Crow’s feet (also known more kindly as smile lines) are those fine lines that develop at the corners of the eyes and can radiate out as far as the temples. Contrary to popular belief, they are not caused solely by smiling too much. They really result from collagen loss around the eyes, and are even more aggravated by smoking, squinting, sun damage, and the overall aging process.
Fortunately, you know by now that if there were no treatment for crow’s feet, I would not go through the trouble of writing this blog post about the subject. Advances in skin care technology allow Maine Laser Skin Care to combat crow’s feet in a variety of ways:
1.) Injectable Treatment– Physical movement caused by squinting and smiling can cause crow’s feet to develop in people’s faces even as early as in their 20’s. One technique to prevent lines from forming is by halting or impeding the movement of the orbicularis oculae, which is the circular muscle around the eye. Botox is the gold standard treatment for slowing this muscle with very predictable results and at relatively small doses. The Botox effect lasts at least 3 months. You will still be able to smile, but since the muscle is weakened, the lines do not persist.
2) Laser– Laser techniques can stimulate collagen production in the thinning skin around the eyes. Since collagen provides the supporting structure under the skin, new and more abundant collagen creates a more youthful appearance.
3) Radio Frequency– The newest addition to the fight against crow’s feet is a technique that uses radio frequency waves to tighten collagen around the eyes. Recently approved by the FDA, Pellevé uses the heat produced under the skin by radio frequency to treat existing collagen and stimulate new production reducing the appearance of crow’s feet. I will be writing more about the advantages of Pellevé soon, but the most exciting benefit is that I can treat much closer to the eyes than ever before to reduce both the bagginess and dark circles under the eyes, as well as smile lines.
I hope that this summary helps gives you hope about the battle against the aging process, especially around the eyes. Give Becky or Denise call at (207) 873-2158 to set up a consultation and you can see how Maine Laser Skin Care can help you look better and feel better too.