Prima magazine asked top dermatologists and aesthetic doctors to explain what causes and how you can get rid of them.
Expert advisors included Cosmedics Skin Clinics Founder & Medical Director, Dr Ross Perry, who is frequently called upon by the media for his knowledgeable explanations and sensible advice.
The article explains:
“Crow’s feet are the fine lines that appear around the eyes as we age – and they’re very much part of our DNA, affecting all of us eventually”
Crow’s feet tend to appear before other signs of facial ageing as the skin around the eye area is so delicate, plus the area is constantly moving with blinking, facial expression and rubbing of the eyes.
Can you get rid of crow’s feet?
Dr Ross Perry explains that crow’s feet are a somewhat inevitable part of ageing and can’t be got rid of:
“They are completely natural and, although you can lessen the appearance and prevent them for worsening, they won’t disappear altogether.
“The anti-wrinkle cream is a huge market worth millions of pounds and often promises unrealistic results. Of course, some creams may lessen and minimise the appearance of crow’s feet, but unfortunately they won’t get rid of them altogether.”
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Crow’s Feet Treatments
The good news is that there are cosmetic treatments that could minimise the appearance of crow’s feet. Dr Perry says:
“Many men and women opt for BOTOX® to tackle crow’s feet which inhibit the movement of the muscle which in turn will reduce the likelihood of a crease or crow’s feet from forming.
“Starting BOTOX® injections as early as your late 20’s/early 30s can be seen as a preventative measure to crow’s feet forming. However, if you’re already got crow’s feet then BOTOX® can help soften the lines and even get rid of some altogether.
“For lines closer to the inner corner of the eye, look to a hyaluronic acid filler which can help plump away those creases.
“A more natural approach is Microneedling which is minimally invasive and boosts your skin’s production of collagen and elastin. A Dermapen makes thousands of tiny needle punctures in the outermost layers of the skin and stimulates your body to make more collagen in the area.
“If needles isn’t your thing then another ideal treatment is LED light therapy which helps build collagen without damaging the delicate surface of the skin.”
These work in a number of different ways as described, but the most appropriate solution depends on the individual patient and the nature of their crow’s feet. The starting point is a consultation with a skilled and experienced practitioner who understands the fine and delicate nature of the eye area as well as the important safety issues.
Prevent Crow’s Feet
While crow’s feet are natural and somewhat inevitable, there are some simple measures that can help:
- One of the main causes of crow’s feet is UV damage so protect yourself from the sun by wearing SPF 30 year round
- In addition opt for using an SPF eye cream
- Shield your eyes by wearing protective sunglasses if needed to prevent squinting
- Wear a hat in the sun
- Keep skin well hydrated by drinking plenty of water
- Engage in a morning and evening skincare regime alongside using a good moisturiser twice a day
- Eat antioxidant-rich fruits and nuts, including coconut oil, blueberries, strawberries, cantaloupe, and walnuts
These are just small measures which won’t stop crow’s feet altogether, but might well help delay and minimise their appearance.
Dr Ross Perry
Ross qualified at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School in 1994. His career includes NHS skin cancer reconstruction, work as a GP, as well as private cosmetic skin treatments.
He established Cosmedics Skin Clinics in 2003 and remains in charge as Medical Director. He is best known for dealing with unwanted skin lesions and blemishes (e.g. moles, cysts, warts skin tags) and natural-looking use of non-surgical cosmetic injections (BOTOX® Anti-Wrinkle Injections and Facial Fillers).
Cosmedics Skin Clinics
Cosmedics Skin Clinics was established in 2003 and has built up an excellent reputation for cosmetic and medical skin treatments, carried out by GMC Registered Doctors. The company offer a full range of cosmetic treatments, including popular lip enhancement and wrinkle relaxing injections, dermal fillers; plus medical treatments including mole removal, thread vein treatment and excessive sweating injections.
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