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Best Treatments for Crow’s Feet

crow's feetAre you tired of looking at lines around your eyes? If so, you’re not alone. Many products and treatments are now specially designed to address these signs of aging.

Reducing crow’s feet can be done from a three-dimensional perspective: from the surface of the skin; in the deep layer of the skin; and in the muscle.

My name is Dr. Aeria Chang, and welcome to my beauty blog. I have been treating crow’s feet and other aging challenges in men and women for over a decade.

Read on to learn more about how I address crow’s feet for patients.

Surface Treatments

Crow’s feet usually start off as faint fine lines that are present only when one smiles or makes certain facial expressions (aka dynamic wrinkles). This generally starts happening when someone is in their late 20’s or early 30’s. At this stage, the skin can be plumped up with hyaluronic acid cream or serum to see improvements.

To exfoliate dead skin cells, tretinoin (Retinol-based) products are extremely effective at increasing cell turnover to reveal younger, fresher looking skin. Vitamin C, niacinamide (vitamin B3), and CoQ-10 are powerful topical compounds that can also improve skin texture.

Facials and superficial chemical peels are also very effective for overall anti-aging results, and some are ideal for the delicate eye area. Another treatment I love to use on crow’s feet is LED light therapy. It is gentle and highly effective!

crow's feet fillersDeep Skin Treatments

In the deep layers of tissue under the skin are the cells that produce collagen and elastin. These youth-boosting skin factors help your skin to stay tight and snap back into place after being stretched or flexed.

As we age, static wrinkles begin to set in. This type of wrinkle is one that remains, even after a facial expression is made. Generally, static wrinkles begin to show up starting in our late 30’s to mid-40’s. These types of wrinkles result from collagen and elastin under the skin breaking down faster than it can be produced. This leaves behind deep creases in the skin.

Treatments that I like to use in this case target the deep layers of the skin. Dermal fillers pack a one-two punch because they 1) fill in deep wrinkles with a hydrating hyaluronic acid gel and 2) boost the body’s collagen production where it’s been injected. Fillers that I use around the eyes include Juvederm, Restylane, and Volbella.

Thermal-based treatments are also highly effective (and no injections are needed!). Devices like Exilis Ultra and Venus VIVA gently heat the skin to stimulate the skin’s deep collagen layer. This process boosts collagen production and reduces wrinkles.

Lutronic Genius is another device that I like to use for the eye area, face, and neck. Using tiny gold-plated microneedles, this device coagulates the dermis by passing radiofrequency energy through the microneedles. The skin is prompted to heal itself after treatment, and collagen production is increased.

In some cases, ablative laser treatment is the right choice for clients. Be sure to come in for a one-on-one consultation to find out which treatments are right for you.

Muscle Treatment

The deepest level of treatment for crow’s feet is in the muscle itself. Because most wrinkles start off as dynamic wrinkles (i.e., when facial expressions are made), the treatment relaxes the facial muscles that cause the wrinkles to appear.

botox for crow's feet

Botox can be used around the eyes to temporarily stop facial muscles from moving in the treated areas. This smooths away wrinkles because the involved muscles can no longer move. Botox can even prevent new wrinkles from forming, if treatments are maintained.

Crow’s Feet Treatments in San Diego – Dr. Aeria Chang

Visit me in San Diego for your custom-tailored treatment plan. Most aesthetic practices in Southern California offer cosmetic treatments performed by nurses, PAs, or other medical folks.

However, at Beatitude Aesthetic Medicine, I do all of the cosmetic procedures and injections myself. You have the advantage of getting my expertise as a medical doctor. Competence and experience counts! Call today: (619) 280-1609.


*Botox, Volbella, and Juvederm are registered trademarks of Allergan, Inc. Restylane is a registered trademark of Galderma.


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Patient Stories Dr. Chang has an eye for symmetry and aesthetics. I went in for a consultation to have fillers under my eyes. Instead I was educated on my facial anatomy. I agreed to some fillers in my forehead and cheeks instead and could not be more pleased with the outcome.
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