Ageing is an irreversible process. Multiple factors contribute to fine lines and wrinkles as we get older, resulting in aging skin. Around the eyes is one of the most common places where we show our age.
Aging is an unavoidable aspect of the aging process. A variety of factors contribute to fine lines and wrinkles as we age, creating a ‘perfect storm’ for aged skin. Around the eyes is one of the most common places where we show our age.
Those fine lines around the eye area are referred to as “crow’s feet”. These tiny wrinkles might also be known as “smile lines” since they form when we grin. These little wrinkles may not be problematic when you’re grinning, but they are definitely detrimental when they become permanent characteristics of your face.
People usually seek advice when wrinkles around their eyes become visible when they are not moving. These are known as “static wrinkles,” and they are always visible. If these little creases only appear when a person smiles, they are called “dynamic wrinkles” and treatment can prevent them deepening or becoming static.
Ageing causes crow’s feet, but what happens to the skin during the development of static crow’s feet? As you age, collagen and elastin, two proteins present in the skin’s supportive structure, are produced in lower quantities. Because these proteins are responsible for the skin’s firm, plump look, they are primarily responsible for their production.
As you age, your skin becomes even more transparent, specifically around the eyes. Around-eye skin is already thin as tissue paper, so rubbing or pulling on it as you apply makeup can cause a negative impact on your appearance. When the skin is thin, it is more prone to developing wrinkles.
The tiny muscles around your eyes contract when you make any facial expression, not just when you smile. Since you probably cannot avoid grinning, you cannot avoid getting crow’s feet. However, certain procedures can prevent and treat these fine lines.
A strong anti-aging skincare routine is crucial. Your skin must be cleaned, toned, and moisturised properly to sustain good health. A high-quality eye cream is also critical. Using your ring finger to apply your eye cream is the best approach, as it applies the least amount of pressure to the sensitive eye region.
It is important to take other anti-ageing precautions in your lifestyle. Sunscreen, adequate sleep, water consumption, and limiting alcohol all help prevent premature skin ageing. Even with your best efforts, crow’s feet may not be prevented. Fortunately, there are several treatment options.
Despite the release of new products, therapies, and technologies, one option consistently tops the list for treating crow’s feet: Botox. This injectable is both simple and safe (it takes around 15 minutes per procedure with no downtime) and is an licensed, prescription-only treatment for wrinkles. It is very effective, but it will require ongoing sessions for maintenance.
Hyaluronic acid is used in dermal fillers like Juvederm, Restylane and Maili to moisturize and lubricate the skin, making wrinkles appear less harsh. These injections are another popular choice for eliminating fine lines around the eyes. Touch-up procedures with dermal fillers are also necessary.
Finally Morpheus8 is a new and amazing treatment using radiofrequency energy to resurface lines which have formed and tighten the skin around the eyes.
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Anti-wrinkle injections can successfully prevent crow’s feet around the eyes, as they work to soften muscle contraction. If the muscles move less, the skin cannot crease and wrinkles will not form or worsen.
As can be seen in our section about anti-wrinkle injections, having regular top up maintenance injections can prevent wrinkles from worsening or even forming and the effect can last longer as the underlying muscle weakens slightly. Frequently wrinkle relaxing injections in the lateral canthus (the crow’s feet area) are combined with injections into the glabellar and forehead to soften frown lines and forehead lines.
In some cases where ageing has already begun, anti-wrinkle injections can be combined with dermal fillers to restore facial volume and structure around the eyes such as with a drooping eyebrow or sunken tear trough.
Dr Thomas will undertake an expert and full facial assessment with treatment in his Swansea aesthetic clinic to advise on what treatment would be best for every patient as an individual.
Dr Owen Thomas is a highly trained aesthetic physician with a level 7 qualification in injectable treatments.
He uses his passion and skill combined with a professional, ethical and safe approach, to enable his patients to feel rejuvenated, confident and ready for everything life has to offer.
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