What Are the Signs of Crow's Feet?

Your eyes may be one of the first areas of the face that you notice signs of aging. You may see the beginnings of fine lines in the eye area, called crow’s feet. Let us help you spot the first signs of these wrinkles so that you can take quick action for preventing them.

The First Signs

Crow’s Feet get their name from the appearance of the fine lines themselves. Small wrinkles form at the outer corner of the eyes and look just like their namesake – the feet of a crow. When you smile or laugh, you’ll notice that the outer corner of the eyes scrunches up. As these wrinkles form, you’ll notice that the lines get deeper, longer, and stay visible even at a resting facial expression.

These wrinkles are caused by the loss of collagen in the eye area as well as lessened elasticity of the skin, both of which are natural processes of aging. The muscles that surround the eye are circular in nature, and wrinkles form perpendicularly to the pull of the underlying muscle.  Therefore crow’s feet are radial wrinkles that form perpendicular to the action of the orbicularis muscle.  

Blinking, smiling, or any crinkling facial movements will ultimately and inevitably lead to the development of these fine lines. Oxidative stress is the primary source of aging in the skin. Other factors including sun exposure, air pollution, diet, and stress can affect your skin and promote the formation of crow’s feet, as well.  

How Can I Prevent Them?

There are a few practices you can put in place to protect your skin from crow’s feet and other damage:

  • Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated.
  • Eat plenty of healthy fats to promote facial volume, and avoid sugary foods that inhibit collagen production.
  • Avoid smoking as this can speed up the aging process.
  • Wear sunscreen daily to protect against UV Rays and sun damage.
  • Look for skincare products with niacinamide and retinol to stimulate cell turnover and collagen formation.
  • Use moisturizing humectants like hyaluronic acid that draw moisture to the skin and diminish the appearance of fine lines.

Botox and other muscle movement inhibitors can prevent and eliminate the appearance of wrinkles. By lessening the force and pull of the orbicularis, these injections actually stop the wrinkle at its source. For full prevention and to keep a youthful appearance for as long as possible, regular injection therapy is required. Usually, Botox is injected into this area every 3-4 months. 

If you are seeking dermal fillers, Juvederm, Restylane, and Belotero offer fillers that are perfect for the delicate eye area. These fillers help to add plumpness back into the hollowed areas created by a loss of volume and collagen.

Facial Rejuvenation With Smooth By Sarah

Wrinkles and skin imperfections are a natural part of life and the aging process, but it is nice to take the best care of your skin possible to slow down the signs of aging. First and foremost, we recommend taking preventative measures by providing your skin with hydration from the inside out. Drink plenty of water, eat healthy meals, protect your skin from UV rays, and apply hydrating eye cream to keep the skin soft and flexible.

For further prevention or correction of crow’s feet, seek dermal fillers to help restore plumpness to the eye area. At Smooth By Sarah, we can help to find the perfect filler to volumize and sculpt the features of the face to bring back youthfulness and vibrancy. Contact us today to consult with our specialists and find your perfect filler treatment!

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