Crow’s Feet: Causes, Treatments, Cost & Prevention Tips

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    The eyes are the windows to the soul. Keeping the surrounding area wrinkle-free will go a long way in helping you look younger. There are several treatment options available to deal with crow’s feet, wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes, giving you the anti-ageing solutions you have been looking for.

    What Are Crow’s Feet?

    Crow’s feet are wrinkles that appear on the temple and cheek areas around the eyes. These lines appear with age and frequent use of facial muscles. At a younger age, the skin’s elasticity prevents the lines from appearing, but this effect reduces with the wear and tear of age.

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    What Causes Crow’s Feet?

    The constant use of facial muscles for common actions like squinting, laughing, smiling or scowling cause the formation of creases in the skin around the eyes. As one ages, the elasticity of the skin gets drastically reduced. Combine this with a stressful lifestyle, and you have the formation of fine lines and wrinkles around all the extensively used muscles, in this case, around the eyes.

    How Do You Get Rid Of Crow’s Feet Around Eyes?

    Unless you treat the wrinkles with dermatology treatments, there is little that can be done to eradicate crow’s feet. The most competent treatments would be laser treatments, chemical peels, dermal fillers, and other non-surgical options which are case dependant.

    Preventive options could include cosmetic makeup to cover up the lines as much as possible. Crow’s feet look more pronounced when the skin is dry, so moisturizing will help soften the intensity around the eyes.

    Treatment Options For Crow’s Feet

    Dermatology clinics have the most effective treatments for any peri-orbital (around the eyes) issues. The list below includes the most common wrinkle treatments that also work wonders for crow’s feet.

    • Laser Treatments: This is another popular choice for wrinkle treatment. Laser skin resurfacing can be performed on almost anyone (determined by a simple consultation process). The latest laser treatments use Erbium YAG lasers to systematically eradicate surface layers of skin and, in turn, promote the formation of newer and wrinkle-free layers. However, if the wrinkles are deep, chances are you will require more sessions than the average person.
    • Dermal Fillers: Dermal filler treatment injects soft tissue into the target areas to “fill up” the lines and wrinkles. Patients without sagging or loose skin are better candidates for dermal fillers.
    • Chemical Peels: These work at different depth levels based on the intensity of the peel solution. Chemical peels can be effective at treating crow’s feet that are not very deep. The peel slowly breaks down the surface layers of skin while promoting a response for collagen production. This, in turn, reveals new skin that has better tone, texture, and elasticity.
    • Botulinum Toxin Injection: The cosmetic form of botulinum toxin is a popular injectable that temporarily reduces or eliminates facial fine lines and wrinkles. The most commonly treated areas are frown lines, forehead creases, crow’s feet near the eyes. Several other areas have been treated such as thick bands in the neck, thick jaw muscles, lip lines and gummy smiles.
    • Wrikle Repair Creams: Retinoid creams have a slightly higher success rate. Such an over-the-counter cream when applied induces collagen production in the skin, which can help with tone and texture in the long-term.

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    What Is The Cost Of Crow’s Feet Treatment?

    Here is the average cost of crow’s feet treatment in India:

    • Botulinum Toxin: This injection can range between Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000 per unit. Your average cost will vary depending on how many units you receive.
    • Injectable Fillers: Dermal fillers injections can cost between Rs 8,000 to Rs 15,000 per unit. Keep in mind that a few treatments can be performed simultaneously. The cost is based on the units of material used.
    • Laser Treatment: Crow feet Laser treatments can range between Rs 7,000 to Rs 15,000 per session and the average patient requires anywhere between 6-8 sessions to see effective results that last for a longer span of time.

    It is important to understand that all costs will vary depending on the location and quality standard of the clinic too.

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    How To Prevent Crow’s Feet Around The Eyes?

    • Avoid Squinting: Crow’s feet are largely and most commonly caused by excessive contraction of the muscles around the eyes. Wear sunglasses when outdoors, even when it is not excessively sunny, to help prevent subconscious squinting. If you spend a majority of your day in front of a screen, manage your brightness settings to help minimize muscle contraction.
    • Avoid The Sun: Too much sun exposure damages the collagen in the skin which is responsible for maintaining the skin’s elasticity and texture. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen that can also help protect against UV rays. These rays are capable of penetrating glass (e.g.: a car window), so it is important to ensure that you are protected even in the shade.
    • Stop Smoking: Smoking is injurious to your health in many ways. With respect to skin, it interferes with collagen levels and production which can lead to the premature formation of crow’s feet around the eyes.

    With age comes wisdom and the wisdom of anti-ageing lies in safe treatments such as dermal fillers, laser treatments and several others. Make sure to visit clinics that follow strict safety protocols enforced by experienced dermatologists and the only crow’s feet you will see will be on the birds themselves.

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    About The Author

    Kushneet Kukreja

    Kushneet Kukreja

    A postgraduate in Biotechnology from Kingston University and an ISSA Certified Specialist in Fitness & Nutrition, Kushneet Kukreja is a passionate writer who works in close association with the dermatologists at our head office to generate valuable and scientifically accurate content for our blog.

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