How long does the treatment for smile lines and crows feet take?
Treatments take from 5-10 minutes to carry out, and are performed by a doctor. The actual ‘injection part’ of the treatment can be as short as 30 seconds.
What are crows feet?
Lines at the sides of the eyes develop as we get older. This is due to the repetitive action of the obicularis occuli muscles that sit around the eye muscle. These muscles are active when we close our eyes fully and also when we smile.
Over time, use of this muscle results in permanent lines that remain even when we stop smiling. The overall effect is a tired and aged appearance.
There are another group of lines around the eye that can be treated these are tear trough lines(link to other page)
Ways of treating
There are two main ways of treating the lines around the eyes. The first method of treatment is by weakening the action of the obicularis muscle. When weakened, the lines can no longer form as strongly when smiling (proportional to how strong the patient and doctor choose to go). And this is how the lines settle. The second method of treating these lines would be to use fillers selectively on some minor or irregular lines that may be positioned under the eyes.
Does it hurt?
Eye treatments area surprisingly painless for most people, described by patients as ‘just a pinch’. Officially treatment in this area is classed as between a 2 and 3 on the ‘1-10 pain scale’. This is equivalent to somewhere between a mosquito bite(2/10) and a paper cut(3/10). A lot of people would consider the pain level to be similar to squeezing a spot.
Are there any side effects?
The side effects associated with treatment in this area are quite limited, and it is important to aim to use the least amount of product to get the desired effect in order to minimize the small chance of these. Common needle side effects include temporary (5-10 minutes) swelling and redness, less commonly bruising, and then much less commonly again, product specific side effects which your doctor will discuss with you before treatment. Best practice is to under treat and add more later if it is needed, rather than over treating and waiting for the excess treatment to wear off. We encourage all clients to return for a review appointment with the doctor 2-4 weeks after treatment.