Treating Crow’s Feet
A treatment for crow’s feet using muscle relaxants softens existing lines around the eyes. It can also prevent new ones from forming by preventing the repeated muscle movements that caused the wrinkles to develop. Following this non-surgical treatment, many patients find their outer eye area looks rejuvenated and more youthful.
Who is suitable for this treatment?
Candidates for crow’s feet treatments are unhappy with the lines forming around their eyes. Commonly, patients undergoing this treatment feel that their crow’s feet make them look tired or older than their true age. They tend to be people in their late 20’s and early 30’s who have begun to notice signs of facial ageing, though they can be—and are—performed on adults of any age. This treatment is appropriate for most adults who are in good overall health.
What to Expect
A muscle relaxant will be injected into the muscles at the outer corners of the eyes, where the crow’s feet wrinkles have formed. A thin needle is used to deliver the anti-wrinkle product directly into the muscle underneath the crow’s feet. Once injected, it works by causing the facial muscles causing crow’s feet wrinkles to temporarily relax.
This is an in-office treatment completed in under an hour. There is no recovery period required, and no bandages. For these reasons, crow’s feet injections have become a popular “lunchtime rejuvenation” treatment for patients seeking a fast solution with little to no downtime. After the injections, patients can leave the office and return to normal activities.
Within 10 days, your crow’s feet will have become less prominent. The injected relaxant blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles, resulting in controlled weakening of the muscles underneath your crow’s feet lines. Because the muscle causing the wrinkles is no longer able to fully contract, the wrinkles relax, becoming smoother. Patients usually report that their wrinkles become noticeably smoother within just a few days of the injections.
The effects of treatment usually last 3-4 months. As the injected muscle relaxant wears off, the wrinkles will return. Many patients undergo regularly scheduled injections to maintain their rejuvenated appearance.
Possible Risks and Complications
After a crow’s feet treatment, side effects such as redness, swelling, and minor tenderness are common. Bruises may also form at the injection site. Such effects usually dissipate within a few days and can be camouflaged with make-up. Avoid lying down for 4 hours after the treatment, and don’t touch or rub the area around your eyes for 12 hours. Either of these activities can cause the injected relaxant to affect surrounding muscles. Serious complications are rare, but can include infection and long-term numbness or tingling in the treated area.
Rough Costs Involved
The cost of muscle relaxant treatments is dependent on the amount of relaxer needed. A Crow’s Feet treatment usually requires one area of muscle relaxant, for a cost of $230. To find out more about the costs involved in muscle relaxant treatments, schedule a consultation visit today.