Jan 19 2016

If You Have Crow's Feet, We Can Get Rid of Them

Treatment for Crow's Feet - Botox - Mystic, CT

An older woman smilingPatients who visit Coastal Dermatology don't just look great, they feel great. That's because our Mystic skin care center offers safe and effective anti-aging wrinkle treatments as well as tips for keeping those wrinkles at bay.

Crow's feet can be a major problem if you want to look your best. Let's consider the causes of crow's feet, some treatments that can help fight them, and some simple tips for preventing these wrinkles.

About Crow's Feet

Crow's feet refer to those problematic lines that form at the corners of the eyes, ones which are most commonly associated with signs of advanced aging. These lines are part of the aging process, though they may occur prematurely, affecting the appearance of the face and making you look years and years older.

Common Causes of Crow's Feet

While crow's feet occur due to aging, there are certain things that can exacerbate their appearance or accelerate their formation.

The most common cause of crow's feet is typically sun damage to the skin. Years and years of sun exposure causes issues with skin appearance and skin laxity, resulting in the formation of wrinkles.

In addition to sun damage, smoking and the use of tobacco products has been known to lead to worse wrinkles, which is just another reason to quit.

Since the eyes are quite expressive, crow's feet tend to become more pronounced as you squint or scrunch your face more. This helps explain an important distinction about different types of wrinkles.

Understanding Dynamic and Static Wrinkles

Dynamic wrinkles are wrinkles that are most pronounced when making certain facial expressions or moving your face in a certain manner.

Static wrinkles are wrinkles that are visible even if your facial expression is blank.

Crow's feet can be static, though they may also be dynamic given how the skin reacts to certain facial expressions.

Skin Resurfacing and Rejuvenation

For many lines and wrinkles of the face, one of the best options for treatment is skin resurfacing. This type of treatment helps remove damaged surface layers of skin and reveal a healthier, smoother, and suppler layer of skin beneath. There are different kinds of peels and resurfacing procedures available depending on the nature of your facial wrinkles.

BOTOX® Cosmetic Injections

BOTOX® injections are another great option to consider for crow's feet. BOTOX® Cosmetic helps stop muscle contractions in the injection site, which helps dynamic wrinkles in that area fade. The results of BOTOX® injections last for several months, and repeat treatments can be performed as needed.

 

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

PRP can reduce the fine lines, sagging, and darkening that happens under and around the eyes. This treatment is a more natural approach, using your own platelets to stimulate new collagen growth, your collagen, to make it tighter and firmer. Usually a series of treatments is recommended. PRP can be done on other sites, most commonly the entire face to give an overall tighter and smoother look.

Determining the Ideal Treatment for You

During a consultation at our practice, we can determine the ideal wrinkle reduction treatment for you and your needs. Some patients may benefit from a combination of skin resurfacing and cosmetic injections, allowing them to undergo a full anti-aging makeover.

Tips for Preventing Crow's Feet

When it comes to preventing the formation of crow's feet, there are a few simple things you can do.

  • Wear sunglasses when outdoors
  • Wear a hat with a brim when outdoors
  • Use sunblock to protect your skin
  • Stay hydrated and use a good moisturizer
  • Quit smoking and using tobacco products in general

Schedule a Consultation at Coastal Dermatology

For more information about your many different treatment options for crow's feet and other issues affecting facial aesthetics, we encourage you to contact our our skin care and rejuvenation center today. The team at Coastal Dermatology will help you achieve a youthful and refreshed appearance.

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