The skin goes through gradual changes over time. Signs of aging often appear prominently on certain parts of the face, such as the delicate eye area. Lines or creases known as crow’s feet appear on the eye corners, spreading out.
They develop over time due to muscle contractions that occur because of facial expressions. If your crow’s feet appear when you smile, they are dynamic. Static wrinkles are always visible but worsen due to muscle contractions.
FORMATION OF CROW’S FEET
Aging skin is a natural process that will affect every individual over time. The periorbital region or eye area is highly susceptible to signs of aging. The gradual loss of collagen and elastin that help to keep the skin firm causes the skin to become loose. As the supportive proteins reduce, it is difficult for the skin to retain its shape.
Crow’s feet are the wrinkles that appear at the eye corners. Movement of the eyelid muscles highlights the crow’s feet’s appearance. Wrinkle formation can occur due to natural aging, smoking, sun exposure, and facial expressions.
GETTING RID OF CROW’S FEET
Treatment for crow’s feet will depend on the severity and desired results. Sometimes, the doctor may recommend a combination of several treatments. Treatment options include:
- Topical creams.
- Botox® (botulin toxin).
- Dermal fillers.
- Chemical peels.
- Laser resurfacing.
An aesthetician can recommend the best treatment based on your skin condition. Most treatment options are temporary, necessitating repeated procedures to maintain the results.
USING BOTOX® FOR CROW’S FEET
Botox® is the most popular and affordable way to get rid of crow’s feet. The injections are effective, and they are ideal for smoothing facial wrinkles. The treatment works by temporarily blocking nerves or paralyzing muscles on the treatment site. The results of the treatment last between three to 12 months.
CONCEALING CROW’S FEET
Crow’s feet can be difficult to conceal, but there are things that you can do to reduce their appearance. Helpful tips include:
- Applying moisturizing eye cream morning and night.
- Using a silicon-based primer to create a smoother appearance.
- Avoid heavy makeup that can make the wrinkles more pronounced.
- Avoid using loose powder on the eye area, as it tends to settle in the creases.
- Use a damp sponge to apply a foundation and blend it well.
- Avoid shimmering eye makeup, false eyelashes, and anything that draws attention to the eye area.
PREVENTING CROW’S FEET
Crow’s feet naturally come with aging, but there are things you can do to slow their development or limit their severity. Limiting sun exposure and wearing sunscreen daily can help prevent wrinkle formation. Eating a diet rich in vegetables, fresh fruit, healthy oils, and whole grains can help protect the skin.
Daily exercises boost oxygen to the skin, enhancing its appearance. Other prevention measures include wearing polarized sunglasses, avoiding tanning beds, and quitting smoking. Use eye creams and moisturizers rich in antioxidants and collagen. The skin around the eye is delicate, making it vulnerable to crow’s feet. The lines are usually more prominent when you smile.
For more about getting rid of crow’s feet, visit Beverly Hills Aesthetics at our Los Angeles, California office. Call 424-284-7570 to schedule an appointment today.