Wrinkles around the eyes, also known as crow’s feet or ‘smile lines’, are one of the first signs of ageing, often being the first wrinkles to appear. As we age, the body stops producing collagen (which keeps skin supple and firm) and elastin (which helps skin ‘bounce back’ after making facial expressions), meaning repetitive facial expressions like laughing and squinting can become a source of fine lines and wrinkles.
As well as this, skin around our eyes doesn’t produce oil like the rest of our skin, making it more delicate, and more likely to become dry and thin. Other causes include smoking, poor skin care, sun exposure, and genetics.
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Factors To Consider
Smoking – this can make lines appear darker and deeper; it causes blood vessels near the top layer of skin to become narrow, which limits the moisture and nutrients that skin has access to.
Sun exposure – we all know the dangers of UV exposure and sunburn, but for delicate under-eye skin, it can be even more damaging, causing pigment producing cells to mature abnormally, making you look older prematurely (UV exposure is said to account for around 90% of ageing)
Poor skin care – if under-eye skin is not kept moisturised, the chances of lines appearing deeper and more pronounced increase dramatically, as lack of moisture can make skin parched and therefore more lined
Genetics – wrinkles around the eyes can be hereditary, generally passed down from father to son and mother to daughter, but only in regards to the point in life at which wrinkles start to appear.
Treatments available for Crows Feet
Botox ® injections are used to treat wrinkles and fine lines such as forehead lines, frown lines & crows feet. Botulinum Toxin has been used in hospitals around the UK since 1977 and within the cosmetic industry for over 20 years. It is used in 70 countries and is used on over 4 million patients in the USA alone, every yea...Read on Book consultation
Frequently Asked Questions
Botox treatment will tend to last between 3 – 4 months meaning repeat treatments are necessary in order to maintain the result.
Suitability for treatment can only be determined following a thorough consultation.
There is no downtime associated with botox although patients may experience mild bruising, we would recommend no exercise after treatment.
Before and after Crows Feet treatment
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