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Crow’s Feet Are For The Birds4 min read

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Dr. Phillip Chang

Board Certified By The American Board of Plastic Surgeons.
Voted Top Plastic Surgeon in Loudoun, Virginia
Offices in Leesburg, Virginia.

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Despite claims that your eyes are the window to your soul, the skin surrounding your eyes is the most fragile and gentle of your entire face.

Do you struggle to sleep at night? Dark circles and telltale bags begin to form under your typically gorgeous eyes.

Do you constantly find yourself laughing along with your friends and family? Pesky laugh lines will start to sneak in around the corners of your eyes. Of course these laugh lines, or crow’s feet, are the telltale sign of a joy-filled life, but they’re also a sign of aging. If you’re ready to start fighting back and lessening their appearance, here’s you everything you need to know about crow’s feet. 

Where are crow's feet? When do they appear?

Wrinkles along the external corner of the eyes, they quite literally resemble the outward angles of the feet of a crow. There’s no need for concern: crow’s feet are perfectly normal, most often caused by smiling over the years.

Here’s what you need to know: As you age, the skin around your eye loses its elasticity and natural oils, making it increasingly susceptible to deep-set wrinkles. Crow’s feet are simply caused by the loss of collagen and flexible tissue within the skin. This happens naturally over time, particularly as the body ages.

The more your skin is susceptible to damage from the sun, dirt, and pollution, the worse the wrinkles. All of those long afternoons of sunbathing on warm summer days have finally come back to bite. Over time, smiling and muscle contraction, mixed with skin damage, naturally leads to gradually deeper and longer lines surrounding the eyes.

At first, the crow’s feet might not bother you. But if eventually you decide that you would rather have your tight, youthful skin back, the it be time to consider the most popular plastic surgery procedure: facial fillers.

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Can crow's feet be prevented and reversed?

Don’t forget skincare 101: Always, always, always use sunscreen! Aim to use a cream or lotion with SPF 30+ on a daily basis. If you expect to be near or in water, or extremely active during the day, make sure you’re wearing a waterproof formula which won’t wash off easily.

As you age, you’ll specifically want to look for moisturizing eye creams utilizing medical grade ingredients such as niacinamide, retinol, and vitamin C. Eye creams made with hyaluronic acid can also help plump skin and fill-in fine lines.

Year-round use of sunglasses that filter UV light  will also help safeguard your eyes against the atrocities of skin damage – preventing deeper, longer wrinkles from forming around their edges.

Botox Injections

What's the best treatment for crow's feet?


Most ladies’ go-to treatment for forehead lines, sagging earlobes, and aging jawlines is Botulinum Toxin (BOTOX): the #1 treatment option for those stubborn, worn-in crow’s feet. Dysport, Juvéderm , and Xeomin also all work well around the eyes. BOTOX is extremely helpful for reducing the appearance of crow’s feet. 

Nurses typically inject the outer corners of the eyes, but some patients likewise request a small injection into the muscle band just below each eye to prevent under-eye wrinkles from worsening and promote a plump, youthful glow. 

Juvederm and Other Facial Fillers

Other facial fillers, such as Juvéderm, can also be used in the under-eye area to fill in hollows and reduce shadows from aging. Although the outside of the eyes can be attacked a bit more aggressively, only the lightest of fillers ought to be used under the eyes.

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Not crazy about fillers?

Some topical antioxidants can provide impressive outcomes in the eradication of fine lines and crow’s feet through reducing the localized free radicals that degrade collagen and elastin as you age.

Ready to say goodbye to crow's feet?

If you’re ready to tackle your fine lines or crow’s feet and rediscover your youthful vibrancy, schedule a free consultation with our office. We’d love to help you determine the perfect options to keep the windows to your soul bright and beautiful.

To find out more whether Aesthetica can help you, contact us online or at 703-729-5553 to arrange an appointment. Dr. Phillip Chang is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Northern Virginia near Leesburg, Virginia and an expert in a wide variety of cosmetic treatments.

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