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Condition — face

Crow’s Feet

Crow’s feet can also be known as ‘laughter lines’ and are wrinkles that can be seen at the outer corners of the eye. These lines will often develop through the ageing process and will often begin as small, fine lines that fan outwards. As time goes on these creases can become more prominent, often creeping further down into the cheek.

What causes crow’s feet?

The main cause of crow’s feet is facial movement, coupled by ageing skin that weakens through the loss of volume and elasticity as collagen and elastin depletes. This concern will often begin as ‘dynamic’ wrinkles that are only visible upon the contraction of muscles when a person smiles. Over time these creases can develop into ‘static’ wrinkles which will not appear and disappear during facial movement expressions. Their appearance remains a permanent feature that can also become deeper set into the skin. Lifestyle choices such as smoking and alcohol can contribute to this condition appearing at an earlier age than one would often prefer. Sun exposure will also contribute as UV rays accelerate the breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin, whilst also aiding a loss of hydration, drying out the skin.

How to treat crow’s feet

Improving the look of crow’s feet can involve the use of a treatment that works independently, or as part of a combination of treatments that can provide rejuvenation to the overall appearance of the face and neck. At Reshape & Restore we specialise in cosmetic plastic surgery procedures. Performing a face lift can refresh the complexion and create a more youthful look, as lines and wrinkles (including crow’s feet) are softened and the skin looks smoother. Dermal fillers offer a non-surgical alternative that works in a similar way, but requires regular maintenance procedures to enjoy the effects over a longer-term.

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