What are crow’s feet?
Crow’s feet are perpendicular lines etched in the corner and sometimes around the eyes. These facial lines are more evident where the muscles around the eye insert into the skin. They are generally caused by normal facial movements, like laughing, smiling, and squinting.
Various facial expressions cause the skin at the outer corners of the eyes to crease. These facial movements lead to “dynamic” wrinkles. This is because as you age, your skin loses its ability to stretch and rebound. Thus, these creases become more pronounced, and sooner or later, they become heavier, hence, forming “static” wrinkles.
Crow’s feet are sometimes called laugh lines. These facial lines often tell a story of how well a person cared for his or her skin. Sun damaging, dehydration, smoking, and medications are some triggers that lead to the loss of elasticity of the skin. Thus, causing crow’s feet to develop around the eyes.
Fine lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet are natural parts of aging. In as much as we progress into life, world industrialization, and technological advancements, facial lines will also develop unceasingly. However, there is more than one way to combat these lines of aging.
Professional Treatment Options
They say that people who smile or laugh less have greater chances of avoiding crow’s feet and other fine lines on the face. In this advanced and fast-paced world that we thrive in, many cosmetic experts can provide treatments to help prevent the development of crow’s feet.
The common strategy of many crow’s feet treatments is to remove the surface layer of the skin to allow the production of collagen. The ultimate result of these treatments is smoother, more youthful glowing skin.
Here are some of the best in-office procedures to help combat crow’s feet:
Botox or Botulinum Toxin is probably the most popular treatment option for crow’s feet and other facial lines. Botox is safe and effective in preventing the development of wrinkles and unwanted fine lines at the corner and around the eyes. This treatment also aims to restore the smooth skin on the face and around the eyes.
As this innovative era progresses, many anti-wrinkle treatment options have emerged to preempt these progressing lines of aging. However, Botox remains the most sought-after treatment by most celebrities and well-known personalities because of its fast and effective results.
Botox works as a blocking agent that safely relaxes the muscles where it is administered. Thus, a noticeable reduction of wrinkles is visible in just three days, while full results can be enjoyed in as little as two weeks.
Botox is a simple, quick, and very effective treatment that clears away crow’s feet with relatively small amounts. This treatment takes less than ten minutes to administer with no need for an anesthetic or sedative. The effects of this wrinkle-free treatment can last from about four to six months from the last treatment.
Laser treatments for crow’s feet are also known as laser resurfacing or laser peel. It uses a small handheld laser device that gently strips away the outer layer of skin around the eyes or any intended part of the face and body. Thus exposing the healthier subsurface skin cells.
When the outer layer has been stripped off, the lower layer of the skin is heated by the laser to encourage the production of collagen in the dermis. The lower layer of the skin is younger, more elastic, and more flexible which gives the skin a supple and smooth texture as it absorbs the collagen.
The recovery phase from laser resurfacing typically takes about seven days with minimal swelling within the next 24-48 hours from treatment. You may also experience slight itching and peeling within one week after the treatment.
Chemical peels are the easiest to perform that can combat crow’s feet. There is a wide variety of chemical peels that can be used to treat crow’s feet. Always consult your trusted cosmetic doctor to ensure that you use the right type of chemical peel suited for your skin type and condition.
Here are the different types of chemical peels that may be useful to reduce your crow’s feet:
- TCA Peel: TCA stands for Trichloroacetic acid. These peels are most effective for preventing crow’s feet. This high-concentrated trichloroacetic acid penetrates the skin to greater depths. Although expert care can help reduce the risk of scarring, redness and skin discoloration around the eyes may be evident during the next seven days after the treatment.
- Jessner’s Peel: Jessner’s peel has medium-strength indications of salicylic acid, resorcinol, and lactic acids. These peels have medium-depth absorption which offers milder effects on the skin. Jessner’s peels are also effective for treating acne.
- Retinoic Acid Peel: This high-strength chemical peel is generally administered by a dermatologist or a cosmetic doctor. The retinoic acid penetrates deep into the skin, hence, stimulating the production of collagen. Unlike other chemical peels, retinoic acid peels are kept on the face of the patient for up to three days to ensure exceptional results.
Microneedling is a derma roller technique that uses a hand-held device called a “Dermapen” equipped with tens of thousands of tiny needles that punctures the skin. The puncturing motion of these microneedles helps stimulate collagen production in areas where it is needed. The microscopic tears to the dermis causes accelerated skin cell repair. This results in enhanced and improved skin flexibility and elasticity. Microneedling is a relatively gentle procedure but may require a series of treatment sessions for optimum results.
The recovery time for Microneedling treatments is very short. In fact, you can return to work even the day after your treatment. However, keep in mind that there is usually a tradeoff between recovery time and effectiveness.
Home Treatments for Crow’s Feet
While home treatments are regarded as cost-efficient, they are not as effective as their clinical options. However, since clearing away crow’s feet is of the essence, home prevention techniques may be as important as clinical treatments.
Here are some known home preventive remedies for crow’s feet:
Many do-it-yourself techniques have emerged in today’s fast-paced and busy world. One common DIY for home skin therapy is the home microneedling rollers. While it provides facial muscle relaxation, it may not be as effective as the Dermapen. Unlike the Dermapen, home microneedling rollers do not puncture deep into the skin, but they encourage cell turnovers within their needles’ range.
Anti-aging serums are becoming one of the increasingly popular home skin care products for treating crow’s feet. These face serums work on a similar principle, that is, they remove the surface layer of dead skin while stimulating the growth of new skin cells.
Most face serums can absorb deeply into the skin tissue, hence, allowing skin cell turnover at deeper depths. Face serums that can penetrate the dermis are an efficient defense against the development of crow’s feet, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Here are some effective face serums that you can purchase from pharmacies and clinics:
- Retinols: Retinols or Vitamin A are over-the-counter variations of retinoic acid. Retinol-reach face serums have been clinically proven to minimize sun damage resulting in the reduction of crow’s feet and fine lines.
- Hyaluronic Acid: Hyaluronic acid has become the widely used home facial rejuvenation regimen for years. It has also aided many skin clinics for decades. Hyaluronic acid can be more effective as a home remedy if used in conjunction with Vitamin C.
- Vitamin C Serum: Vitamin C has long been the gold standard of skin regimens. Vitamin C serums are proven to enhance surface-level skin imperfections while it accelerates collagen production in the skin tissues. The antioxidant properties of Vitamin C also help in slowing down skin aging as it reduces the risks of fine lines and age spots.
While it is true that face serums are cost-efficient and easy to use, there are skin types that are vulnerable to breakdowns and allergies. Make sure to consult your trusted cosmetic doctors for the face serum that best suits your needs.
Your Professional Crow’s Feet Treatment in Melbourne
SKIN CLUB Cosmetic Doctors is the leading provider of crow’s feet and wrinkle treatments in Melbourne. We offer the most advanced techniques that will help you combat those unwanted facial lines. All our procedures use the highest quality of dermatologically tested products and state-of-the-art cosmetic devices and equipment.
It is with pride and joy that we indulge in proven and consistent results of client satisfaction in all of our clinical procedures. From consultation to your recovery phase, we are here to help you acheive the dermatological breakthroughs in our most advanced procedures backed by science and evidence.
When crow’s feet are forming, just smile… SKIN CLUB Cosmetic Doctors is here for you!