The Crow’s feet refers to the wrinkles around the eye socket often associated with smiling or squinting. Some people feel that these lines add character to their face whilst others start to dread them as they get deeper. The crow’s feet also known as “laughter lines” usually develop from the age of 30 and often progress to permanent deep lines as we approach our 40’s.
Below we have devised a 5 point strategy for prevention and correction of these lines.
1) Botox Injections– The crow’s feet respond very well to Botox Injections. Botox will usually smooth existing lines and prevent future wrinkles forming. Botox is a localised muscle relaxant and is injected using a thin needle into the muscles under the skin. The treatment only takes around 5 minutes and should usually be carried out by a certified and experienced Doctor. It usually takes 3-7 days to start noticing the effect and results lasts between 3-6 months. Regular Botox treatments help to keep the wrinkles around the eyes at bay. (Please do seek medical advice from your specialist cosmetic Doctor before undergoing such a treatment).
Our Recommendation: Botox made by Allergan; this is available at all our Clinics Price from £150
2) Sunblock SPF 50 – We always forget that prevention of lines and wrinkles is the key to smooth young skin. Even with little Sun in places like London we still forget that the skin is still exposed to natural daylight that has a significant impact on the skin as well as UV rays from direct sunlight. Protection against UVA and UVB with a quality sun block is highly necessary in this situation.
Our Recommendation : Skinceuticals Sheer Mineral Defence SPF50 Price from £35
3) Eye Creams– Do eye creams really work for the wrinkles? Well there has been quite a bit of speculation surrounding this topic however based upon clinical studies , antioxidant creams/gels help to combat ageing and wrinkles. Our advice is to find a cream that contains the necessary antioxidants which will help protect and fight the wrinkles around the eyes. At the same time the formula should have a good skin penetration ability. The key ingriedients are L-ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), Phloretin and Ferulic acid. This trio of antioxidants will help tackle the damaging free radicals thus preventing the signs of ageing and correct any existing damage to the skin. The combination of creams with treatments like Botox are the ultimate way of treating wrinkles around the eyes.
Our Recommendation: Skinceuticals AOX+ EYE Gel (available upon consulting your Cosmetic Doctor) Prices from £65
4) Chemical Skin Peels– How do we know which Chemical peels to go for? There are so many Chemical peels on the market to choose from and it can be very difficult and time consuming to make the right choice of product and clinic. They are a great way of removing the dead skin layers and revealing fresh young skin. Chemical peels can sometimes be purchased over the counter and used at home but you would be better off consulting a cosmetic doctor/specialist who can advise on the more stronger and effective peels. To give you a brief overview:
Mild Peels : AHA or Glycolic acid peels- These are usually for dealing with the top skin surface problems such as a dry or rough texture. They only take upto 20 minutes to do and can leave you with a temporary redness lasting into the next day and little downtime. There are different strengths which would depend on your Doctor’s recommendations.
Moderate Peels: TCA Peels- These are deeper peels which are usually aimed at acne patient, fine lines/wrinkles and other mild skin imperfections. This peel again takes upto 20 minutes but can leave you with some mild swelling, redness, crusting, peeling for a 5-7 days. Its always advisable to discuss this with your cosmetic doctor before considering this treatment.
Our Recommendation: Agera Skin Peels or Obagi Medical Peels. Price from £50 per peel
5) Dermal Fillers – Can Dermal fillers be used around the eyes? Dermal fillers are not usually a first line treatment for wrinkles around the eye but can be an option for those who have deep lines around the eye orbit or in the tear trough area. They are usually made of hyaluronic acid which is a natural substance present in the body. They come in a form of a gel which is injected under the skin to add volume. There are over 100 fillers on the market and it is advisable to choose a certified and approved filler brand such as Juvederm, Restylane or Teosyal. Dermal fillers can help to improve the volume loss as well as stimulate collagen production around the eyes to help achieve younger looking skin. They also help with improving that “tired look” we sometimes have caused by the loss of volume in the tear trough.
Our Recommendation: Juvederm Hydrate or Juvederm Volbella by Allergan. Prices from £250.