What are Crow’s Feet and How Can You Reduce Them?

Unsurprisingly, the skin around the eyes is one of the first areas of the face where the effects of aging become noticeable. BOTOX® Cosmetic from our Toronto practice is usually the recommended solution for these pesky lines around the eyes, but you can also take other measures to prevent the formation of these wrinkles or soften them.

But first, it’s helpful to understand why the skin wrinkles so easily here. This skin is forty percent thinner than other facial skin, so it’s more delicate and prone to environmental damage from sun exposure or pollution. Additionally, there are fewer oil-producing glands around the outer corners of the eyes so the skin is drier, and wrinkles may be more pronounced, even compared to forehead wrinkles. Not to mention there’s plenty of muscle movement in this area from squinting, blinking, laughing, and smiling habitually. Wrinkles such as crow’s feet – which are small lines that spread out from the corners of the eyes – gradually begin to become etched on as we age.

Some people consider crow’s feet to be signs of joy and believe that they add personality to the face. Although these lines are a completely normal aspect of the aging process – and there’s no shame in laughing and smiling a lot – many adults consider them to be a nuisance and look for ways to treat them. Of course, we wouldn’t want to stop having facial expressions entirely, but we can take other steps to preserve strong skin.

Sun protection is a must as it’s a leading cause of skin aging. Wear sunglasses with UV protection as much as possible and apply sunscreen to this area. Using a moisturizer will make these lines less noticeable. Use an eye cream that’s designed specifically for this area and includes collagen boosting ingredients like peptides or moisture-loving ingredients such as hyaluronic acid. BOTOX® relaxes the muscles that contract and cause wrinkles, so it can be highly effective for temporarily reducing crow’s feet.

For more advice about the benefits of wrinkle relaxers like BOTOX®, contact our Toronto-based office of Dr. Wayne Carman and set up an appointment. Call us at (416) 322-7108 or submit a contact form online to schedule a consultation with Dr. Carman to find out whether BOTOX® or another cosmetic procedure would be the best option for you.

Written by Wayne Carman

Dr. Carman is a Toronto Plastic Surgeon practicing breast, body and facial cosmetic surgery.