Aging skin is a struggle for everyone, and crow’s feet can be especially hard on your self-esteem. Luckily, there are so many ways you can rid your skin of crow’s feet with the help of your dermatologist.
Also known as microneedling, collagen induction therapy is a great first step in trying to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet. One of the main proteins that give skin fullness and elasticity is collagen, and as we age our skin produces less and less collagen. CIT, or uses needles to encourage the skin to produce more collagen, thus lessening the wrinkles. If you’re a good candidate for CIT, your dermatologist can perform the treatment on an outpatient basis. A device that contains many small, sterile needles is applied to the skin around the eyes, and some discomfort is to be expected. CIT is one of the least invasive ways to tackle crow’s feet, and so it might not work for deeper wrinkles. That also means that there is little to no downtime after collagen induction therapy. Results last for about two to three months, but the treatment can be repeated as necessary if it works well for your particular needs.
Lasers are pushing the envelope in terms of dermatological treatments for all kinds of conditions, including crow’s feet and other wrinkles. Laser therapy uses a device with finely tuned laser light and it’s applied to the skin. It’s not quite that simple behind the scenes, however. The best laser for treating crow’s feet is a resurfacing laser. This type of laser superficially damages the skin in a similar way to a sunburn. As the skin works to repair itself, elastin and collagen production is boosted. As a result, wrinkles ease and skin looks younger and fresher in its place. The pain associated with laser therapy can be off-putting to some, but most decide it's well worth it. Laser therapy penetrates the skin deeper than microneedling, and as a result can produce more dramatic, longer-lasting results.
Botox is a common treatment for facial wrinkles. It is an injectable treatment that uses a naturally derived protein to temporarily paralyze muscles responsible for dynamic wrinkles. Crow’s feet are a form of dynamic wrinkles, or wrinkles that form as a result of repeated muscular motions. For that reason, crow’s feet are sometimes called laugh lines. Botox is a very quick treatment. Most people report a slight pinching sensation akin to a vaccine injection. Some local bruising might develop after Botox treatment, but not always. Botox can treat moderate wrinkles, and the results are visible after about two weeks. Botox treatments can be repeated every four to six months in order to maintain the desired results.
Dermal fillers are another treatment that’s often used to supplement collagen production in the skin and literally help fill in wrinkles. In some cases, it’s used in addition to Botox to produce even more visible results. Dermal fillers often use a protein called hyaluronic acid, which is largely responsible for water retention in the skin. Much like collagen and elastin, hyaluronic acid production slows with age. Boosting that production can be the key to eliminating wrinkles. The treatment is similar to Botox, and only slight discomfort is to be expected. Dermal fillers are often used if Botox or other treatments aren’t enough. The results can also last up to a year and be maintained in a similar manner to Botox. If your crow’s feet are stubborn, dermal fillers may be your best bet.
Regardless of how deep your crow’s feet go and how long you’ve had them, there’s a treatment out there that can help you. If you want to restore your skin’s previous fullness and definition from the worst of the dynamic wrinkles, call the experts at Northeast Dermatology Associates.
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