Few people look forward to lines and wrinkles on their face. While these sometimes form because of a healthy life well lived, they still create a first impression that might be older than you feel.
Crow’s feet, sometimes called laugh lines, are one of those confusing indicators. It’s great to have the appearance of someone who smiles frequently and has a happy disposition. When crow’s feet get deep, however, you may have too much of a good thing.
Complicating this, crow’s feet aren’t caused by a direct flaw of the skin. While they become more pronounced as your skin gets lax with age, their actual source is from the expression muscles beneath your skin. Over time, these muscles take on a semi-contracted resting state that doesn’t fully relax — until now.
Visit Alpha Internal Medicine to learn about how Botox® Cosmetic can help you reduce the appearance of crow’s feet and other lines and wrinkles caused by semi-contracted expression muscles. As cosmetic injectables specialists, Dr. Betsy Horton and her team can help you put your best face forward.
It’s no secret that Botox is derived from a powerful neurotoxin found in nature. The secret behind the Botox success story is the purity and dilution of the toxin when formulated into a cosmetic treatment. As an aesthetic tool, Botox injections cause semi-contracted muscles to relax.
Once expression muscle contraction eases, so does the depth and intensity of your crow’s feet, since your skin follows the contours of expression muscles. You’re naturally left with a smoother and more relaxed appearance.
You can improve skin tone over crow’s feet using more traditional cosmetic treatments, such as chemical peels. However, these work by stimulating the growth of new tissue by introducing controlled damage of the skin in the treatment area. Rather than a fast in-office procedure, chemical peels and other methods that produce results through skin damage require a recovery period. The more aggressive the treatment, the longer the recovery.
Botox, on the other hand, is easy to schedule during a lunch break. You can return to your regular routine immediately after treatment. You’ll see results emerge in the following days and weeks, and your optimal results last for three months or more.
While crow’s feet are largely the result of muscle contours, smaller lines and folds are sometimes due to skin issues exclusively. Voids and crevasses in the support layers of skin don’t respond to Botox or other botulinum toxin injections.
For lines of this type, dermal fillers add passive support that lasts as long or longer than Botox treatments. Alpha Internal Medicine offers fillers from Restylane® and Sculptra®. Fillers work well alongside Botox in many applications.
You have choices when it comes to treating crow’s feet and your best option depends both on your skin conditions and the right choice of product administered by a medical professional. Contact Alpha Internal Medicine in Fayetteville, Georgia, by phone or online, to schedule a cosmetic consultation. Relaxed and younger-looking eyes await you, so book now.