Many Los Angeles residents desire to retain a youthful appearance as they age. Regimens include exercise, healthy eating habits and daily use of sunscreen. However, signs of aging are sometimes not escapable. One of the biggest concerns for aesthetics is facial wrinkles. This includes glabellar frown lines and crows feet.
Skincare lines, spas and medical clinics offer numerous options to address crows feet with both surgical and nonsurgical treatments. In particular, botulinum toxin type A (BTX-A) injectables are paramount for minimally invasive and nonsurgical aesthetic facial treatments.
BTX-A injectables temporarily reduce the appearance of wrinkles for approximately three to four months. They also smooth glabellar frown lines between the eyebrows and crows feet on the out corners of eyes. BTX-A injectables are also gaining in popularity as part of an anti-aging regimen.
WHY WRINKLES APPEAR
Repetitive facial expressions and aging are the two most common culprits for wrinkles. Facial expressions result from the brain processing environmental and emotional reactions. They can range from laughter and smiling to frustration, concentration and squinting. Nerve fibers create motion or contraction in muscles.
However, repetitive facial expressions crease the skin. These creases then become permanent wrinkles over time. Aging is also a to blame since skin gradually loses its firmness and elasticity.
CROWS FEET DYNAMICS
These problematic lines appear by the outer eyes. Laughter, squinting and smiling all create creases here that shoot outward. Eventually the creases may turn into deep wrinkles. Even when not making expressions, crows feet may remain.
Dynamic wrinkles are apparent while the face is in motion. Static wrinkles are apparent when the face is at rest.
Crows feet result from:
- Orbicularis oculi muscle contraction
- Decreased skin elasticity
- Depleted fatty tissue around the eyes
Loss of skin elasticity and suppleness occurs with age. Environmental factors, such as sun damage and smoking, speed this process and cause premature aging. Free radicals and constricted blood vessels cause extensive damage to softness and elasticity of the skin.
BENEFITS OF BTX-A INJECTABLES
BTX-A injectables counteract wrinkles by temporarily inhibiting muscle contraction. They blocks nerve cells from releasing acetylcholine, which triggers the muscles. Skin then appears smooth and remains crease free.
The FDA has approve three formulation of BTX-A) for cosmetic use: Botox, Dysport and Xenamin. Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) was approved in 2002, Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA) in 2009 and Xeomin (incobotulinumtoxinA) in 2011.
All can also slightly and temporarily facial aspects. BTX-A formulations are injected into the orbicularis oculi muscles in specific points, which surround the eye area.
Typically, BTX-A injectables’s efficacy is apparent for three to four months. Once the nontoxin protein diminishes, crows feet reappear similar to before the treatment.
Before any cosmetic treatment, consult with a board certified specialist.