How Many Units Do I Need For Crow’s Feet?

By Pinch Med Spa Staff

So, the crows called. They want their feet back! If you’re looking to treat your crow’s feet -- also known as laugh lines, lateral canthal lines, or wrinkles on the outer corners of your eyes -- this article is for you. From what crows feet are to how many units you’ll need for crow’s feet treatment, read below to prepare for a smooth results.

What are crow’s feet? 

Crow's feet, those little lines that fan out from the corners of your eyes, are kind of like badges of a life filled with smiles and squints.  They usually start to show up, and stick around, in our late 20s or early 30s, a sneak peek of the aging process making its mark. While you can't stop time in its tracks, there are ways to make these lines less noticeable such as sun screen, sleep, plenty of water and nutrition. For some clients looking for even smoother crows feet beyond this age, there’s always preventative Tox treatments. As clients age, sometimes they want to look like they aren’t aging, and treating crows feet is one way to make that happen.

How do crow’s feet happen?

Picture this: every time you flash a smile, squint at the sun, or even furrow your brows in concentration, your facial muscles are at work. Over time, these repeated expressions leave their mark in the form of crow's feet. It's like your skin starts to remember all those moments, etching them gently at the corners of your eyes.

Now, age is the main co-conspirator here. As we get older, our skin loses collagen and elastin—those proteins that keep it plump and elastic. So, those expression lines that used to bounce back? They start to stick around a bit longer, and then some more, until they're part of the landscape.

Skimping on hydration, skipping the sunscreen, or falling into bed without washing your face can accelerate the appearance of crow's feet. Environmental factors like pollution and smoke can also fast-track the aging process, contributing to those fine lines. It's like your skin is in a constant battle with the elements, and without proper protection, it's bound to show some wear.

So, in a nutshell, crow's feet are a mixtape of your expressions, the ticking clock, your skincare habits, and the environment. Here is a complete Crow's Feet Guide if you want to learn more.

How can I treat crow’s feet without surgery?

If you've noticed crow's feet, you might be wondering how to smooth them out without going under the knife. The good news is, there are several non-surgical options available that can help diminish their appearance, making your skin look younger and more refreshed. Here's a look at some effective treatments:

Consult A Pinch Provider

Before diving into any treatment, it's crucial to chat with a qualified medical professional. They can assess your skin and recommend the best course of action tailored to your skin's needs and your aesthetic goals.

Eye Cream

Don't underestimate the power of a good eye cream. Look for products packed with ingredients like retinol, peptides, and hyaluronic acid, which can help stimulate collagen production, hydrate the skin, and reduce the visibility of crow's feet over time. Eye cream should be consistently applied.

Cosmetic Injectables Treatment

Tox is a popular choice for softening crow's feet by relaxing the muscles around the eyes, reducing the appearance of those wrinkles. This treatment is quick, with results that can last several months, making it a go-to for many looking for a non-permanent solution. Botox is one of many neuromodulators, including BOTOX, Xeomin, Dysport and more. Tox treatments last 3 or more months and can be used preventatively.

What is the treatment process like? 

Opting for Tox treatments like Botox or Xeomin for Crow's Feet offers a swift and simple process. Initially, you'll have a consultation with your practitioner to discuss your goals and assess the area around your eyes. This ensures a tailored treatment plan. The actual procedure is quick, often taking just a few minutes. Using a fine needle, small amounts of Tox are injected into the targeted muscles, with minimal discomfort—some patients report a slight pinch. The entire appointment can be as short as 30 minutes, making it a convenient option. Results appear within a week or two, creating a smoother look around your eyes, with effects lasting about three to four months.

What do I need to do for aftercare? 

After undergoing treatment for crow's feet with cosmetic injectables, it's crucial to follow specific aftercare instructions to ensure the best possible results and minimize any potential side effects. While you should consult your provider for specifics, here are some guidelines:

Post-treatment, some clients may experience mild swelling, redness, or bruising at the injection sites, which typically subsides within a few days. To aid in a smooth recovery, avoid rubbing or massaging the treated area for at least 24 hours; this prevents the product from spreading to unintended areas. Strenuous exercise, exposure to excessive heat (like saunas or hot yoga), and lying down flat for a few hours immediately after the procedure should also be avoided. These precautions help maintain the placement of the injectable and reduce swelling. Staying hydrated and applying a cold compress can alleviate any discomfort.

How Many Units For Crow’s Feet Tox?

The number of Tox units required for treating crow's feet varies depending on the client’s muscle strength, skin elasticity, and wrinkle depth.
Typically, a total of 12 to 24 units of Tox is used to treat crow's feet, with approximately 6 to 12 units injected per side of the face. Cost per unit can vary, but assuming roughly $12 per unit, the cost to treat crow’s feet would be $125 to $350. Your qualified Healthcare Provider can determine the precise amount needed to meet your goals.

Book An At-Home Treatment With Pinch

If you’re looking to feel like your favorite self by preventing or reducing Crow’s Feet, we’d invite you to consider booking a comfortable at home med spa treatment with Pinch. Pinch will send an Nurse Practitioner, to your home, for fair upfront pricing that’s competitive with you going to an office.

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