WHAT ARE CROW'S FEET
ARE THE CAUSES?
Crow’s feet, also known as laugh lines, refer to the fine lines and wrinkles that form around the outer corners of the eyes. These lines typically become more prominent and noticeable as a person ages. The primary cause of crow’s feet is the natural ageing process, which leads to a decrease in the production of collagen and elastin in the skin. Collagen provides structural support, while elastin maintains skin elasticity. As these essential proteins diminish with age, the skin around the eyes becomes more susceptible to the formation of these fine lines.
Repeated muscle contractions, such as squinting or smiling, contribute to the creasing of the skin around the eyes over time. Additionally, exposure to UV rays from the sun accelerates the ageing process and can cause premature development of crow’s feet. UV rays break down collagen and elastin fibres in the skin, making it more prone to wrinkles. Other lifestyle factors such as smoking can also contribute to the appearance of crow’s feet by further degrading the skin’s health.
There are certain preventative measures and lifestyle choices you can take to help minimise the formation of crow’s feet. Using sunscreen to protect the skin from harmful UV rays, staying hydrated, and avoiding smoking can all contribute to maintaining healthier, more youthful-looking skin.
Several effective treatments are available for addressing crow’s feet. Anti-wrinkle injections, which work by relaxing facial muscles and reducing repetitive contractions, can help minimise the appearance of fine lines. Skin peels can contribute to improved skin texture while dermal fillers add volume and smooth out wrinkles. LaseMD Ultra™, a non-ablative laser treatment, is another option, stimulating collagen production for a rejuvenated appearance.