As we age, it is natural to see lines appear all over the face, including next to the eyes, but with new knowledge and technologies, it is now easier than ever to prevent crow’s feet. These wrinkles are also called smile lines, as they are most visible during facial expressions like smiling and squinting.
Prevent Crow's Feet With Lifestyle Changes
We all know smoking is bad for your lungs, but it’s just as bad for your skin, hampering the blood supply to the epidermis, which stops it from receiving vital nutrients. Over time, this leads to older-looking skin that is weaker and forms wrinkles faster as it loses the ability to ‘snap back’ from facial expressions. Quitting is the best solution to prevent crow’s feet and allow your skin a break.
Regularly consuming too much alcohol can dehydrate your skin, leading to more wrinkles in the long-term, and premature ageing. Cutting out alcohol is the ideal solution for your skin, though if this is too extreme, you can cut down or drink a glass of water between each alcoholic drink.
Overexposure to the sun’s rays can cause significant damage to the skin, with some experts suggesting that it accounts for up to 80% of ageing. It is always important to wear broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) suncream, even in the winter months for younger, stronger skin.
Foods that are high in refined sugar actively cause the collagen in skin to become brittle, leading to wrinkles, so avoiding these and other processed foods, like meat and dairy, can keep your skin looking younger and wrinkle-free for longer.
Prevent Crow's Feet With Cosmetic Treatments
If a lifestyle change doesn’t seem like enough, we have a range of treatments that reduce and prevent crow’s feet. Options like Botox and dermal fillers work as both preventative and corrective methods, addressing the lines in different ways. We use Botox for fine, dynamic lines that appear during expression, introducing small amounts of product into the muscle that lies beneath the area, which has a relaxing effect, smoothing the skin above. We use dermal fillers for static lines, visible even when the face is at rest, to add volume to the area for a softened appearance.
Laser resurfacing delivers pulses of light to the area of concern to remove the top few layers of skin, reducing the appearance of these fine lines. The ongoing effects of treatment also include increased collagen production for firmer skin over time.
The Tixel laser uses heat energy delivered through a grid of 81 tiny pyramids on the head of the device for a reduction in wrinkles. The device has been cleared for use right up to the lash line by the FDA.
To find out how we can help you prevent crow’s feet, book a consultation with one of our experienced clinicians today. Within this consultation, you will be assessed for your suitability for treatments by a practitioner, who can recommend the best course of action for your needs.