Crow’s Feet are the wrinkles that form around the eye in a pattern similar to the feet of a crow. They become more obvious when smiling.
As we age, we lose collagen and elastin in the skin causing the natural elasticity of the skin to diminish and the skin to thin and wrinkle. The skin loses its ability to stretch and recover and as a result repetitive smiling causes Crow’s Feet and smile lines to become etched in the skin as you age. Other factors such as sun exposure and smoking can also hasten this process.
Anti Wrinkle Injections are an effective and simple treatment to smooth out Crow’s Feet. Antiwrinkle Injections relax the thin circular muscle around the eye called the orbicularis oculi muscle. By weakening the contraction of the underlying muscle, it softens the lines when smiling and prevents lines from forming. There are different patterns of crow’s feet depending on the individual. Each patient has individual anatomy, goals, and facial balance therefore we individualize every treatment.
In select patients, small amounts of Antiwrinkle Injections can also be strategically placed to improve lines under the eyes. This requires experience to assess whether you are suitable for this treatment. The skin elasticity and the presence of muscle, not fat need to be considered when assessing this. If performed incorrectly, it can cause puffiness under the eye or even drop the lower eyelid.
Over-treating the Crow’s Feet with Anti Wrinkle Injections should be avoided as it may lead to an unnatural look. The upper cheek may flatten appearing as a “shelf” when smiling. This can be partially compensated with the use of Dermal Fillers.
Even though most Crow’s Feet lines disappear, if you smile hard enough, this may push the cheek up and a few lines may will still form from the bunching of the skin. Lines that are deeply etched and present even when not smiling may soften but may not always completely disappear.
It’s important to seek treatment from experienced practitioners. Since 2002, Face To Face Medical has been a respected name in cosmetic treatments, including Anti-Wrinkle Injections, across Melbourne. Our team of Doctors and nurses include Dr Dahlia Tauber, who has had extensive experience in the use of Anti Wrinkle Injections in Melbourne and is a clinical trainer of other injectors in the use of Anti Wrinkle Injections in Melbourne, all around Australia, and overseas. She is the author of the widely used manual in the use of Anti Wrinkle Injections.
We all have some lines when we smile however when the lines remain when we’re not smiling, they are more difficult to remove. Although wrinkles appear with age, people with very expressive faces can get them early on. For that reason, there is no specific timeline for seeking treatment for Crow’s Feet lines. Preventing these lines from forming is easier than trying to reverse them. Therefore, starting your treatment just before they become permanently etched is recommended.
Treatment is usually straight forward with no downtime however there are potential risks associated with the placement of the injections. For this reason, it should only be performed by an experienced practitioner. If Antiwrinkle Injections are placed too low on the cheek it can inadvertently weaken the muscles responsible for smiling, causing a temporary crooked smile. If injections are placed too close to the eye, temporary double vision may occur. This is rare and resolves after a few weeks.
Once the Antiwrinkle Injections have addressed the cause of the crow’s feet i.e., the repeated contraction of the eye muscle (orbicularis oculi), Dermal Fillers can be considered. Dermal Fillers can be used to soften and fill established crow’s feet lines however the skin around the eyes is thin and delicate, so fillers may appear lumpy if not performed by an experienced injector. Dermal Fillers can also refresh the area around the crow’s feet if you have lost volume under your eyes, or in your cheeks leading to a more natural appearance.
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