The eyes are the window to the soul and also one of the earliest visible signs of aging when crows feet and under-eye wrinkles start to betray your age. Whether you’re only noticing crows feet when you smile or if your make-up has begun to settle into the wrinkles around your eyes, you don’t have to rely on moderately effective over-the-counter eye creams to soften these fine lines. At Prizant Dermatology in Pittsburgh, PA we know the best treatment for tricky signs of aging is Xeomin, the number one solution for pesky crows feet.
How Can You Get Rid of Crows Feet?
Crows feet refer to the wrinkles and fine lines that form on the outer corner of the eyes, usually spanning out like sun rays from the outer corners to the top-most portion of the cheeks, and even sometimes to the under-eye area. The kitsch name for these wrinkles don’t undercut how much these lines can prematurely age your face, even if they are somewhat charming and colloquial indicators that you’ve led a life filled with laughter and smiles.
So, how can you get rid of these little wrinkles around your eyes? While you might give expensive eye creams and at-home treatments a shot, the most effective treatment is actually Xeomin, a neurotoxin injectable treatment that can relax, soften, and smooth these wrinkles for several months at a time. Xeomin treatment is as simple as having a skilled technician administer units of the neurotoxin to these wrinkles, which loosens the muscles on the outer corners of the eye and restores your youthful appearance.
What Causes Crows Feet?
There is some debate about what causes these so-called little crow feet on your face. Common folk knowledge says that these are merely a different type of expression line, not unlike the ones that form around your nose and mouth from smiling; like nasolabial expression lines, expression lines around the eyes are signs of perpetual smiles. Or squinting, which is the second-most common folktale about these particular wrinkles.
Science, on the other hand, has a different explanation. For example, some research indicates that these wrinkles are primarily caused by unprotected exposure to UV light, which makes sense given that the skin around the eye is thinner, more delicate, and less saturated in melanin than the skin on the rest of your face.
Another theory indicates that the area around the eye is one of the first places the skin experiences a slowed production of collagen and elastin, the proteins responsible for supporting skin structure. As we age, our bodies naturally slow the production of these proteins, which commonly leads to the development of fine lines, wrinkles, dryness, thinness, and skin laxity all over the face.
Why Are These Wrinkles Problematic?
These wrinkles are problematic for a few reasons, including the fact that they can prematurely age you by years. But you may also consider the fact that both skincare products and make-up will are more difficult to apply when these wrinkles are prominent. Also as a point of note, the development of these wrinkles is generally the first sign that the rest of your skin will be growing laxer soon, as well.
5 Advantages of Xeomin
The primary use of Xeomin is for the treatment of glabellar lines or the vertical lines that form between the eyebrows. However, Xeomin has proven to be just as effective for other wrinkles around the eye area, including crows feet, as well as fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth. Xeomin is essentially an ideal treatment for any wrinkle formed by expressions over the lifespan.
2. Good Botox Alternative
Although Botox has direct competition with Dysport, it’s widely known that Xeomin is an excellent alternative to both of these neurotoxins. Why? It has everything to do with the unique formula Xeomin uses, which is a “naked” form of the same neurotoxin used in Botox.
However, because Botox is purified with additional binding proteins, some people are not as responsive to Botox treatment, and this is where Xeomin comes in. It is just as powerful as Botox but is more compatible with more people.
As a neurotoxin injectable, this treatment is non-surgical. What that means for you is that you will not have to endure a lengthy recovery time or any invasive techniques for treatment. All Xeomin requires is a few carefully-placed injections at targeted areas of the face, which will smooth and relax all fine lines and wrinkles.
4. Quick Results
When people talk about the results from neurotoxin treatments, it’s a known fact that neurotoxin treatments take several weeks to show results. Xeomin is different. More similar to its dermal filler cousins, Xeomin can produce results in as little as 5 days, a full week sooner than other neurotoxin injectables. This means patients can have Xeomin treatments closer to important life events and can maintain results much more seamlessly.
5. Longer Results
Xeomin also produces longer results than other neurotoxins: Botox and Dysport especially. Although it is common for neurotoxin treatments to last for 3 to 4 months, Xeomin pushes the boundaries of these results by sometimes lasting as long as 5 months at a time, meaning patients may require less frequent treatments to maintain results.
1. What Can You Expect From Xeomin Consultation?
Your consultation will be your first appointment at our clinic or, if you are a returning patient, an introductory appointment for Xeomin. During this appointment, we will examine key areas of concern, particularly signs of aging around the eyes and mouth. We will discuss expectations for treatment and how this treatment fits into your overall aesthetic goals. We will determine your eligibility for treatment at this time.
2. Can You Develop a Tolerance to Xeomin?
Because Xeomin uses a “naked” form of botulinum toxin, which does not contain any protein additives that bind the neurotoxin, it is very difficult for your body to develop any tolerance to this treatment. This is a distinct difference between this neurotoxin and Botox, which you can develop a tolerance to after repeated consecutive uses. Because you cannot build a tolerance to Xeomin, you are able to use this treatment for a longer period of time and you are able to maintain results consistently.
3. How Many Units Will You Need?
Generally speaking, most patients only require 20 units of Xeomin to achieve desired results. This standard of units may vary depending on your exact needs. For example, if you have more areas that need to be treated, you may require the use of more units to reach your aesthetic goals.
4. How Often Should You Have Xeomin Treatment?
Most patients opt to have regular Xeomin treatments about every 4 to 5 months to maintain results. You may need treatments more frequently if your appearance concerns are more varied or more severe. Patients who have more pronounced wrinkles around the eyes and mouth may find that they need treatments every 12 weeks instead of every 16. We will help you determine how frequently you need treatments to be able to maintain your desired results.
5. Can You Enhance Results?
It is possible to enhance or prolong the results of your cosmetic treatments. One very simple way to enhance results is to follow a skincare routine that stimulates the production of collagen in your skin, which will help your injectable treatment last for a longer period of time and will improve the appearance of your skin over time.
You can also enhance results by having a regular sleep cycle and drinking plenty of water, both of which are essential to skin health and maintaining a youthful appearance. Your results may also benefit if you can manage your stress levels so the habit of wrinkling your brow or frowning is less common.
6. Can You Combine Treatments?
Many patients regularly combine other cosmetic treatments with this one for the purpose of creating more comprehensive anti-aging results. Because neurotoxins are essentially facial muscle relaxers, the type of treatments that are combined with Xeomin are generally for superficial skin concerns, such as dark spots, scarring, enlarged pores, uneven skin tone and texture, dryness, and sun damage.
The one exception to this rule is the use of dermal fillers, which are commonly combined with neurotoxins to restore skin volume and soften other fine lines on the face.
7. How Do You Know if Xeomin Is Right for You?
There are a few hallmarks that will tell you if this treatment is right for you, including:
You Don’t Respond to Botox
Some patients do not respond to Botox or Dysport. This can be for a variety of reasons, but the most common are: your biology does not respond to purified botulinum toxin, or you have developed a tolerance to Botox or Dysport from consecutive repeated usage.
In either case, Xeomin is a good option for you because the majority of patients who are not responsive to Botox are responsive to treatment with Xeomin.
You Want Natural Results
Although Botox and other injectable treatments are powerful anti-aging treatments, sometimes they can produce results that look less than natural. Botox is a very potent concentration of botulinum toxin, which can mean that the immobility of the facial muscles may look – and feel – somewhat unnatural.
Xeomin, on the other hand, produces more natural-looking results because Xeomin only loosens facial muscles, rather than numbing them to movement completely.
You Need to Treat Multiple Areas
Although other neurotoxin injectables are now being used on multiple areas of the face, Xeomin still proves to be the one that is the most diverse for challenging fine lines and wrinkles, especially those related to expression lines.
8. Are You a Good Candidate?
Patients who would like to soften and reduce the appearance of crows feet or other wrinkles around the eyes generally make good candidates for this treatment.
You may also be a good candidate if you no longer respond to Botox, if you are looking for quick, long-lasting, and naturally-looking results, and if you have multiple areas of the face that may require treatment. The best candidates for this treatment include patients who want to:
- Relax the appearance of crows feet
- Reduce fine lines around the eyes
- Correct glabellar lines
- Soften expression lines
- Restore confidence and youthful appearance
Relax Your Appearance With Xeomin Today!
If eyes are the windows to the soul, then you should invest in doing everything you can to keeping the view as pristine and beautiful as you can. It’s time to rethink how you treat wrinkles around your eyes and start relaxing your appearance with Xeomin today! Please call Prizant Dermatology in Pittsburgh, PA to schedule your consultation appointment.