Neurotoxin Injections

Botox for Crow’s Feet

Learn more about our go-to solution for combating Crow’s feet with Botox injections. Renowned for its ability to diminish wrinkles caused by expression, Botox is a top choice for achieving smoother, softer skin.

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Everything you need to know about Botox for crow’s feet

Crow’s feet, those subtle creases that fan out from the corners of your eyes and temples, are aptly named for their resemblance to the bird’s claw marks. As unwelcome signs of aging, they can add years to your appearance. Luckily, Botox® cosmetic injections offer a solution to either prevent or diminish the visibility of these crow’s feet, restoring a youthful and refreshed look.

What are crow’s feet?

Crow’s feet, those telltale lines etched at the corners of the eyes, are the result of dynamic facial movements like laughing or smiling. Over time, as our muscles contract and our skin loses elasticity, these lines become more pronounced, even lingering when our faces are at rest.

Skin laxity further exacerbates their appearance; while youthful skin rebounds smoothly after being compressed or stretched during expressions, aging skin loses its resilience, leading to sagging and wrinkling.

The delicate skin around the eyes is particularly susceptible to the effects of lifestyle factors such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and sun damage, all of which can accelerate the development of crow’s feet. Inadequate skincare and overall poor health may also contribute to their formation.

Common causes for wrinkles around the eye

Crow’s feet, those wrinkles extending from the outer corners of the eyes, earn their name from their resemblance to a bird’s claws. Alternatively known as laugh lines, character lines, lateral canthal lines, or periorbital lines, these marks signify the delicate nature of the skin surrounding the eyes and the frequent muscle activity in this area. Remarkably, crow’s feet can manifest as early as one’s 20s due to these factors.

As individuals age, the prominence of crow’s feet intensifies, irrespective of other facial wrinkles, contributing to an aged appearance. But what precisely triggers the development of crow’s feet and other facial wrinkles? There are three primary factors to consider:

1. Facial expressions

Preventing the formation of wrinkles and fine lines entirely would require abstaining from laughing, smiling, squinting, frowning, or raising our eyebrows—a feat nearly impossible for most. These facial expressions involve repetitive muscle contractions that fold and furrow the skin, leading to the development of expression lines and dynamic wrinkles. In addition to crow’s feet, other dynamic wrinkles that may emerge include:

Glabellar lines

These lines, resembling the number ‘11’, emerge between the eyebrows and above the nose when clients frown or squint.

Forehead wrinkles

Contraction of the frontalis muscle, spanning the forehead, leads to the formation of unwanted lines as the brow raises.

Marionette lines

Vertical wrinkles, reminiscent of a marionette puppet’s strings, develop at the corners of the mouth and extend downward towards the chin due to dynamic movements, gravity, and aging.

2. Lifestyle factors and habits

Maintaining a balanced diet, adequate sleep, and managing stress are essential factors for maintaining smooth, youthful skin. Conversely, lifestyle choices such as smoking can expedite wrinkle formation, as the chemicals in tobacco smoke hasten the breakdown of healthy skin fibers. Prolonged exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays and neglecting skincare routines further accelerate skin aging. Therefore, it’s crucial for clients to prioritize hydration and protection by using SPF eye cream to moisturize and shield the delicate skin around the eyes.

3. Natural loss of facial elasticity

The human skin possesses inherent elasticity, akin to that of a rubber band, allowing it to rebound to its initial state when compressed or stretched. Yet, as we age, the production of collagen and elastin, crucial proteins for skin elasticity, diminishes. In their absence, wrinkles emerge, and facial skin begins to sag.

How does Botox for crow’s feet work? Can Botox get rid of crow’s feet?

Absolutely, Botox stands as a secure and efficient choice for addressing crow’s feet. Its application in treating these lines yields a refreshed, younger look by effectively diminishing wrinkles and lines.

While crow’s feet are an inevitable aspect of aging, various cosmetic products exist to help clients diminish these telltale signs of aging. Among them, Botox stands out as the most popular choice due to its safety and high efficacy. Patients aged between 25 and 65 can benefit from Botox injections to soften mild creases and fine lines or address deeper wrinkles and folds.

Botox, derived from the purified form of botulinum toxin type A, is typically associated with deadly botulism. However, when administered in small doses for cosmetic purposes, Botox is entirely safe. Its mechanism involves blocking nerve signals from the brain to the facial muscles, thereby reducing contractions.

Botox for Crow’s feet works by temporarily relaxing the orbicularis oculi muscle around the eyes that are responsible for causing wrinkles when they contract. When injected into specific areas, Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles, preventing them from contracting as strongly. This results in a smoother appearance of the skin around the eyes, reducing the visibility of Crow’s feet.

While Botox can significantly diminish the appearance of Crow’s feet, it doesn’t permanently get rid of them. The effects of Botox typically last for several months, after which muscle activity gradually returns, and wrinkles may reappear. However, with regular treatments, the severity of Crow’s feet can be significantly reduced, and the skin can appear smoother and more youthful over time.

Botox Units for Crow’s Feet

Every person’s Botox dosage for crow’s feet treatment is tailored to their specific needs. Since crow’s feet are typically a small treatment area, fewer Botox units are required. Allergan, the manufacturer of Botox, suggests using 24 units — approximately 6 injections per eye — for optimal results. However, given the potency of each Botox unit, beginners are advised to start conservatively, often with around 10 units initially. At Direct Aesthetics, Botox for crow’s feet injections typically range from $300 to $400 per session.

Ideal candidates for Botox treatment targeting Crow’s feet

Botox treatments are not recommended for individuals with underlying health conditions, particularly those with neurological or muscular disorders. Pregnant or breastfeeding patients, as well as those allergic to Botox ingredients, should also refrain from this treatment. Consulting with an experienced plastic surgeon before proceeding with the treatment is essential. In addition to assessing your suitability for the procedure, a consultation allows your provider to identify target areas based on your individual facial anatomy.

The Botox for Crow’s Feet procedure

At Direct Aesthetics, your Botox provider will begin by applying a topical anesthetic or using ice to numb the skin surrounding the eye area. Then, using a very fine needle, they will inject Botox into the targeted muscles. Typically, the entire procedure can be completed in under 30 minutes, although additional time may be required if you choose to combine it with other Botox treatments. Following the procedure, you can promptly resume your daily activities with no downtime.

Side Effects of Botox around the eyes

Side effects and risks associated with Botox treatment for crow’s feet are relatively uncommon but can still occur. Following the procedure, minor bruising, swelling, and redness may appear around the injection site, though widespread inflammation is rare. Less frequent side effects include temporary drooping of the eyelids, dryness around the eyes, misalignment of the eyebrows, and increased tearing, all of which typically resolve within 48 hours.

How long does Botox last for crow’s feet?

The duration of Botox’s effectiveness for crow’s feet, spanning approximately 3 to 4 months, is influenced by individual factors such as metabolism, muscle activity, and the dosage administered. While some individuals may experience longer-lasting results, others might find that the effects diminish more quickly. Factors such as lifestyle choices, sun exposure, and skincare routines can also play a role in the longevity of Botox’s effects. Regular touch-up injections are often recommended to maintain optimal results and sustain a youthful appearance over time.

When will I see results?

Typically, it takes around three days for Botox to yield visible results, with the full effects becoming apparent within two weeks. Upon smiling, you’ll notice smoother and less pronounced crow’s feet lines. However, these effects are temporary, lasting approximately 3 to 4 months. To sustain a youthful appearance, some clients choose to undergo regular touch-up injections.

Alternative Treatments for Crow’s Feet and Other Facial Wrinkles

While the Botox treatment may not suit everyone, it shouldn’t hinder you from achieving your desired appearance. In addition to weighing the advantages and disadvantages of Botox cosmetic injections, it’s worthwhile to inquire with your provider about alternative non-invasive cosmetic procedures for addressing crow’s feet. Some popular alternatives to Botox include:

Chemical Peel

At Direct Aesthetics, we offer chemical peels as a simple yet effective method for rejuvenating the delicate skin around the eyes. These peels are adept at smoothing wrinkles, reducing dark circles, and minimizing under-eye bags. Our skilled providers can recommend various types of chemical peels, such as retinoic acid or trichloroacetic peels, which are particularly effective for targeting crow’s feet. Administered at a medium depth and with utmost care to ensure safety, chemical peels can yield remarkable results in addressing crow’s feet that extend towards the sides of the face.


Microneedling, a type of dermabrasion, involves the use of thousands of tiny needles to puncture the skin, inducing microscopic tears that prompt cellular repair, resulting in enhanced skin elasticity and flexibility. This procedure synergizes effectively with chemical peels, as each needle prick creates channels for the chemical solution to penetrate deeper into the dermal layer.

Dermal filler

Dermal fillers offer a reliable remedy for smoothing wrinkles, elevating nasolabial folds, and replenishing volume in sunken facial areas. Typically containing hyaluronic acid, a protein naturally found in our bodies that retains moisture, these injectable fillers can effectively rejuvenate persistent crow’s feet, particularly when combined with Botox.

Crow’s feet before and after Botox

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close up of male with after Botox crow's feet
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Get rid of crow’s feet today with Botox from Direct Aesthetics in Rockford, MI

Say farewell to wrinkles, acne, and other imperfections. At Direct Aesthetics, we personalize all our treatments to suit each client’s unique goals and enhance their natural beauty. Instead of altering your appearance drastically, we focus on refining and complementing your existing features.

With our highly skilled master injectors leading the way in West Michigan, you’re assured an exceptional experience under our expert care. Schedule an appointment with Direct Aesthetics today to discover the difference.


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