The aging process affects everyone differently. While some see the first signs of aging in their forehead in the form of wrinkles, others start to show their age in the eyes. Etched in the corner of the eyes, crow’s feet can appear to look more profound on the skin due to volume loss.
Here’s why crow’s feet are among the first signs of aging and what you can do to minimize their appearance.
Why Crow’s Feet Are One of the First Signs of Aging
Crow’s feet are categorized as “dynamic wrinkles” formed by muscle movement. While they’re not directly related to skin aging, a reduction in collagen and elastin in the skin does play a specific role in their development. Other leading causes of crow’s feet include UV exposure.
Crow’s feet can occur at any age, including in your mid-20s. The reason for crow’s feet developing earlier in life is because of the thin layer of skin and lack of oil glands around the eyes. As the skin elasticity around the eyes diminishes, the skin is unable to bounce back to its original state.
Can Crow’s Feet Be Prevented?
Crow’s feet cannot be prevented entirely. However, you can take measures to help reduce the presence and depth of crow’s feet. The best way to reduce crow’s feet naturally is to take care of your skin. Using an SPF eye cream and wearing accessories like sunglasses and hats will help to protect the sensitive skin around the eyes from the sun. Staying hydrated and maintaining a healthy, balanced diet can also provide your body with the nutrients it needs to thrive.
When combined with an excellent daily skincare routine, these lifestyle changes can help crow’s feet from getting worse. For an immediate solution to smoothing deeply etched lines, Botox injections can help.
Botox: The Gold Standard For Dynamic Wrinkles
Botox is one of the most well-known cosmetic injectables, and it’s considered the gold standard for combating dynamic wrinkles. Botox is derived from botulinum toxin and has a wide variety of medical applications and cosmetic purposes. Botox is extremely safe, is highly effective, and is FDA-approved for treating crow’s feet and other dynamic wrinkles on the face.
How Botox Works
Botox works by blocking nerve signals from the brain to the muscles, limiting contraction in the facial muscles. When the muscles stop contracting, they relax, and this causes wrinkles to soften. Botox reduces the visibility of crow’s feet by relaxing the muscles surrounding the corners of the eyes. After injection, the skin underneath and around the eyes looks smoother, especially when smiling.
Botox Isn’t a Permanent Solution
Botox treatments are an effective solution for facial wrinkles, and it can make a dramatic difference to the appearance of crow’s feet. You should start to spot the difference after around three days, and after two weeks, the full effects should be visible. When you smile, you should see that the wrinkles are a lot less prominent. Botox treatments are not a permanent solution for wrinkles, as the results last around 4-6 months. Once the effects start to fade, maintenance treatments are necessary to continue seeing results.
Treatments For Combating Other Signs of Aging
If you’re struggling with the appearance of crow’s feet, you’re likely worried about other visible signs of aging as well. There are effective treatments for combating other aging signs, from static wrinkles caused by collagen and volume loss in the skin to sagging skin.
Our experienced providers at Laser Aesthetic Center are here to help you create a comprehensive and custom anti-aging treatment plan. By evaluating your areas of concern, we can make recommendations based on your goals and your skin’s current state. A complimentary face or body analysis is the perfect place to start your journey to smooth, youthful skin. Contact us today to discover all of our services.