Crow’s feet can be a good sign in some ways — the more you laugh and smile, the more likely you are to develop these fine lines around your eyes. At the same time, lines on your face aren’t always a welcome addition from an aesthetic standpoint.
And if you’ve spent a great deal of time in the sun or smoking, or if you’re genetically prone to lines surrounding your eyes, your crow’s feet may be particularly pronounced.
If you’re bothered by your crow’s feet, you don’t have to go under the knife to reduce their appearance. Nonsurgical treatments are available that allow you to keep expressing yourself fully without looking older than you feel.
Board-certified oculofacial plastic surgeon Robert M. Schwarcz, MD, and his team offer minimally invasive treatments that can minimize your crow’s feet without surgery. Here’s what you need to know.
Dysport® is a cosmetic injectable that contains botulinum toxin, an ingredient that temporarily paralyzes muscles in the treatment area. This keeps fine lines caused by movement, such as crow’s feet, from appearing. Dysport can also help prevent deeper crow’s feet down the road.
After your treatment, you can expect to notice improvements within several days. The results can last as long as 3-4 months, and you can come in for another injection to maintain those results.
While Dysport works similarly and relies on the same active ingredient, the solutions differ in certain ways. Dr. Schwarcz can help determine which product is ideal for you.
If you have particularly deep and static crow’s feet, meaning they’re visible even when your face is at rest, you may want to consider dermal fillers around your eyes. Injectable fillers instantly replace lost volume, bringing a smoother look. You walk away from your treatment with less visible crow’s feet, and results can last for 3-12 months.
Each dermal filler product contains a unique blend of ingredients, making certain ones, such as Restylane®, especially helpful for under-eye wrinkles.
Chemical peels reveal younger-looking skin using a solution that does away with the old, outer skin layer. You can choose a superficial peel, which is relatively painless, or a deeper peel, which can be quite intense and may require anesthesia.
Routine chemical peels smooth out your skin, including in the eye area. This treatment may be ideal if your crow’s feet are more visible due to damaged or lackluster skin. In general, people benefit from a superficial peel every 2-4 weeks or a medium-depth peel every 6-12 months.
To learn more about how we help you get rid of crow’s feet without surgery, or if you’re ready to get started with a treatment, call one of our offices — in the Upper East Side of Manhattan and in Scarsdale, New York — to book an appointment. You can also request an appointment using our online scheduling tool.