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WHAT ARE CROW’S FEET & SMILE LINES?

Crow’s feet, also known as smile lines, are wrinkles that appear on the outer corners of the eye. They are caused by contraction of the muscles responsible for squinting, smiling, laughing or frowning. Initially, these wrinkles are only visible when you smile or laugh but over time, like all wrinkles, they become deeper. Ingrained Crow’s feet and smile lines are visible whether or not you contract the underlying muscles (ie even when you’re resting the muscles of expression). Crow’s feet can also extend upwards towards the temple and downwards to affect the cheeks when they are more advanced and as volume is lost in these areas of the face with age.

 

WHAT CAUSES CROW’S FEET & SMILE LINES?

The main reason Crow’s feet or smile lines develop is due to loss of collagen and elastin in the skin. These proteins are the skin’s natural plumpers and provide elasticity. Hence losing them causes skin to become thinner and for wrinkles to become apparrent. Loss of colllagen and elastin occurs naturally as we age. Of course, the other cause of the appearance of wrinkles is sun damage (or photageing).

TREATMENTS FOR CROW'S FEET & SMILE LINES

First of all its important to start with basics like understanding your skin type and following a basic skincare routine. Simple lifestyle modifications such as sun protection, keeping hydrated and stopping smoking will also help slow down the development of Crow's feet or smile lines.

 

Chemical Peels & Collagen Induction Therapy

There are a number of effective treatments for existing Crow's feet and smile lines. The simplest option for very early signs of fine lines and wrinkles would be a course of chemical peels and/or microneedling. These resurface the skin and induce collagen and elastin production. Hence, over time these smooth out wrinkles and prevent them from developing further.

 

Botox Injections

If you have Crow's feet that are only evident on making expression, these can be treated very easily with Botox anti-wrinkle injections. For Crow's feet or smile lines that are deeper (ie visible without making any expressions), then using hyaluronic acid dermal fillers would provide a better option.

 

Dermal Fillers

For more advanced Crow's feet or under eye wrinkles and tear trough deformities, a combination of different dermal fillers can offer a natural looking solution. If you have smile lines that extend deep onto the cheeks, then you might which to consider both cheek fillers and wrinkle smoothing with dermal filler in order to restore volume and lift the wrinkles. For co-existing under eye hollows and wrinkles, the addition of tear trough fillers would help to completely rejuvenate the under eye area.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Crow’s Feet & Smile Lines

Nothing! These are all names for the wrinkles that appear around the corners of your eyes when you smile, laugh or frown. Over time they can get deeper and appear at rest. They can also extend to the cheeks as you get older and your skin gets thinner.
This depends on whether they are static or dynamic. If you only have wrinkles when you make an expression (dynamic), then we recommend Botox injections for the Crows feet to immediately smooth them. If your Crow's feet are static (ie they are always visible) then we recommend either dermal fillers alone or a combination of Botox and dermal fillers.
Botox and dermal fillers are great for immediately smoothing out these wrinkles. However, there are a number of alternative treatments that are also effective. Chemical peels and microneedling can help smooth wrinkles and stimulate collagen production. This in the long term will reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the face, firm and plump up the skin. These are excellent alternatives to Botox and fillers but they take time for optimal results.
Yes its possible with a combination treatment. Depending on the depth of your wrinkles, you can immediately eliminate Crow's feet with Botox or dermal fillers. At the same time, undertaking a course of chemical peels and collagen induction therapy will resurface and rejuvenate the skin for a long-lasting effect.
You can easily book an appointment online at our clinic where you will receive a detailed consultation and bespoke treatment plan.