Don’t Let Your Crow’s Feet Win
Who doesn’t hate crow’s feet? From telling people you’ve aged to showing them you have a poor sleep schedule, crow’s feet can be extremely frustrating. If left untreated, crow’s feet can become even worse and ruin the beauty and youthfulness of your face.
Thankfully, we now have a cosmetic solution to crow’s feet: Botox. Botox is an incredibly popular injectable option for dealing with those embarrassing fine lines.
Botox is a chemical product made from Botulinum toxin type A. It can be injected into the skin to reduce the appearance of a number of fine lines and wrinkles, including crow’s feet, glabellar lines, horizontal forehead lines, and chin wrinkles. It can also be used to address vertical neck bands.
Unlike other dermal injectables, Botox doesn’t fill in the skin tissues to reduce the appearance of folds. Instead, Botox has neuroinhibitory properties to relax the contracted muscles in the areas of the face that have wrinkles.
Once Botox is injected into the areas where you have crow’s feet, the underlying muscles stop receiving the signals that tell them to contract. They relax, thereby allowing the skin to lie flat, reducing the appearance of crow’s feet.
The Botox Procedure
The Botox treatment starts with a consultation with Dr. Forman at his office. He evaluates the extensiveness of your crow’s feet and advises you about the quantity of Botox that needs to be used. He will help you set realistic expectations regarding results and will chart a treatment plan for you.
Botox isn’t designed to be used by expecting or lactating women. If you are pregnant or lactating, it’s best that you inform the doctor so that he can create an alternative treatment plan for you. If you’re on any medications, this is also the right time to tell the doctor.
The Botox treatment takes around 15 minutes to complete and can be done without any preparation beforehand. Botox doesn’t contain any anesthetic as an ingredient, and the doctor may offer a local anesthetic or other numbing agent if required.
Next, Dr. Forman takes a syringe of Botox and injects it into the contracted muscles. He uses small quantities and injects the Botox at various points.
After the Botox injection, you may notice minor swelling and bruising in the treatment areas. These will fade away in a day or two.
You are advised not to use makeup, contacts, or any undereye creams for 24 to 48 hours. You also need to stay away from alcohol for a day and avoid direct sunlight for a few days.
The effects of the Botox won’t be visible for at least 24 hours. When they do appear, you will notice a significant reduction in the number of crow’s feet under your eyes.
The results of the Botox will be apparent for three to four months, after which you will need to schedule a follow-up session.
Your Botox Consultation
Doctors Roger Friedman, Douglas Forman, Kathy Huang, and Anita Kulkarni are board-certified plastic surgeons with a wide variety of skills in aesthetic procedures. Contact our office to arrange a Botox consultation.