Crow's feet are a common sign of aging. These small lines around the eyes can be caused by a variety of factors. However, there are several ways to prevent them, as well as procedures a skin surgeon can provide to minimizes wrinkles. Use this guide to maintain a smooth, youthful look.
What Causes Crow's Feet?
1. Sun Damage
UV rays have a significant impact on your body. They mutate cells and dehydrate skin, which leads to wrinkles and crow's feet. Worse, they can contribute to skin cancer.
Skin surgeons and dermatologists recommend using at least an SPF 30 sunscreen any time you go outside. Look for water-resistant products. Reduce sun damage by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
2. Sleep Habits
The average person spends one-third of their life asleep, which can contribute to fine lines and crow's feet. Pressing your face into the pillow can push skin folds around the eyes together. You then hold this expression for hours. As you age, the skin in these areas loses its elasticity, resulting in crow's feet. Try lying on your back so there's no pressure on your face.
3. Repeated Expressions
Grooves slowly form under your skin each time you make a facial expression. They'll eventually create age lines because your skin becomes stiffer as you lose collagen. This doesn't mean you should stop smiling or laughing. Moisturize your skin and drink plenty of water to keep it hydrated.
A skin surgeon can help you temporarily resolve the early signs of crow's feet with injection treatments. Some injections reduce muscle movements that contribute to crow's feet. Others, like volumizers, fill in the area to make the skin more plump and smooth.
If you're struggling with crow's feet and signs of aging, Lauren A. Daman, MD, PC of Hartford, CT, can help. In addition to crow’s feet, this skin surgeon offers a broad scope of cosmetic treatments for spider veins, skin health, and aging. You can learn about all of these, including microdermabrasion and chemical face peels, on her website. Call (860) 246-3533 to schedule a consultation.