Author Bio: Dr. Sanusi Umar MD is the author of this article.
This patient from El Segundo, Los Angeles wanted to reverse her aged appearance. For the most part, the core issues were attributed to the behavior of different muscles on her face. They either over-contracted or under-contracted. To achieve a more youthful look, Dr.U recommended Botox for crows feet around the eyes, horizontal forehead creases, frown lines and also, her droopy eyebrows.
Botox, along with Dysport and Xeomin is a botulinum toxin, type A injectable drug. As a neuromodulator, it prevents nerve cells from releasing an excitatory chemical, called acetylcholine as a signal to the muscles. This keeps them in a relaxed state and also prevents them from forming wrinkles.
Is Botox Safe for Crows Feet & Other Wrinkles?
For many people, the term toxin is a source of concern. Botulinum toxin itself does cause botulism, a life-threatening form of food poisoning. However, its effects will depend on the amount.
It is safe in lower concentrations (i.e. through the use of pharmaceutical injectables like Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin) when administered by skilled medical practitioners like Dr.U who is board certified in dermatology.
Unwanted complications are more likely to occur with less experienced providers or if the injections are not prepared according to standards set forth by the FDA.
El Segundo Patient Before Botox for Crows Feet Around the Eyes
Here are images of the patient before her Botox procedure performed by Dr. U. Her skin has a rumpled appearance due to facial expression wrinkles such as crows feet creases, forehead furrows, and vertical frown lines. Also, her droopy eyebrows further contribute to an older appearance.
Procedure Photos – Botox for Eyebrow Lift, Crows Feet, Forehead Wrinkles and Frown Lines
Rather than using a standard one-size-fits-all protocol, Dr. U starts with a strong vision of end results for the patient in mind to devise injection strategies for each individual.
Before administering Botox for crows feet around the eyes and upper face, Dr.U carefully studied her facial muscle contraction patterns to identify
- precise injection points for each of the target areas
- appropriate quantities of Botox to produce a natural-looking outcome
Botox for crows feet around the eyes
To treat crows feet lines, Dr. Umar injected the orbicularis oculi and procerus muscles, making sure to avoid placing the injections too low, which can lead to prominent eye bags.
Botox for forehead lines
For the patient’s forehead, it was important to avoid using excessively high Botox dosages which causes an unnaturally stiff and frozen result.
Dr. U determined the right amount to help her skin look smoother and firmer, but natural looking at the same time.
Botox for glabellar frown lines
For the frown lines, Dr. Umar injected the corrugator supercilii and procerus muscles, careful to not pass the mid-point of the brow which can lead to ptosis or droopiness of this region.
Botox for the brows
As the final touch, Dr.U applied Botox to relax the muscles at the ends of the patient’s brows. This activated an opposite set of muscles which pulled them upwards to produce a high, face-flattering arch. According to Dr.U, it is possible to control the height of the eyebrows.
Precision is extremely important with Botox eyebrow lifts. Injecting the wrong point, even by a few millimeters can raise the arches too high. This produces the Mephisto effect, also known as Spock brows or the Devil’s brow.
Dr.U also ensures that the brows are symmetrical on both sides of the face. Though this is an obvious consideration, a rather common Botox mistake is when one brow is higher than the other, producing a persistently quizzical look.
As an experienced board-certified dermatologist, Dr.U is able to deliver safe Botox treatments based on highly personalized approaches.
Patients, like the woman shown here, are able to enjoy natural-looking improvements that greatly enhance their self-esteem and confidence.
Before and After Results – Patient’s Brand New Look After Botox for Eyebrow Lift and Facial Wrinkles
Here are the patient’s before and after photos, which show an incredible transformation in her appearance at just two weeks following her treatment with Botox for crows feet around the eyes, forehead, glabellar area and brows.
Reducing the problematic facial expression wrinkles gave the patient’s skin a smoother, firmer and younger look. Also, her Botox eyebrow lift gave her a more energized appearance which her husband noticed right away.
In the end, this treatment produced a natural looking facelift effect.
The patient mentioned that after her procedure, she was mistaken for her 28-year-old daughter’s sister.
If you are interested in using Botox for crows feet around the eyes or other wrinkles, submit your photos and information to Dr.U through our complimentary online consultation form.
Video – Botox for Crows Feet Around the Eyes, Forehead and Brows
This video features the El Segundo patient discussing her experience. Dr.U’s Botox treatment not only improved the youthfulness of her appearance but also preserved her natural facial expressions and movements.
FAQ – Botox for Eyebrow Lift, Crows Feet, Forehead Wrinkles and the Elevens
What are the reasons for Botox mistakes and poor outcomes?
Bad Botox results are mostly due to the expertise level of the provider. Nonphysicians and nonspecialists who aim to offer these procedures will often rely on template approaches available in weekend training courses. Also, they may resort to using general values instead of customized ones that specifically fit the patient’s needs.
Additionally, quantitative errors can be made in terms of calculations, calibrations, and dilution.
Using the wrong amounts of Botox can also lead to poor results. Too much of the injection will produce a lack of facial expression. Using too little will result in little to no improvement.
Excessive Botox can also create wrinkles in other parts of the face. One example is using high dosages to treat crows feet or glabellar lines, which can cause bunny lines to appear on the nose, in some people.
Also, the placement of the injections needs to be extremely precise to avoid results like awkward eyebrows, droopiness or ptosis of the eyelids (due to injecting a nerve) and facial droop on one side of the face which can happen when Botox migrates to other areas.
How long does Botox last on the crows feet and other areas?
For most people, Botox tends to last 3-4 months, on average.
Should I treat crows feet lines with Botox or fillers?
It really depends on what you want to achieve. If you are mostly bothered by the appearance of mobile, dynamic wrinkles, Botox for crows feet around the eyes would be the best option. However, if your main concern is the static resting lines etched on your skin, these creases can be filled in quite effectively with a filler called Belotero, which has been specially designed to improve fine lines.
When can I start to see the results of my Botox treatment for crows feet.
Most patients will see the results of their Botox procedure within 5 days.
Does Botox work equally well on everyone?
Botox is likely to perform differently across individual patients. This usually has to do with how a person’s immune system reacts to the proteins which surround the botulinum toxin component. Dysport or Xeomin may be considered as alternatives if needed.
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