightly different.
These lasers differ in how invasive the treatment is, how intense or long the recovery period is, and how big of a result you can expect to see from a single treatment. In general, the less invasive a treatment and the shorter the downtime, the more likely you’ll need a series of treatments to achieve the same result as you would with 1 treatment from a more intense technology.
With all of these procedures, your body has to react to the treatment before big results can be seen, which usually takes 3-6 months with additional improvement up to a year post-treatment. The results are from your body’s own growth of new collagen and tissue, so they last longer and look natural. Because there’s no overnight transformation with these treatments, your results won’t give away that you’ve had something done. Instead, you can expect compliments like, “You look amazing. I never noticed how bright your eyes are!”
Skincare, especially sunscreen and retinol, play a big role in preventing new wrinkles from forming. In studies on Caucasian skin types, sun damage accounted for 80% of visible aging, including the majority of wrinkle creation. There have not been sufficient studies into other skin types to determine the amount of damage caused by sun exposure, but it’s safe to say sun damage does create a very noticeable difference when it comes to wrinkles.
Sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 should be applied daily to the face prior to any commute or time outdoors. Retinols and retinoids are key components of an anti-aging skincare routine. These products are vitamin A derivatives that have been proven to speed cell turnover and reduce wrinkles over time.
Dermal fillers are the best choice for supporting wrinkled skin and smoothing away wrinkles quickly. We offer every type of FDA-approved dermal filler at our office because each is slightly different, and having all the best products in our arsenal ensures we never sacrifice or compromise the result we can provide to our patients. Naturally, when it comes to certain treatment areas like the crow’s feet, we have our favorites:
Restylane Refyne is a dermal filler specially formulated to hold up to high movement areas, with a very thin, soft consistency. This is quickly becoming our go-to for crow’s feet because it naturally matches the look and feel of the tissue and skin around the eye while lasting much longer than previous dermal fillers at least a full year.
Restylane was the very first dermal filler to be approved by the FDA and has always been one of our favorites for around the eyes because it’s not hydrophilic, meaning it won’t attract and hold onto water increasing the volume of the product over time. When you’re injecting around the eyes, that’s important because you don’t want to create puffiness or distort the area.
Vollure is a newer brand of dermal filler from Allergan, the makers of Botox and Juvederm. We’re very excited to have a filler from Juvederm that’s less hydrophilic (doesn’t add volume to the area as time goes by, unlike other Juvederm products) and is smooth and soft like the original Juvederm.
Silk and Belotero are very viscous (thin) dermal fillers that flow smoothly and move easily, replicating the same natural tissue properties of healthy skin around the eyes. This makes them good choices for those with very thin skin and fine lines that need gentle or soft support.
Botox and Dysport are the 2 most well-known injectables that relax overactive muscles and soften facial expressions, but there are now several wrinkle relaxers that have received FDA approval for safety and efficacy.
Overdone wrinkle relaxers will freeze away all your natural movement. While freezing these muscles will prevent future wrinkles, it also creates an unnatural result. Our award-winning physician injectors have mastered the art of conservative, natural-looking, and natural-moving results. Our goal with these products is to soften your facial expressions which are leading to wrinkles, and thus soften those wrinkles and prevent them from worsening.
Botox can’t repair the damage that creates wrinkles, but it does prevent future damage or worsening of wrinkles. Underneath wrinkles, the skin has lost its normal support structures built of collagen and elastin. You can replace those structures with other forms of support, or you can work to rebuild that collagen and elastin. Both work well. Treatments that rebuild the support structure of collagen take longer to create a result because they rely upon your body’s own natural processes.
With all injectables, it’s important to understand that the product used is less important than the skill of the provider performing that treatment. Think of it like a carpenter with his tool belt ready to build some custom cabinets for your kitchen. You don’t care whether he uses a Phillip’s-head screwdriver or a flathead screwdriver, or whether he uses a power drill or not. You care about how well the seams fit together and the quality and longevity of his work. Each carpenter may feel differently about those tools. But a master carpenter uses the tools he knows will create the best result. Our physicians are award-winning injectors – and all of our injectors are physicians who have years of injection experience.
Not only will you receive care from some of New Jersey’s Best Cosmetic Physicians & Plastic Surgeons, but you’ll find we have all of the best technologies at our offices. We know each technology really only does a couple of things for a couple of different types of people at the very best level and you deserve to have the options that will be the absolute best for you!
- What helps crows feet without Botox?
There are several other non-invasive procedures (Ultherapy, Sofwave, ThermiSmooth) and some minimally invasive treatments (CO2 Laser, Fraxel Laser, Smooth Threads, Microneedling, & RF Microneedling) that can boost your collagen production and help stave off wrinkles.
Ideally, you’re doing a couple of these alongside a stellar skincare routine and sun protection. Even with all of this, you likely won’t achieve as good of a result as regular Botox provides, but you can expect to age much more gracefully and greatly reduce crow’s feet.
- How can I reverse eye wrinkles naturally?
To prevent eye wrinkles from forming, avoid UV radiation (the sun and tanning beds), smoking, and wind or dry weather. To treat eye wrinkles that have already developed, switch up your skincare routine and make sure you exfoliate and moisturize daily while avoiding harsh chemicals. You can also try face rollers, facial exercises, and facial massages. A healthy diet, adequate amount of sleep, and proper allergy treatment might also contribute to the improved appearance of eye wrinkles.
- Can fillers fix crows feet?
Yes! Fillers can plump and firm the skin around the eyes to hide crow’s feet and refresh your appearance.
- Will retinol get rid of crows feet?
Retinol stimulates the production of new skin and can improve the appearance of crow’s feet and other fine lines by smoothing and tightening the skin.
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Dr. Mitchell Chasin is a Cosmetic & Laser Physician at Reflections Center. Dr. Chasin believes strongly that the best cosmetic physicians are those who are dedicated to mastering their craft through continuing education and collaboration with the industry’s top doctors.