As a Board certified dermatologist in private practice since 1998, and full time dermatologic surgeon on staff at The Mount Sinai Medical Center since 1993, I’ve seen hundreds of patients who are distressed with how dramatically lines and wrinkles age the appearance of their faces. Since the eyes are a main focal point of the face, crow’s feet are an especial concern. Let’s take a closer look at this type of wrinkle and discuss what can be done about it.
What are crow’s feet?
Crow’s feet are wrinkles that branch from the outer corners of the eyes, toward the hairline. They are the crinkles that show up at any age, when you raise your cheeks to grin or squint your eyes.
Why are they called crow’s feet?
The medical term for these wrinkles is “lateral chanti rhytides.” They are commonly called crow’s feet because the wrinkles radiate in a pattern that resembles a bird’s footprint.
What causes crow’s feet?
Eat time you make facial expressions like smiling, frowning, or squinting small muscles around your eyes contract. Those muscle contractions, repeated millions of times during your life, leave lasting creases in skin. For this reason, you may also hear crow’s feet referred to as “character lines” or “laugh lines.”
At what age do crow’s feet appear?
Crow’s feet are some of the earliest wrinkles to appear, typically in 30s and 40s. Each person’s unique body chemistry, heredity, and lifestyle influence the onset of crow’s feet.
Can crow’s feet be prevented?
Crow’s feet are caused by repeated muscle contractions, but smoking and sun exposure (which damage skin and dry it out) accelerate their occurrence. The best ways to keep crow’s feet at bay as long as possible are to not smoke, use an eye cream with SPF 15 or higher every morning, wear sunglasses, and have regular eye examinations. If you need glasses or contact lenses to see without squinting, wear them.
What can be done to minimize existing crow’s feet?
I have had great results treating crow’s feet with a combination approach, customized for the individual patient. I utilize Fraxel® laser resurfacing techniques to refine the complexion, and Portrait® Plasma to stimulate new collagen production. Innovative non-surgical techniques like Pellevé® and ThermiSmooth™ are also effective in tightening skin to reduce the appearance of existing crow’s feet. Then, Botox® and Dysport® injections are used to relax muscles, interrupting contractions that cause skin to wrinkle around the eyes. Quality skin care products round out treatment nicely.
Would you like to talk about the best way to treat your crow’s feet for a more youthful, refreshed look? Call 212-561-5808 and be sure to ask for Dr. Ron Shelton.
Dr. Ron Shelton, formerly having practiced on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, NYC, is now located in Midtown Manhattan.