Crow’s feet, the small lines that extend from the corners of your eyes, are among the first signs of aging. These lines may begin to form while you’re in your early 30s due to how thin the skin around your eyes is. At Spa Black in San Antonio, TX, we offer Xeomin, a non-invasive way to treat these lines that make you look older than you are. Keep reading to learn more about this injectable muscle relaxant, including where it can be used.
Can Xeomin Be Used for Crow’s Feet?
Most of the time, Xeomin is used to eliminate severe glabellar (frown) lines that develop between the brows. Nevertheless, it can be injected into a number of muscles, including the muscles around the corners of your eyes. Furthermore, this injectable can be administered into hyperactive muscles around your nose and mouth to treat dynamic nasolabial folds. What’s great about this injectable is it can treat crow’s feet even when other neuromodulator injections have not yielded the desired results.
Often, people use another neuromodulator for years. Then, their immune system recognizes the binding proteins in the formula so quickly satisfactory results are no longer achievable. Xeomin doesn’t include binding proteins for your immune system to recognize and mount a defense against.
What Makes These Lines So Frustrating?
At first, crow’s lines are frustrating because they are one of the first facial lines to develop. While you may first notice thin lines aging your appearance, they deepen quickly. Occasionally, frown lines become the deepest facial lines, but crow’s feet often remain the most pronounced facial lines. The fragility and thinness of the skin around the eyes lead to crow’s feet becoming so deep.
Furthermore, there is a lack of oil glands around the corners of your eyes. As you age and your skin becomes laxer, it can’t bounce back like it could when you were in your early 20s because of the aforementioned factors. Notably, while crow’s feet start to develop around the corners of the eyes, they can extend all the way up to your temples if left untreated.
What Causes Crow’s Feet?
A number of factors have the potential to lead to crow’s feet. Muscle contractions that occur several times daily are the most common cause of crow’s feet. For instance, these muscles are contracted every time you squint or smile. Furthermore, people may develop crow’s feet that are deeper on one side of the face because your pillow stretches your facial skin if you sleep on your side.
UV Ray Exposure
UV ray exposure is another known cause of crow’s feet. UV ray exposure leads to a condition known as photoaging. This most often occurs after years of unprotected sun exposure, but it can also be caused by too much time using tanning beds.
Even worse, UV rays lead to premature skin aging because it drastically increases the number of free radicals floating around inside your skin. You will need to include antioxidants in your skincare routine if you want to reduce the number of free radicals present in your skin. However, an injectable muscle relaxant will be required to relax away the lines that already developed.
What Risk Reduction Steps Can I Take Regarding Future Crow’s Feet?
There are several lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your risk of forming future crow’s feet. While crow’s feet are a natural effect of the skin aging process, eating a balanced diet and staying hydrated will significantly reduce the severity of future crow’s feet. Furthermore, you can squint less frequently by wearing UV protective hats and sunglasses. This also reduces the UV damage sustained by the skin around your eyes.
To further reduce UV damage, you should wear sunscreen around your eyes and reapply it regularly. We will discuss your routine, including your skincare routine, during your initial consultation. Once we know this, we can provide you with actionable advice regarding lifestyle changes you can make to reduce the risk of developing crow’s feet in the future.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Injectable Muscle Relaxant?
You may be considered a good candidate for this injectable muscle relaxant if you are concerned about dynamic lines, such as crow’s feet, nasolabial folds or forehead lines and you are in fairly good health. This FDA-approved injectable muscle relaxant is incredibly safe.
In fact, it is so safe children as young as two years old can receive this treatment for particular maladies. However, we should note many factors are considered when determining who a good candidate for this injectable neuromodulator is.
You’re Ready to Relax Away Your Wrinkles
Whether your only cosmetic concern is related to crow’s feet or dynamic lines have become permanent in many parts of your face, Xeomin may be right for you if you are ready to relax away your wrinkles. Individual results vary, but most clients report they feel more self-confident and pleased by their countenance after just one injection session.
You Want to Reverse the Early Aging Signs
People used to seek injectable muscle relaxants when their signs of aging were severe. In recent years, people have begun to come in for treatment at a younger age. Often, people come in at the first sign of facial aging, like crow’s feet. While this treatment is most commonly used to treat moderate-to-severe dynamic lines, it can also be used to treat mild eye lines. The sooner you address the initial signs of aging, the better you will look in the future.
You Make Convenience a High Priority
Everyone wants to look and feel his or her best, but some of us lack the desire, money or time to undergo an invasive anti-aging procedure. If convenience is a high priority for you, this botulinum injection may be right for you. It is simple, comfortable and incredibly convenient. No intubation is required, and it is performed on an outpatient basis, so there is no mandatory overnight hospital stay.
Rather, the treatment is performed in our inviting, sterile office. There is no downtime required after this non-invasive anti-aging treatment. If you don’t want to take time off from work, schedule your treatment on your lunch break.
You Understand What Results You Can Expect Realistically
To be considered a good candidate for an injectable muscle relaxant, you must have realistic expectations about what results are achievable. For example, you should understand that while this treatment will reverse years of aging from your face, it won’t make you look like a freshman in college again. It is also important that you want to improve your appearance for yourself. Do not seek cosmetic treatments for the benefit of anyone else.
You Have Relatively Healthy Skin
Regardless of your skin type, texture or tone, this injectable can be administered safely for the treatment of cosmetic concerns. However, it is important that your skin is fairly healthy on the day of your scheduled appointment. There should be no swelling or skin irritation near the treatment area. If such irritation or swelling exists, or if you have a skin infection near the treatment area, we strongly recommend holding off on your scheduled treatment for at least two weeks. Furthermore, you should consult with your OB/GYN if you are pregnant or nursing but wish to receive an injectable muscle relaxant treatment.
Other Neuromodulators Worked for You in the Past
It is common for people to seek this injectable neuromodulator because others worked for them in the past but stopped being effective. Other injectable neuromodulators stop being effective due to the additional binding proteins found in the formulas. Since this injectable neuromodulator is pure, you will never develop a resistance to the injections.
Muscle Contractions Deepen Your Wrinkles
Neuromodulator injections are highly effective for people with dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are wrinkles that result from excessive muscle contractions or years of natural repetitive muscle use, like talking or eating. On the other hand, static wrinkles result from severe volume loss in a trouble region. Both static and dynamic wrinkles alike can also deepen due to chronic UV ray damage.
You Have Other Cosmetic Concerns Caused by Your Muscles
You may be considered a good candidate for this injectable if you have a muscle-related cosmetic concern that has not manifested as lines, wrinkles or folds. For instance, you can improve the appearance of your smile or recontour your jawline with this injectable muscle relaxant.
What Should I Expect Throughout the Treatment Process?
Before your treatment process starts, you need to attend an initial evaluation. During this meeting, we will discuss such things as the results you can expect realistically, your health history and the pharmaceuticals you take currently. When we clearly comprehend the current state of your skin and your goals, we will tailor a treatment plan that will correct all of your concerns. Once this initial meeting is over, you only need to schedule your appointment.
What to Expect During the Injection Process
We will begin your injectable neuromodulator session with a gentle, alcohol-based cleanser. Once your skin is sanitized, a marker will be used to indicate the most strategic locations for injections based on your unique goals. Once your skin is prepared, a very fine-gauge needle will be used to administer the injectable. Some people require two or three injections for the most effective dose to be administered in the trouble region.
Your treatment takes mere minutes to complete. You’ll feel the medication being administered beneath your skin, but you won’t feel any discomfort or pain. We may administer other injectables, like dermal fillers, at this time depending on your goals.
What to Expect Once Your Injection Session Is Complete
Once your injection session is complete, we will review your post-treatment care instructions with you. For example, you will be advised to not rub the injection site or otherwise put a good deal of pressure on the site. If you apply cosmetics, you should apply very little pressure to the skin. Additionally, you should remove any cosmetics gently at the end of the night.
Erase Your Crow’s Feet and Restore Your Self-Confidence Today
Your eyes don’t have to make you look older and more tired than you feel. With Xeomin, you can quickly and effectively relax your wrinkles away for months at a time. To discover if this treatment is right for you, please visit us at Spa Black in San Antonio, TX and schedule an appointment with one of our cosmetic experts.