Crow’s Feet Wrinkles (everything you wish you knew)
Crow’s Feet are the wrinkles or Laugh Lines that are present around the outer corners of the eyes. They get exaggerated on smiling or laughing and are the first give away sign of ageing. For some, they are pride. For others, they are a problem. Whatever the case may be everyone will get crows feet sooner or later. Wrinkles called ‘Crows Feet on face’ are easily treatable with the right balance of cosmetic procedure and diligent aftercare.
If you are looking to get rid of your wrinkles, this guide will help you do that.
What are Crow’s Feet wrinkles?
As we age the collagen and elastin formation in our body decreases. Collagen is a protein that keeps the skin firm. Elastin protein maintains the elasticity of the skin, i.e. the skin bounce back after pulling. Loss of these essential structural proteins makes the skin lax and prone to wrinkles.
Small lines appear at the corners of the eyes when we smile or laugh. They are seen at all ages. The eye muscle called ‘Orbicularis Oculi’ contracts a little on its own whenever we smile or laugh. It is the same muscle which we use to shut our eyes tightly. In young people, these lines disappear when the muscle relaxes, but as we age, the skin retains these lines which gradually become fine wrinkles and then deeply etched crow’s feet wrinkles.
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What causes Crow’s feet wrinkles?
Other than the natural process of ageing Crows Feet wrinkles may be exacerbated by following factors
The most critical factor affecting skin is the UV radiation of sunlight. It contributes up to 95% to skin damage. By damaging the skin structures, it increases the effects of ageing. So proper use of Sunscreens and sun protection is a must to prevent wrinkles.
Some people develop wrinkles earlier than others. While some don’t develop lines even at an advanced age. Genetic traits are passed on from parents to their children. Understanding this helps us to start treatment early and delay the signs of ageing.
The constant movement of facial muscles along with skin changes of ageing creates wrinkles. Initially, they are dynamic and present only at the time of facial expression, but gradually they become static and are present even at rest.
Smoking accelerates the natural ageing process by restricting the blood flow to the skin. This increased ageing of the skin and decreased collagen and elastin fibres result in the loose, wrinkled skin.
Improper skin care and pollution damages the skin and makes it dry by losing moisture. Damaged skin quickly develops fine wrinkles seen so commonly on the aged skin.
How to prevent Crow’s Feet wrinkles?
Crow’s feet begin to appear as early as the mid-30s. You will observe lines at the corners of your eyes that doesn’t go away. Physically wrinkles are a break in the continuity of fibres in the skin. Once broken they are a little challenging to repair. If preventing wrinkles is vital to you then you should begin prophylactic measures even before the wrinkles appear.
These measures are straightforward to understand. Essentially can be divided into two types. Firstly we need to take care of the skin and secondly prevent extra muscle movements.
Skin Care is a vast topic to discuss. Let us not delve deep into it, but a few basic facts will surely help.
- Avoid sun at all costs. Wear a sunscreen.
- Do not use harsh soaps on the face. Even milder ones should not be used more than two times a day.
- No smoking.
- At least 6-8 hours sleep (Beauty sleep)
- Be sceptical of all home remedies. We can neither prove or disprove the effectivity of the more than a million home-remedies doing rounds on gossip channels and beauty magazines. But they inevitably distract you away from what is truly important and scientifically proven.
- Never self-medicate. Cosmetic procedures are best done by trained professionals.
Most of the muscle movement is involuntary, i.e. the muscle contracts on its own. Botulinum Toxin or botox injections are the surest way to stop the muscles from contracting. Relaxing the muscle prevents wrinkle formation in the first place.
How to get rid of Crow’s Feet Wrinkles?
We have got some great news, and some good advise.
But before that, there is one crucial fact to remember.
Permanent smile lines or crows feet wrinkles rarely ever occur in isolation. They are usually accompanied by other wrinkles on the face. And like all wrinkles, they are a break in the continuity of skin fibres.
Now, There are no shortcuts to success. Most of the home remedies to remove crows feet wrinkles are a waste of time. The best thing to do would have been to prevent wrinkles in the first place.
If you have permanent smile lines, let us give you some good advice about things that actually work and show results now rather than in some imaginary future.
Healthy Skin Care routine
Whether you have fine wrinkles or deep lines the first step is to begin following a healthy skin care routine immediately. Consult your specialist so that they may evaluate you and provide a customised skin-care plan.
The great news is that there is a way to stop the muscle from contracting. Botulinum toxin injections like Botox® achieve muscle relaxation. Doctors have perfected the art of muscle relaxation so much that they can target a specific region at a time and remove wrinkles without the rest of the face. Botox injections are all the rage right now. They are safe and effective and are an essential part of the prevention strategy.
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Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeon
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