Nothing illustrates a life well lived like smile-induced laugh lines and crow’s feet, but sometimes you don’t want people to know just how long that life has been. Luckily there are all sorts of options out there to reduce or eliminate wrinkles, from simple creams to plastic surgery. But one of the most effective and least invasive ways to dip your face in the fountain of youth is Botox.
What is Botox?
Without getting too scientific, Botox is a neurotoxin derived from bacteria that relaxes the facial muscles in a specific area for an overall smoothness. The FDA’s first approved use of Botox for cosmetic reasons was frown lines between the eyebrows in 2002, and in late 2013 it was approved for use on crow’s feet, otherwise known as “lateral canthal lines.”
Why does smiling make wrinkles?
It’s not just smiling—squinting also stretches and etches folds into the skin around your eyes after years of repetitive muscle movements. Most people start to notice these wrinkles in their thirties, or maybe earlier if they have really funny friends. By the time you hit your forties, the visible benefits from Botox will be substantial. But what many people don’t know is that you don’t have to wait that long—in fact, kick-starting your rejuvenation regimen early can actually prevent wrinkles from forming.
How do Botox treatments work for crow’s feet?
The procedure consists of six to eight injections on the outer rim of your eye socket, and takes between five and ten minutes. The injections are relatively painless—many patients liken it to a little pinch—and leave a few mosquito bite-sized red bumps that disappear in a few minutes. But don’t despair when you don’t see instant results—the effects take a few days to appear and then last for three to four months.
And as mentioned above, if you start Botox treatments early on, it will keep the muscles next to your eyes relaxed as you age—meaning less of a chance for wrinkles to embed in your skin in the first place. Another benefit of Botox “training” your muscles to relax is that you won’t need as much each time and the results can last even longer, up to eight months in some cases.
Will I look like a robot?
Of course not! Even though Botox can sometimes produce an “expressionless expression” with frown line treatments, it isn’t a problem when used on Crow’s Feet. Because of the location of the injections—next to the outer rim of the eye—the relaxed muscles don’t interfere with facial emotions and social signals. So laugh and smile away—your joy will be unmistakable!
What if I’m not sure?
Even though Botox treatments are not permanent procedures, we want to help you make decisions with confidence. At Siti Med Spa, our professional medical staff will be happy to discuss all your questions, even one we’re hearing more often these days: Can men get Botox? The answer, of course, is yes! Don’t be shy guys (and gals). Call us for a consultation today!