Crow’s feet are the fine lines that appear around the far-side of our eyes, branching out towards our temple regions in the shape of a bird’s foot. As we age, our skin’s natural production of collagen and elastin slows down, causing our skin to lose its firmness and elasticity. These fine lines are particularly noticeable around the eyes where the skin is roughly 40 percent thinner than anywhere else on the face and is invariably caused by facial movements such as laughing, blinking and squinting.
The onset of crow’s feet may also be sped up by factors such as sun damage, genetics and lifestyle choices (e.g. smoking and alcohol). Owing to the thinness of the skin around the eyes, this is typically the area in which we notice the first signs of ageing. It can be improved with general anti-ageing treatments such as thread lifts, which improve the overall contours of the face, and medical chemical peels, or targeted more specifically with treatments such as PlexR.
Treatments for crow’s feet:
Botox is an excellent way to treat crow’s feet and prevent future lines from forming. It freezes tissue in place so that they cannot contract. A few touch-ups here and there will do a world of difference.
Dermal fillers are a more natural way to treat crow’s feet. Dermal fillers are injections containing either hyaluronic acid or collagen. They are injected into the problem area and begin “filling” out the wrinkles and fine lines.
Chemical peels have been proven to be one of the most effective treatments for getting rid of wrinkles. This is a process in which an acidic solution is applied to your face then removed. Over the next few days, the reaction will take effect in which the top, wrinkled layer of your skin will peel away, revealing a new, younger-looking layer of skin underneath.
Laser therapy, or more specifically laser resurfacing, is a more modern solution. With this treatment, a pulsating laser removes several thin layers of skin one by one to do away with the flawed top layer and reveal a smooth, untouched layer. The heat from the laser also promotes collagen production which will create smooth supple skin.