Are you constantly searching for the best eye cream for crow’s feet? Maybe you’ve tried some of those “breakthrough” products that come across your feed that claim to be a natural alternative to BOTOX for crow’s feet. Unfortunately, you can’t fix crow’s feet with creams and serums that go on the skin. 

At MFI in San Francisco, we know BOTOX is the best treatment for crow’s feet. But if you’re still not sure, we’re here to explain your options and give you the information you need to make an educated choice. 

BOTOX for Crow’s Feet Before and After 

If you need proof that BOTOX is the best way to get rid of crow’s feet, just take a look at our patients’ real results. 

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Lines, creases, or wrinkles at the outside corners of the eyes (crow’s feet)BOTOX®

What Are Crow’s Feet? 

Crow’s feet are wrinkles at the outer corners of the eyes caused by folding of the skin with smiling or squinting. Depending on your anatomy, they can be subtle or prominent. At first, they may seem endearing, but as you age, they can become more noticeable and unwanted. Crow’s feet are “dynamic wrinkles,” meaning they are caused by repeated facial expressions. 

How To Get Rid of Crow’s Feet Without BOTOX 

The battle against crow’s feet is real—and really big business. If you’ve ever searched online for the best way to get rid of crow’s feet, you’ve probably heard of or tried some of these:  

  • Expensive creams/serums 
  • Stick-on patches 
  • Lemon juice 
  • Lasers, microneedling, or peels 
  • Devices/tools 
  • Vitamins/supplements 

It would be great if there were a simple, at-home remedy that could correct crow’s feet, but you’re better off saving your time and money. The only way to erase crow’s feet is by addressing the underlying cause. 

What Causes Crow’s Feet? 

When you laugh, smile, squint, or scowl, you’ll see those whisker-like lines at the outer corners of your eyes. When those lines stick around even when your face is at rest, that’s when they earn the dreaded name “crow’s feet.” Understanding what causes these creases is key to understanding how to treat them.   

Repeated Facial Expressions 

Your eyes and cheeks are a big part of virtually all of your facial expressions. When you smile or laugh, your cheeks lift, folding the skin in the area beneath the eyes. Squinting and frowning also crease the skin at the outer corners of the eye. Over many years, these creases become worn into the skin in a fan-like pattern that resembles a bird’s foot, hence the name.  

Excessive Squinting 

Squinting is a normal reaction to bright light or difficulty reading small print, but you may be squinting more often than you should. If you have eyes that are very sensitive to light, you may be squinting without being aware of it. Also, you may be chronically squinting if you need corrective lenses or a stronger prescription. 

Diminished Skin Quality 

No matter how well you take care of your skin, it will eventually begin to lose its elasticity and firmness. As you lose fat and your body starts producing less collagen, you’ll see expression lines forming and other signs of aging. This is accelerated in people who smoke, get a lot of sun exposure, and don’t prioritize good skin care.  

BOTOX: The Best Treatment for Crow’s Feet 

When a product or a treatment claims to be “better than BOTOX” for crow’s feet, you can skip it. The only way to soften crow’s feet is to relax the muscles that pull on your skin and cause wrinkles. Neuromodulators like BOTOX Cosmetic are designed specifically for treating these dynamic wrinkles. 

The skilled Injectors at MFI use a tiny needle to carefully inject BOTOX or Dysport® (another neuromodulator) into the muscles beneath the crow’s feet. Once those muscles relax (in about a week), the skin smooths, and the crow’s feet fade. This is often done as part of our BOTOX for Forehead & Brow procedure.  

How To Prevent Crow’s Feet 

While everyone will have lines at the corners of their eyes eventually, there are things you can do to hold them off for as long as possible.  

Keep Those Shades Handy 

The more you squint, the sooner you’re going to develop crow’s feet. Bright light is one of the main causes of squinting, so sunglasses seem like a no-brainer. On top of helping you squint less, sunglasses can protect the skin around your eyes from the aging effects of UV rays—which can also damage your eyes and cause vision problems.  

Prioritize Healthy Eyes 

Your vision is constantly changing, and you may be squinting more than you realize. Make sure your prescription is up to date if you wear corrective lenses. Long hours on screens are a big culprit when it comes to excessive squinting, so think about investing in blue light-blocking computer glasses and give yourself plenty of screen breaks. 

Preventive BOTOX 

Some people start getting BOTOX or Dysport for crow’s feet in their 30s or 40s when they start noticing the branch-like lines etched into their skin. Others start as early as their 20s in order to prevent crow’s feet from forming in the first place. 

Wrinkles Under the Eyes 

Wrinkled, crepe-y skin under the eyes isn’t the same as crow’s feet. Under-eye wrinkles may be caused by: 

  • Diminished skin quality 
  • Volume loss 
  • Repeated facial expressions 

Wrinkles under the eyes are very difficult to treat. While fillers are helpful for treating dark circles and bags under the eyes, they are not great for treating wrinkles. BOTOX may be placed under the eyes to treat thickened or bulging muscles or to enlarge the appearance of the eyes, but not to treat the wrinkles. 

Before and after of brunette patient. Procedure provided with a reduction of crows feet wrinkling around the eyes
Before & After
Woman smiling before and after. Procedure provided with a reduction of crows feet wrinkling around the eyes
Before & After
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