Crow’s feet is the term used to describe the fine lines and wrinkles found at the outer corners of your eyes. There are two variations of these wrinkles; dynamic and static. Dynamic wrinkles are said to be caused mainly by facial expressions. Every smile, frown, and eyebrow raise has contributed to creating tiny creases at the corner of the eyes.
Static wrinkles are caused by natural occurrences, like gravity and aging. As we age, our skin begins to lose elastin, a protein found in our skin responsible for keeping our skin firm. When it begins to disappear, our skin becomes loose, making it easy to manipulate without returning to normal. So as the skin continues to crease and the elastin continues to disappear, it results in seemingly permanent lines.
Crow’s feet can be a direct result of both static and dynamic wrinkles.
Since crow’s feet naturally appear as we age, it’s almost impossible to completely prevent them. However, you can minimize their severity with a few lifestyle choices.
Take care of your overall health by exercising regularly and eating a balanced diet. Wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the harmful rays that dry your skin out causing wrinkles, including crow’s feet. Wear sunglasses, even on overcast days to prevent squinting. And moisturize your face morning and night.
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.
If you are looking for something slightly more natural, talk to your dermatologist about a retinol cream. These creams are filled with Vitamin A and retinoic acid that contribute to more youthful looking skin.
If you are in the Cincinnati, Ohio area, just reach out to our experts at The Dermatology Group and we’ll help you explore treatment options, give you advice, resources, and more.. Give us a call today!