A lifetime spent smiling is a good thing. But when the wrinkles become etched in place, it is no laughing matter for many of us. The area around the eyes is one of the most wrinkle-prone places on your face and crow’s feet are among the first signs of aging. Fortunately, there are some great cosmetic treatments that can help erase those character lines. Dr. Yael Halaas, one of New York’s top facial plastic surgeons, shares her top 4 treatments for crow’s feet.
Tired and true, Botox is an injectable treatment for dynamic wrinkles. Botox works by temporarily inhibiting muscle movement. Its active ingredient, derived from bacteria, interrupts the transmission of chemicals that signal a muscle to move. The result? The muscle – and overlying skin – relaxes. Botox softens existing wrinkles and helps prevent new ones from forming. Injections last about 6 months and periodic touch-ups are recommended to maintain results.
2. Laser Facial Resurfacing
Laser treatments are highly effective and can smooth out your crow’s feet. Photorejuvenation, or intense pulsed light treatments (IPL), can improve the texture of the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The Palomar Icon Aesthetic system, for example, is a versatile technology that can be precisely calibrated to address specific concerns. The Palomar Icon’s 2940 fractional laser is especially designed for wrinkles and textural irregularities, including around the eyes. Laser treatments may carry some risks of hyperpigmentation for those with darker skin, so check with your doctor to see if you are the best candidate.
3. Facial Fillers
Another popular non-surgical solution that we often combine with Botox is facial fillers. Safe and long-lasting, dermal fillers have become a go-to treatment for those seeking to plump up depleted skin. Today, the new fillers on the market contain lidocaine to minimize pain or discomfort when injected. Belotero Balance, a hyaluronic acid-based filler, can be injected around the eyes to ease the prominence of crow’s feet. Voluma and Juvéderm are also products that work well around the eyes and in the cheek area. Hyaluronic acid is naturally made by our bodies and fillers that contain it are highly tolerated and are used on all skin types.
4. Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty
In some cases, a cosmetic surgery may be an option. Dr. Halaas performs upper eyelid blepharoplasty, which can help alleviate sagging lids and brighten the eyes. Opening up the eyes can help lessen the noticeability of other wrinkles. When combined with an injectable treatment, eyelid surgery can have a dramatic, yet subtle effect.
If you are not sure what is the best way to minimize the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes and crow’s feet, contact our NYC office today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Halaas can help determine the best anti-aging treatment plan for you – she is extremely experienced with all major non-surgical treatments.
Written by Dr. Halaas