Crow's Feet

Crow’s Feet

Crow’s-feet are the clusters of tiny wrinkles and fine lines that form around the outer corners of the eyes. They are often also called laughter lines.

Crow’s Feet will often be the first wrinkles to appear on a person, and many start seeing these wrinkles in their mid 20’s.

The reasons why? The skin around your eyes are much thinner than the skin elsewhere on your face, and also we simply very frequently make facial expressions that fold the skin in this area.

They are called ‘Crow’s Feet’ because the formation of the lines resemble the footprint of a crow. Imagine the heel of the crows foot planted in the outer corner of the eye with its toes pointing towards the back of the head.

Why do they appear?

As with all wrinkles, they start small and then normally become more pronounced with time. A main contributor to the formation of Crow’s Feet is squinting, frowning and smiling.

Smiling, for instance, activates many muscles in the face and normally makes the skin around the eyes fold in several lines. When this is done repeatedly, the folds start to become permanent.

Ageing also contributes to the formation of Crow’s Feet as the skin looses its elasticity and plumpness with age, mostly due to degeneration of collagen and elastin. In addition, skin cell division slows down with age and as a result, the skin itself becomes thinner.

Smoking is for many also a key contributor to Crow’s feet. Smoking damages the skin due to several toxins in cigarette smoke, but also, smokers often squint to avoid smoke getting in their eyes, and therefore this increases wrinkle formation. Much of the same goes for air pollution.

Sunshine is normally another major contributor to Crow’s Feet as the sunrays break down collagen and elastin in the skin and make it loose its strength, and also because people generally squint more while in the sun.

Also, a poor diet can exacerbate line and wrinkle formation. If the skin cells don’t have the right building blocks for repairing damaged skin and also for creating new skin, the quality of the overall skin is likely to be in inferior condition.

What is normally the best treatment for Crow’s Feet?

Because Crow’s Feet are formed from repeated folding of the skin around the outer corner of the eyes, an effective treatment is to prevent this folding. When this folding of the skin stops, further progression of the lines or wrinkles stop.

That can be achieved with Botox (or other Botolinum) treatments. When Botox is injected into the skin, it relaxes the small facial muscles which stop these muscles from contracting. This will both reduce further wrinkle formation.

Also, after some time, the skin will also start adjusting to the new situation of less or no contractions, and the existing lines and wrinkles will also start to fade.

If you have severe Crow's Feet, there is an option for this as well. This can be treated with a dermal filler. A dermal filler will add volume to the skin underneath the wrinkles so that the skin pushes out and gets stretched. This will make the wrinkles fade and in some cases also go away completely.

Crow’s Feet

Crow’s-feet are the clusters of tiny wrinkles and fine lines that form around the outer corners of the eyes. They are often also called laughter lines.

Crow’s Feet will often be the first wrinkles to appear on a person, and many start seeing these wrinkles in their mid 20’s.

The reasons why? The skin around your eyes are much thinner than the skin elsewhere on your face, and also we simply very frequently make facial expressions that fold the skin in this area.

They are called ‘Crow’s Feet’ because the formation of the lines resemble the footprint of a crow. Imagine the heel of the crows foot planted in the outer corner of the eye with its toes pointing towards the back of the head.

Why do they appear?

As with all wrinkles, they start small and then normally become more pronounced with time. A main contributor to the formation of Crow’s Feet is squinting, frowning and smiling.

Smiling, for instance, activates many muscles in the face and normally makes the skin around the eyes fold in several lines. When this is done repeatedly, the folds start to become permanent.

Ageing also contributes to the formation of Crow’s Feet as the skin looses its elasticity and plumpness with age, mostly due to degeneration of collagen and elastin. In addition, skin cell division slows down with age and as a result, the skin itself becomes thinner.

Smoking is for many also a key contributor to Crow’s feet. Smoking damages the skin due to several toxins in cigarette smoke, but also, smokers often squint to avoid smoke getting in their eyes, and therefore this increases wrinkle formation. Much of the same goes for air pollution.

Sunshine is normally another major contributor to Crow’s Feet as the sunrays break down collagen and elastin in the skin and make it loose its strength, and also because people generally squint more while in the sun.

Also, a poor diet can exacerbate line and wrinkle formation. If the skin cells don’t have the right building blocks for repairing damaged skin and also for creating new skin, the quality of the overall skin is likely to be in inferior condition.

What is normally the best treatment for Crow’s Feet?

Because Crow’s Feet are formed from repeated folding of the skin around the outer corner of the eyes, an effective treatment is to prevent this folding. When this folding of the skin stops, further progression of the lines or wrinkles stop.

That can be achieved with Botox (or other Botolinum) treatments. When Botox is injected into the skin, it relaxes the small facial muscles which stop these muscles from contracting. This will both reduce further wrinkle formation.

Also, after some time, the skin will also start adjusting to the new situation of less or no contractions, and the existing lines and wrinkles will also start to fade.

If you have severe Crow's Feet, there is an option for this as well. This can be treated with a dermal filler. A dermal filler will add volume to the skin underneath the wrinkles so that the skin pushes out and gets stretched. This will make the wrinkles fade and in some cases also go away completely.