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, hence wrinkles form easily here.
Also, if you smile a lot, you simply fold the skin in this area frequently, which then starts creating fine lines on your skin.
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 Crow’s Feet 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.
Aging 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.
Sunshine is normally another major contributor to Crow’s Feet. Sunrays break down collagen and elastin in the skin and make it loose its strength. Also, people generally squint more while in the sun, and hence this also contributes to wrinkle formation.
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 decrease over time.
Because Crow’s Feet are formed from repeated folding of the skin around the outer corner of the eyes, an effective treatment of this wrinkle formation, is to prevent this folding of the skin.
When this folding of the skin stops, further progression of the lines or wrinkles stop.
What Is Normally The Best Treatment For Crow’s Feet?
To reduce the folding of the skin at the outer corners of your eyes, can be achieved with Botox (or other Botolinum) treatments.
When Botox is injected into the skin, it relaxes the small facial muscles which then reduce the contracting of these muscles. Which in turn reduces the folding of the skin. This will reduce wrinkle formation as well as stop wrinkle progression.
After some time, the skin will start adjusting to less or no contractions, and the existing lines and wrinkles will then normally start to fade away.
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.