In the world of dermatology, crow’s feet — fan-shaped wrinkles in the outer corner of the eye — are considered some of the most difficult to remove. However, there are a few tricks that help smooth out wrinkles in this area and make the look attractive free of imperfections.
What are crow’s feet on the face and how are they formed?
Crow’s feet are small wrinkles that form around the eyes. They arise as a result of repeated contractions of the orbital muscle, which is responsible for facial expressions and keeping the eyes closed. The face you make when you smile is the same movement you make when you raise your eyebrows. When you tighten your eyes (e.g. from pain), the same muscles are used, so they become tired, just like any other set of muscles. In addition, the skin around them is stretched and collagen is relaxed.
Crow’s feet under the eyes – causes
- Ultraviolet radiation
- The use of improperly selected cosmetics or lack of daily care
- Unbalanced diet
- Use of stimulants (alcohol and cigarettes)
- Excessive stress
- Excessive facial expressions and expression
- Hormonal changes
- Genetic predisposition
When do crow’s feet appear?
Since their appearance is closely related to age, crow’s feet occur mainly in the elderly – 75% of women aged 35 to 54 have them, and 96% of women over 65 years of age. Their formation also depends to a large extent on factors beyond your control, such as genetics, gender, skin tone, facial expressions and facial expression.
Crow’s feet under the eyes at a young age
Lines under the eyes can appear faster in people who were once overweight and lost weight quickly, because the skin is more tight when there is more fat that stretches it. The presence of acne in adolescence can also lead to the formation of crow’s feet under the eyes due to inflammation and scarring. Another reason may be excessive facial expressions and facial expression.
What about crow’s feet under the eyes? How to fight crow’s feet?
Crow’s feet under the eyes homemade ways
Although there are many home remedies for crow’s feet, their results cannot compare with those that we will achieve with aesthetic medicine. Natural ways to remove mimic wrinkles should not do us much harm, so they can be used even in people with sensitive skin. The easiest way is to use masks and compresses for the face – both ready-made, available in drugstores, and those prepared at home based on black or green tea. Various types of oils and supplements should also be used to contour the eyes.
People struggling with crow’s feet should use anti-wrinkle cosmetics containing retinol, which stimulates cells to renew and slows down the aging process of the skin. Retinol activates the skin to work, thanks to which it becomes firmer and more resilient, and wrinkles gradually become shallower and less visible. However, it is worth remembering not to use cosmetics with retinol during the day – sunlight has a negative effect on the effectiveness of this substance, so cosmetologists recommend using them at night.
Very positive effects are brought by the use of dietary supplements, whose task is to stop the signs of skin aging and improve its overall condition:
Crow’s feet under the eyes treatments
Botox is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the world. It is used to smooth lines and wrinkles on the face, but it can also be used to treat crow’s feet, which are troublesome lines around the eyes. The procedure takes about 15 minutes and is relatively painless.
The first step in removing crow’s feet with Botox is to identify the muscle groups that cause wrinkles. Your doctor will sense which muscles are active when you smile or squint, and inject Botox into them to paralyze them.
After the injections, there may be a slight swelling around the eyes, but it should disappear within 24 hours. You will notice an improvement in the condition of wrinkles after three days, but the full results will be visible only after about 10 days, when the effect of Botox will cease to be felt.
To remove crow’s feet, injections with preparations containing low-cross-linked hyaluronic acid are used. The advantage of this treatment is that it not only fills and reduces wrinkles, but also smoothes the skin and improves its condition. Hyaluronic acid is a molecule that occurs naturally in our skin and has very strong properties of binding water molecules around it. This is due to the moisturizing properties of hyaluronic acid, which results in stimulating the production of endogenous collagen. The effects of this treatment last for about a year.
Fractional laser treatment can be used to remove crow’s feet. The procedure is fast, easy and painless, and the convalescence is minimal.
A dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon uses a small, handheld device that delivers numerous microscopic columns of light energy to the skin. This process enables faster and more effective skin healing than conventional ablative lasers. The fractional laser treatment on crow’s feet lasts about 15 minutes and can be performed on an outpatient basis.
Injections are made using a special pen called Dermapen. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and lasts about 20 minutes. The device has more than 2000 microneedles that penetrate the skin and create thin channels through which the active ingredients enter the deeper layers of collagen and elastin fibers. The resulting microchannels stimulate blood circulation in a given area, causing collagen production and elastin synthesis.
Microneedle mesotherapy is an anti-aging treatment that can help you look younger and more energetic. It uses a special needle for injecting a mixture of vitamins, minerals and other substances into the skin. Microneedle mesotherapy is not painful, but sometimes it can be slightly uncomfortable. The treatment causes temporary redness or swelling of the skin in the place where it was applied. Then for a few days you will feel a slight burning sensation.