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Botox for Crows Feet

Find out about Botox injections and treatment for crows feet, also referred to as laugh lines or smile lines

How does Botox remove Crow’s Feet?

When it comes to the removal of wrinkles, you’ve probably heard whispers – or even glowing reviews – of Botox treatment. Botox is the number one, most popular, non-invasive cosmetic procedure in the United States. Its ability to treat and reduce the appearance of fine lines, frown lines, forehead line and laugh lines has kept it at the forefront of cosmetic skincare treatments for over two decades.

Botox cosmetic injectables have recently become a popular treatment for one other facial wrinkle: if you’re noticing a subtle crease around the corners of your eyes, you may be considering Botox treatment for outer canthal lines, also known as crow’s feet. Daily squinting and smiling can often deepen the lines surrounding the eyes, and though careful skincare practices like a high SPF sunscreen and a daily skincare routine can help to prevent premature signs of aging, the development of fine lines and wrinkles is a fact of life. Botox injections are able to not only reduce the appearance of crow’s feet lines, but also prevent further development of dynamic (expression-based) wrinkles.

If you are interested in reducing the appearance of crow’s feet lines, board-certified, NYC cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Michele Green is here to help. Dr. Green was one of the first dermatologists in New York to incorporate Botox injections into her treatment of fine lines and to reverse the visible signs of aging. Botox treatments and dermal fillers are the most popular cosmetic procedure in the office of Dr. Michele Green. Besides from treating fine lines and wrinkles, Botox is also used to prevent visible wrinkles from forming. Since there is no downtime from Botox injections, treating these wrinkles from facial expressions has never been easier. Contact the office today to learn how Dr. Green can create your customized anti-aging plan.

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Before and after – Botox for crows feet

Can Botox help crow’s feet?

Due to Botox’s ability to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, it can be used not only to reduce the signs of aging as they appear, but also as a preventative measure, stopping the development of wrinkles in their tracks. Many patients in their 30s and 40s have worked with Dr. Green to maintain their youthful glow while it’s still shining, thereby leading to younger looking skin in the long-term.

Botox is an excellent solution to improve the appearance of crow’s feet without the need for downtime, unlike invasive plastic surgery procedures. Whether you’re looking to preserve your perfect smile or to reduce the appearance of lines around the corners of the eyes, Botox is an effective, recommended option for the majority of patients seeking crow’s feet cosmetic treatment.

How does Botox work for crow’s feet?

Botox is an injectable cosmetic treatment that is classified as a neuromodulator, meaning that it affects the nerve signals to targeted muscle groups in order to relax muscles at or near the injection site. Its active ingredient is botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin that essentially “freezes” muscles, thus preventing facial muscles from developing wrinkles due to overuse. It has been FDA approved since 2002 for cosmetic use, and also has several medical uses, including treatment of hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).

Not only can you get Botox for crow’s feet, but treatment of crow’s feet lines seems to be the most popular use for Botox injections according to the Mayo Clinic, and it’s no surprise. This subtle cosmetic treatment uses ultra-fine needles to target orbicularis-oculi, which is a ring-shaped muscle surrounding the eye. The Botox injection then relaxes the muscles surrounding the eye, giving you a fresh, free-and-easy appearance.

Does Botox for crow’s feet look natural?

Thankfully, Botox for crow’s feet is designed to look utterly natural. Sometimes, a patient may feel intimidated by the prospect of injectables, particularly for preventative care, for fear of a “frozen face” or the inability to create normal facial expressions. However, with a knowledgeable medical professional like Dr. Green, these risks are impossibly low.

Dr. Green’s goal with any treatment is to fulfill your aesthetic goals while ensuring your safety and comfort, and she’ll work with you to make sure you have the natural look you’re seeking. For those who are nervous about trying Botox treatment for the first time, Dr. Green recommends a lower dosage to start, and then further consultation once the results are fully in effect. Plus, the results of Botox last 3-4 months, so any changes are completely temporary.

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Woman treated with Botox for crows feet

How does Botox help crow’s feet?

Botox for crow’s feet is a simple, painless process. Dr. Green recommends a topical anesthetic along the targeted injection site, and the injection process itself takes only a few minutes. In order to prepare for your treatment, we recommend that you come with a freshly-cleaned face. After treatment, you are welcome to clean your face and wear makeup as you normally would that day. The full effects of treatment should be apparent within 3-4 days afterwards, leaving you with a rejuvenated, relaxed appearance.

Is there any downtime from Botox for crow’s feet?

While some patients may experience mild bruising, as is a risk with any injectable, the majority of patients have virtually no recovery time whatsoever. Botox treatments for facial wrinkles are often referred to as “lunchtime treatments” as the process is so fast and simple!

Where is Botox injected for crow’s feet?

To know where to inject Botox for crow’s feet, one should always seek the advice of an expert in Botox injection. Dr. Green typically uses an ultra-fine needle to inject a small dosage of Botox into the muscle surrounding the eye, targeting the orbicularis-oculi. This injection site blocks the nerve signals to the muscles that cause crow’s feet, relaxing those small muscles in the treatment area, and creating smooth, youthful skin surrounding the eyes.

How much Botox/units are needed for crow’s feet?

The amount of Botox needed for any procedure is dependent on the individual undergoing Botox treatment. Differences in the size of the muscle, the level of overuse of the specific muscle, and the depth of any lines or wrinkles can all change the dosage necessary, which is why working with an expert injector is so important. However, there are some standard unit measures that are common amongst patients which can be used as a guide. When it comes to crow’s feet, 5-15 units is the standard range for units of Botox. For more information on Botox unit recommendations, you can check out our reference page here.

What is the best age to start having Botox treatment?

In the past, Botox has been popular amongst those who were interested in rejuvenating their look and preserving their youth, but were looking for a less permanent adjustment than something a plastic surgeon might offer. Today, Botox has been proven to be a flexible, reliable option for those seeking to reduce the signs of aging at any age. Since fine lines, such as crow’s feet around the eyes and forehead wrinkles are formed from dynamic muscle movement, the use of Botox early on will prevent this movement and prevent wrinkle formation.

Preventative Botox treatment starting with patients in their 30’s has become a popular, easy, and noninvasive way for patients to keep looking young and wrinkle-free as they age, as Botox’s ability to relax targeted muscles not only reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but also can prevent those lines from forming in the first place. Contact the office today to learn more about using Botox as a preventative measure, as well as what treatment plan will best fit your skincare needs.

How does Botox compare to Dysport or Xeomin?

Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin all share botulinum toxin type A as the driving mechanism behind their success; they simply differ in their accessory proteins and final make-up. Botox is manufactured by the Allergan Corporation, the makers of Juvederm and Kybella injections. Botox injections consist of onabotulinumtoxinA, Dysport is made of abobotulinumtoxinA, and Xeomin of incobotulinumtoxinA. Dysport is FDA approved for the treatment of glabellar lines, but it is less concentrated than Botox and therefore requires a greater number of units to achieve the same effects as Botox. Xeomin is a unique neuromodulator that in fact does not have accessory proteins; it’s botulinum toxin in a pure form, and therefore can be an excellent treatment option for those who have developed any resistance to Botox or Dysport, which can occur over time with those who regularly use either of these treatments. Each of these neurotoxins, when used to treat crow’s feet, last three to four months in duration.

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Can you use Dysport for crow’s feet?

Yes, you can use any neurotoxin, such as Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, or Jeuveau to treat crow’s feet around the eyes.

What other eye rejuvenation procedures can you combine with Botox?

Botox can be used in combination with a variety of rejuvenation procedures, including facials, dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Kybella, and CoolSculpting treatments. One very popular eye rejuvenation procedure is the injection of dermal fillers into the tear trough, or under eye area. Injecting Restylane or Belotero into the tear trough helps replace lost volume and treat under eye hollows, which are very aging, and can be combined with Botox injections during the same visit.

When it comes to treatments such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion, treatment plans are evaluated by Dr. Green on a case by case basis. Though lighter chemical peels are typically ok to pair with Botox, it may be best to schedule heavier peels and microdermabrasion treatments separately. Microneedling is also an extremely popular procedure to combine with Botox. Microneedling with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) helps to improve fine lines, texture, and tone around the skin, including the delicate skin around the eye area.

Laser treatments, like with the Clear + Brilliant or Fraxel Lasers, can also occur in tandem with Botox treatment, provided the laser site is separate from the injection site. The eMatrix Sublative RF laser has a special tip that is able to remove fine lines and improve texture on the skin around the eye area. If the laser treatment coincides with the Botox injection site, Dr. Green will be able to evaluate whether the two procedures can occur simultaneously.

Can you combine Botox with Juvederm filler?

For crow’s feet, Botox is an effective treatment that can also be used alongside other procedures, such as dermal fillers, if there are other issues that an individual wishes to treat in tandem. One popular combination is Botox with Juvederm. In addition to this, forehead lines and forehead wrinkles can also be treated with Botox at the same time as treating the area around the eyes. Botox pairs well with Juvederm for rejuvenating eye treatments, as Botox can work to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet lines while Juvederm plumps the skin below the eye, reducing the appearance of dark circles that often deepen with age.

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Male patient treated with Botox for Crows Feet

The combination of Botox and dermal fillers has been deemed a “liquid facelift” by many, as it helps to both relax muscles and enhance the natural collagen and elastin production of the skin cells, leading to fuller, more youthful skin.

What are the side effects from Botox?

Some patients experience mild bruising or swelling at or near the injection site, though this uncommon with a trained injector. In less than 1% of patients, side effects have included muscle weakness, droopy eyelids or double vision, as well as allergic reactions, and these more dangerous side effects make it all the more crucial that a trained medical professional work with you for any cosmetic Botox treatment.

What is the cost for Botox crow’s feet treatment?

The cost for Botox crow’s feet treatment is of course dependent on the needs and aesthetic goals of each individual patient. Generally speaking, Botox for crow’s feet ranges in price depending on the expertise of the treating physician versus a medspa or clinic. The cost also varies depending on where it is performed in the United States.

How long does Botox take to work on crow’s feet?

Generally, you will notice the effect of Botox in a few days, but it takes two full weeks to appreciate the full effect of your Botox treatment for crow’s feet.

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Botox for crows feet – 2 weeks before and after

How often do you inject Botox for crow’s feet?

Botox for any area of cosmetic injection usually lasts between 3 and 4 months so many patients choose to have Botox injected three times a year for the best cosmetic results and to prevent dynamic wrinkles from forming.

How long does Botox last?

Botox is wonderful in that it is a temporary treatment that can be adjusted over time, but unfortunately that flexibility does mean that the positive effects of Botox are not permanent. The effects of Botox typically lasts 3-4 months, and recurring maintenance for many Botox treatments is common.

Does Botox treat under eye darkness?

Botox treats the dynamic wrinkles around the eye area. However, Botox injections will not improve the pigmentation or darkness under the eyes. Mesopeels or dermal fillers into the tear trough area will help to improve this delicate under eye area.

Will Botox fix crow’s feet permanently?

Alas, due to the temporary effects of Botox, Botox is unable to fix crow’s feet permanently. However, if Botox treatment is used for preventative measures, it can help to keep the appearance of crow’s feet from developing nearly entirely, almost permanently reducing the signs of aging with continued use.

How has social media made Botox injections even more popular?

From a single Google search, it’s clear: Botox injections are no longer a “Hollywood Secret” as celebrities like Cindy Crawford, Kelly Ripa and Vanessa Williams have all revealed in interviews that they have used Botox in order to maintain a natural but rejuvenated appearance. More recently, studies have investigated the relationship between social media and pressure to adhere to certain cosmetic “trends,” including pressure to try dermal fillers and Botox.

At the end of the day, most social media mavens and red carpet starlets agree: any cosmetic treatment should support you in your skincare journey, and help you to feel as confident as possible at any stage of life. Dr. Green is here to support you, from skincare routines to Botox procedures, ensuring that you love the way you look.

How do I treat crow’s feet with Botox today?

Botox injections are an amazing procedure to rejuvenate the eye area, especially when combined with other cosmetic treatments such as lasers, chemical peels and dermal fillers. If you are ready for Botox eye rejuvenation to remove your crow’s feet, or any additional cosmetic treatments, Dr. Michele Green is an expert in NYC in non-invasive cosmetic rejuvenation. To schedule a consultation for the treatment of fine lines or facial wrinkles, contact us online, or call us at 212-535-3088

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