Crow’s feet are often the first wrinkles that develop on the face as a result of smiling, squinting and the thinner skin around the eyes. The wrinkles develop at the corner of the eyes and split into three or four distinct lines. While it is not possible to eliminate the wrinkles with a cream, the development of injectable fillers has made is easier to reduce the appearance of the obvious aging lines.
What are Injectable Fillers?
Before it is possible to determine the best solution for those nasty crow’s feet, it is important to understand what the fillers actually are and how they work. An injectable filler is a material that is injected into problem areas on the face with a needle. The filler material varies and a wide range of options are available depending on the preferred outcome.
A common type of filler is Botox, which freezes the muscles of the face near the annoying crow’s feet so that the lines are less visible. While the injectable is still a popular procedure, it is not the only option and many safer solutions are available to fill in those deep set lines near the eyes.
Other fillers include collagen, hyaluronic acid and similar naturally produced items that help improve elasticity and plump out the skin to reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles and scarring.
The length of time that the fillers work varies based on the particular material. Many fillers will reduce or even eliminate the crow’s feet that are developing, but might not have the long lasting results that are preferred.
In general, fillers can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and crow’s feet for a period of a few months up to a year or two, depending on the particular type of filler material and individual reactions to the material. Doctors will often make suggestions about the best filler based on factors like current age, past history using cosmetic procedures and any known allergies that might eliminate filler options.
While the initial results are hard to determine due to bruising or redness, the fillers will have a dramatic impact on the crow’s feet. Depending on the depth of the wrinkles, the lines are either reduced or eliminated after the filler settles and any bruising or swelling fades. All of the fillers will plump out the skin so that the wrinkles are less obvious.
Cosmetic procedures are not always surgeries that correct problems like a crooked nose. Some options are minimally invasive and help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and aging. The result is a graceful aging that appears youthful for a much longer period of time than the average individual.
Peter Wendt is a researcher in Austin, TX who enjoys writing about dermatological issues. He recommends visiting Allenby Derm for more skin care treatment information.