Crow’s feet treatment without surgery? Yes please!

Article medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)

Dr. Gavin Chan

Templestowe Lower and Berwick Clinics

Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2004, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.
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You’ve had a busy day and it’s not over yet. At the traffic lights you quick glance at your make up in the rear view mirror. Sure, you’ve been up since 6am and had a big day of wrangling your family and work commitments. But how long has your eye makeup been stuck in your crow’s feet wrinkles? The car behind is honking you and you realise the traffic lights are green. You’re feeling a little bit shocked. Because you love to laugh, will never see 21 again and know that your skin will age. But the deep wrinkles at the corners of your eyes make you look older than you feel!

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At the event you can’t stop looking at other people’s eyes and faces. You notice your best friend who is 50 who smiles, laughs and has minimal eye wrinkles. The bar manager in his 40’s who effortlessly channels a version of Don Draper crossed with George Clooney. He laughs and smiles with barely any wrinkles around his eyes. And you remember…your friend gets regular anto-wrinkle treatments for her eyes, and the bar manager does too!

And as you head home, you know deep inside that the wrinkles around your eyes need to be minimised, smoothed out. You know that the ads on TV for moisturisers touting the benefits of anti-wrinkle benefits aren’t an option. Because whenever you see those ads you know an ‘activated night cream’ won’t penetrate the skin and alleviate wrinkles when most of it ends up on your pillow!

Why do crow’s feet appear around your eyes?

Crow’s feet are the fine and deeper lines that spread from the outer corners of your eyes when you smile. When you smile, the orbicularis oculi muscles contract around your eye socket. This muscle contraction pulls your eye skin inward and over time causes your eyes to develop fine lines and deeper wrinkles.

The skin around your eyes is very thin and can be the first area of your face to show signs of ageing. One of the biggest causes is a loss of your skin’s elasticity that has been caused by your squinting, smiling and sleeping. We believe the biggest instigators of crow’s feet is smiling, then squinting and then sleeping.

The wrinkles around your eyes form due to the repetitive motions around the skin. As you age, this movement causes creases in the fine skin, breaks down the collagen and elastic fibres and creates eye wrinkles.

How are crow’s feet treated?

The Victorian Cosmetic Institute has been effectively treating men’s and women’s crow’s feet with anti-wrinkle injections since 2005. We use anti-wrinkle injections to specifically target the areas around your eyes that are causing them to wrinkle.

After you have anti-wrinkle injections around your crow’s feet the muscles are temporarily weakened. This minimises their ability to crease the skin around your eyes, giving you a more relaxed, smooth appearance. Using an appropriate dose of anti-wrinkle injections in the area will help you achieve a natural, fresh result.

A presence of crow’s feet around your eyes is natural and gives you the ability to smile, laugh and show your irritation! We believe that anti-wrinkle injections should moderate the severity or intensity of your lines – never make your face look frozen.

How anti-wrinkle injections can treat your crow’s feet

Since 2005 we have successfully treated wrinkles around eyes with an inhibitor that relaxes the muscles. With several brands to consider, we’re not able to name each product we use due to Therapeutic Goods Administration rules.

Injection techniques around the eye area over the last few years mean we can treat your crow’s feet as well and any other facial wrinkles you’ve been concerned about.

Does crow’s feet treatment hurt?

If you’ve been researching how to reduce crow’s feet around your eyes, you may have read reports that it hurts or even leaves bruises. While bruises can occasionally occur with anti-wrinkle treatment, the Victorian Cosmetic Institute offers various techniques to minimise any discomfort or bruising. They include:

  • Vibration: When a vibrating device is used on your skin, nerve pathways that conduct pain become overloaded with vibrations and are unable to pass pain signals to the brain as easily.
  • Ice: Because pain and temperature sensation travel along the same nerve pathway, using ice on your skin before your wrinkle injections ensures less pain will be felt.
  • Local anaesthetic cream: Before your wrinkle injections, an application of local anaesthetic cream can be applied to your skin to help numb it.
  • Inhaled anaesthetic gas: Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is commonly used for dental procedures or during labour. The effect of the inhaled anaesthetic gases we use tends to wear of quickly without any lingering effects after the procedure is complete.

One of the key concerns of our patients having treatment is that bruising could occur. This happens when a needle disrupts a vein under your skin. The veins around your eyes and face aren’t usually visible to the naked eye, so we use the Accuvein Vein Finder. This device visualises the veins beneath your skin, and helps your cosmetic practitioner make adjustments to their injection points. What does this mean for you when you’re getting wrinkle treated around your eyes? They will avoid your veins and reduce the risk of bruising.

What will your eyes look like after your treatment?

The area around your eye needs to move when you laugh and smile. Our anti-wrinkle treatment focuses on giving you natural looking results – with a more youthful, less tired look.

As you age, your face including the area around your eyes changes. If you’re in your 40’s, 50’s or 60’s and look back at photos of yourself in your 20’s you’ll notice a difference in your eye and face shape. The Victorian Cosmetic Institute’s cosmetic doctors and nurses, trained by Dr Gavin Chan have years of experience in assessing and suggesting the best crow’s anti-wrinkle treatment to suit your face.

Don’t worry – your facial expressions won’t look frozen or “Hollywood celebrity” like! We have substantial experience in smoothing out and reducing crow’s feet. You will still be able to smile, express compassion and people will still know if you get angry. And with no down time, you can be back at work and hanging out with your friends – without crow’s feet.

My lines are deep, what treatments will I need?

Anti-wrinkle treatments around your eyes at Victorian Cosmetic Institute will smooth out and relax the muscles around your eyes. At your initial consultation our highly trained and experienced cosmetic physicians will advise you of the best treatment.

If the lines around your eyes are deep, a dermal filler treatment can help reduce and smooth out your crows’ feet.

The best skin care to use after your treatment

After you’ve had your crow’s feet treated it’s a good idea to hydrate, nourish and protect the skin around your eyes. Aspect Dr Eyelift is a lightweight, hydrating formula that reduces dark circles, puffiness and fine lines around your eyes. Perfect for mature or sun damaged skin, this clinical strength formula can transform your eyes from being weighed down with baggage, to feeling nourished, soothed and more youthful. Head here to find out more about Aspect Dr Eyelift.

Synergie Revitaleyes lightweight eye serum has been formulated with an active peptide complex to treat your under eye skin. The green coffee extract will fight off free radicals while the pure hyaluronic acid hydrates and nourishes the delicate skin around your eyes. Synergie Revitaleyes is almost like a ‘super-hero’ eye serum – it reduces puffiness, dark eye shadows and protects against sun damage. Head here to find out more about Synergie Revitaleyes.

Why you should choose Victorian Cosmetic Institute

Don’t let your eye lines and weigh you down. At your consultation, we take the time to discuss your personal requirements and preferences. We know you want to smile and laugh and still have movement and expression around your eye area. Call us on 1300 863 824 to find out more or fill in the form below.

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