It’s been said that the eyes are the window to the soul. They’re one of the most expressive areas of the face - they squint when we’re angry, open wide when we’re excited, and crinkle when we smile. The skin near the corners of the eyes endures a lot of muscle activity over the years. As we age, these lines and wrinkles deepen. Referred to as “crow’s feet”, there are treatment options that can reduce their visibility. Botulinum toxin, commonly referred to as Botox, can relax these muscles and soften the appearance of wrinkles.
What happens during a botox appointment?
An injector will administer the Botox. The process takes between 15-30 minutes, so you can even schedule it during your lunch break. After receiving your Botox, avoid rubbing the treatment area. Be careful not to apply any pressure to the area for at least four hours afterwards. Do not wear hats or headbands as this could move the Botox to an undesirable area and cause eyelid droop for up to 3 months.
How long will it take to see results?
Results may take up to 5-10 days to become visible. You will notice that the muscles around your eyes gradually become more relaxed, decreasing the appearance of crow’s feet. Botox injections last between 3-4 months, at which point your body fully metabolizes the botulinum toxin. You can schedule follow-up appointments to maintain your results. With repeated treatments, the effects of Botox tend to last longer; instead of requiring treatment every 3 months, you may be able to wait up to 5.
What are other treatment options that botox can target?
Many patients choose to combine treatments if they are scheduled for a crow’s feet appointment. It’s convenient and makes a dramatic overall difference in the face’s appearance. Botox can be injected into frown lines, which appear between the eyebrows, and forehead lines - the horizontal lines across the top of the face. Botox is also effective for bunny lines, the wrinkles that appear when the nose crinkles.
What are the side effects?
Although the injection needles for Botox are very small, you can end up with slight redness. You may notice some swelling at the injection site that looks similar to a mosquito bite. There may be some bruising, but that will go away in a few days. To help reduce the risk of bruising, try to avoid anti inflammatory medications such as Advil, Aleve, IBUPROFEN, Naproxen and Aspirin a couple days before your treatment. Alcohol is also known to thin the blood; try to avoid alcohol a day or 2 before your appointment to reduce your risk of bruising. Are you interested in a Botox treatment to address the wrinkles near your eyes or other areas of the face? Contact Simply Radiant today; we have the experience and expertise to deliver excellent results. We can meet with you for a consultation to find the best treatment plan for you.
What to expect
In order to treat crows feet we use Botox, an injector will administer the Botox and the entire process only takes around 15-30 minutes.