The wrinkles and fine lines that appear at the corners of the eyes are often referred to as ‘crow’s feet’ – this is due to their similarity in appearance to a bird’s claw. Crow’s feet are the result of a loss of collagen and elastin in the skin reacting to the contraction of the facial muscles over time.
Many patients who wish to avoid dermal fillers and hyaluronic acid injections find that laser treatments such as Fotona SmoothEye® are highly effective at smoothing out the skin around the eyes. This article will explore these and other treatments for crow’s feet in-depth, helping you understand the best treatment path for you.
The CREO Clinic skin expert, Dr. Sabina, has successfully treated countless instances of crow’s feet with laser treatments, and our skin and body contouring specialist, Dr. Omar Tillo, is skilled in the targeted application of Morpheus8. In their care, you can feel confident you are in the hands of a highly experienced cosmetic practitioner.
Contact CREO Clinic today and book a consultation with Dr. Sabina to find out how she can help smooth out your crow’s feet.
Treating Crow’s Feet Without Injections
Dr. Sabina uses the Fotona SP Dynamis laser to deliver SmoothEye® treatment to the areas around the eye. This harnesses the remodeling power of Fotona’s non-ablative Er: YAG SMOOTH® mode, applying it to the wrinkled areas around the eye and targeting the deep tissues below the skin to stimulate collagen production.
The non-ablative Fotona laser delivers precise and controlled energy in long pulses. This controlled-depth heating stimulates neocollagenesis and has the effect of firming up the skin to reduce periorbital wrinkles, including crow’s feet.
Morpheus8 is a controlled-depth microneedling treatment that can be used to successfully reduce the appearance of wrinkles, treat crow’s feet, and rejuvenate the skin around the eyes. It is a non-invasive procedure that uses 24 coated pins at various depths to deliver controlled trauma to target areas, thereby stimulating collagen and elastin production. This results in a firming of the skin and a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.
Our patients have found that even a single Morpheus8 session can produce visible improvements to the tone and texture of the skin around the eyes.
The application of chemical peels is thought to have some benefit on the appearance of visible crow’s feet around the eyes. A chemical peel can come in different strengths that determine the depth reached by the peel. The peel removes the outer layer of all the skin, including the dead skin cells, and the replacement skin can appear smoother and less wrinkled.
However, they are a harsher treatment and may cause changes in skin pigmentation, scarring, and the reactivation of cold sores. The CREO Clinic prefers not to perform chemical peels because Fotona laser treatments are more advanced, more effective, and more targeted treatments.
Retinol-Based Skincare Products
Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A, which can help stimulate the production of collagen in the skin – this may help to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet when applied through eye cream or gel products. However, its effects are limited when compared to more intensive treatments like laser and microneedling.
Intense Pulsed Light Treatments
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment is a treatment for mild wrinkles that administers intense light in pulses that penetrate the surface of the skin to stimulate the production of new collagen. IPL uses broad-spectrum visible light rather than a laser, is generally for addressing milder wrinkles than Fotona lasers, and usually requires more sessions to achieve similar results.
The use of radiofrequency (RF) energy is a highly effective way to achieve skin tightening around the eyes. Radiofrequency applicators apply RF energy to the skin, where it creates contraction of collagen and stimulates the production of new collagen (neocollagenesis). This new collagen helps provide elasticity and decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
There is very limited evidence to suggest that any natural remedies can help improve skin firmness and reduce crow’s feet. Egg white or honey and lemon face masks, aloe vera, and coconut oil are some common examples used to get rid of crow’s feet. Discuss these crow’s feet treatment options with a skin expert such as Dr. Sabina before adopting them – they may not function at all, or worse, may be detrimental to your skin.
Preventing Crow’s Feet
If you want to prevent crow’s feet, there are some important steps you can take to help avoid their appearance:
The most common cause of loss of elastin and collagen in the skin is premature aging and the impact of UV rays. To avoid collagen loss and the development of fine lines and wrinkles in the delicate skin around the eyes, make sure to wear high-factor (30+) sunscreen whenever exposure to strong sunlight is unavoidable.
Engaging in Regular Exercise
While exercise may not directly affect the appearance of crow’s feet wrinkles, laugh lines, or expression lines, it can help patients maintain a healthy weight, thereby reducing lax skin around the body and on the face. Tighter, firmer skin will always contribute to a reduction in wrinkles and fine lines, so try to get at least half an hour of moderate exercise every day to optimise the condition of your skin.
Good hydration is key to maintaining many of the body’s processes, and skin maintenance is no different. Make sure to drink plenty of water over the course of the day – using a measurement water bottle, if this helps. Try to make sure you drink at least 1.2 L (6-8 glasses) of water every day.
Getting Enough Sleep
Your body repairs itself during sleep, so getting regular and consistent sleep every night is important for allowing your skin to repair itself. Generally healthy skin will help reduce the appearance of crow’s feet and periorbital bags.
Talk with a Doctor About Treating Your Crow’s Feet
Book a consultation with the CREO Clinic’s skin expert, Dr. Sabina, and discover the best route to smoother skin around the eyes. Dr. Sabina has a profound understanding of rejuvenation treatments such as Morpheus8 and SmoothEye® laser, and can help firm up the skin around the eyes and reduce the appearance of crow’s feet.