About Crow’s Feet
What are crow’s feet?
Crows feet’ is the popular name given to the lines around the eyes. In some people they occur when squinting, in others they are there at rest.
How do you treat crow’s feet?
Crow’s feet are treated using anti-wrinkle injections. The anti-wrinkle product relaxes the muscle around the eye and leads to a reduction in the ability to form lines when smiling.
In the video below Dr Jonathan Brown from Cityskin discusses how to treat crows feet using anti-wrinkle injections. In this patient 7 units were used on each side to reduce the lines on smiling and at rest. The treatment has also provided a subtle brow lift.
Why do we develop crows feet?
Crow’s feet develop due to sun exposure, smoking, and repeated use of the muscles around the eyes.
The video below shows Dr Brown from Cityskin discussing how anti-wrinkle injections work.
Which crow’s feet are more difficult to treat?
When crows feet radiate down the cheek, as shown in the picture below, they become hard to treat. This is because the lower crows feet lie very close to the muscles that lift the cheeks and mouth corners, as shown in the second image below.
If lower crows feet are treated too aggressively it can restrict the ability to lift the cheeks and make the cheeks look flatter and less full.
One option for treating lower crows feet is to use dermal filler rather than anti-wrinkle injections. Dermal filler can soften the lower crows and preserve the cheek height which could be lost if anti-wrinkle injections were used.
Dr Ilana Galgut and Dr Brown discuss how to treat lower crows feet in the video below.
Crows feet treatment costs
How much does it cost to treat crow’s feet?
The cost of treating crows feet in a female patient is between $120 and $288 depending on the number of units needed. Men generally need around 1.5 times more than women to achieve the same result.
How many units do I need to treat crow’s feet?
The number of anti-wrinkle units that you might need depends on the depth of the lines and how much they extend down the cheeks. For minimal crows feet we generally use 5-6 units on each side. For extensive crows feet we can use 10-12 units on each side. Men may need 1.5 times this amount due to having stronger muscles. Read all about anti-wrinkle units here.
Before / after photos
Crows feet before / after pictures
All of the patients shown below have had crows eet treatment at Cityskin.
Are crow’s feet injections painful?
It feels like a small sting when you have crows feet treated but treatment is less painful than patients expect.
How do I treat diagonal lower crows feet?
The diagonal crows feet that some people experience are probably the most difficult to treat. These can be treated with very gentle amounts of anti-wrinkle product but sometimes we need to use dermal filler. Bianca Quon from Cityskin discusses treating difficult crows feet in the video below.
How many injections will I need to treat my crow’s feet?
The diagram below shows our technique for injecting simple crows feet with 6 units of anti-wrinkle product. We inject 2 units into each injection point as shown below. Injections are very superficial under the skin to reduce the risk of bruising.
The example below shows us treating more difficult crow’s feet. 5 small injections are made with 2 units given to all injections. Injections are made at least 1cm away from the eye to be safe, and injections are superficial to avoid bruising.