What are crow’s feet?
There are two main types of wrinkles: dynamic and static. Dynamic wrinkles are caused by the muscles that contract while making facial expressions. Static wrinkles are caused by natural occurrences such as gravity and aging. Crow’s feet are unique in that they are both dynamic and static wrinkles. In the early stages of dynamic wrinkles, they’re only visible when you make the particular expression that causes the muscles to contract. And then, when you relax, the wrinkles disappear. But after decades worth of facial expressions, dynamic wrinkles can actually become static wrinkles. The natural loss of collagen and elastin with age makes the skin looser and more vulnerable to creasing, causing static wrinkles. All together, the result is deep lines etched in the skin that can make you look older and more tired than you feel.
How to treat crow’s feet
The fountain of youth might be a myth, but dermal fillers certainly help fight the signs of aging on the face. Unlike specialized creams that claim to eliminate wrinkles, dermal fillers produce effective, almost immediate results. Several different fillers are available, many with lidocaine to minimize discomfort. Dermal fillers are often used in combination with plastic surgery in order to achieve the most youthful, radiant appearance. They can also provide a good temporary solution for those who are not yet willing to commit to surgery. Dermal filler results can last anywhere from six months to year or longer, depending on the filler you choose. Dr. Laverson can discuss all your dermal filler options and help you choose the best for your aesthetic goals, but in the meantime, here’s a brief overview of the most popular fillers on the market: