Crow’s feet are anything but pleasing. They are caused by repetitive facial expressions such as smiling or squinting. With these expressions, you are contracting the muscles around your eyes over and over again. As we age, these wrinkles can become more permanent and obvious. Harmful UV rays from the sun are also a major contributing factor. Crow’s feet are one of the first signs of aging, and more often than not, we wish to get rid of them in the simplest way possible.
As with all facial rejuvenation, Dr. Capek follows her ‘stair-step’ approach, starting with the least invasive treatments, all the way up to surgical options. Many ‘steps’ work together to achieve the best results.
Step 1: Good skin care, using medical-grade topical eye creams is important to hydrate the skin and to slow the aging process. While these are effective in our younger years for prevention, they can only go so far as we get older and may not give you the correction you are looking for.
Step 2: Neuromodulators, such as Botox, Xeomin and Dysport as frequently recommended as the next step in minimizing crow’s feet. This extremely popular injectable treatment takes a minute to perform and within a week, relaxes the squinting muscles around your eyes, which softens the appearance of crow’s feet. There is usually no downtime and these results look very natural, also subtly ‘liting’ the brows, especially if combined with injecting the ‘11’s’ between your eyebrows.
Step 3: If your crows feet are already ‘etched’ into the skin even with your face relaxed, the addition of a low-viscosity HA filler like Belotero may be helpful. This filler is a good option for fine lines and also works wonders under the eyes where you may get hollow over time. Best results are achieved in combination with Steps 1 & 2 in addition to this filler.
Step 4: Laser resurfacing is another great way to rejuvenate the areas around the eyelids and correct those pesky crow’s feet. A neuromodulator like Botox, in combination with a laser resurfacing treatment like PEARL, really improves the results since the squinting muscles are relaxed as you heal.
Step 5: The best results to get rid of deeper crow’s feet come from a combination of laser resurfacing and a brow lift. Although eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, will improve drooping skin or bags around the eyelids, a brow lift tightens the skin over the temple and outer area where crow’s feet reside, taking it a step further for dramatically improved results.
Call today to schedule your consultation for a brow lift with Dr. Capek!