All you wanted to know about Crow’s Feet but were dumbstruck to ask
A crow’s foot is an ugly name for what is commonly called as laughter lines. Those wrinkles at the side of our eyes tell a tale of ageing and those of us who have them don’t find them funny. The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but when not adequately cared for they speak volumes about your age.
How it comes about
Crow’s foot appears when the skin loses collagen and hyaluronic acid and we naturally and rapidly lose both as we age.
Collagen is a protein that works like glue to hold the skin cells together. It strengthens the skin, makes it elastic, and replaces the dead skin cells.
As the collagen production naturally slows down while we age, the first place we lose fat in the face is under the eyes. Laughter, smiling and squinting combined deepens those wrinkles further with time.
Hyaluronic Acid found throughout the skin tissue contributes to the growth, rejuvenation and healthy aging of skin cells thus keeping the skin firm. Recent research indicates that we lose about 80 percent of the naturally occurring hyaluronic acid between the ages of 40 and 80.
What can be done about it?
Determining the actual cause of wrinkles is the first step towards a holistic treatment. Once the why of the wrinkles is found out then a combination of lotions or medically approved creams, laced with collagen, hyaluronic acid can be used.
This procedure is also popularly called lasabrasion, laser peel or laser vaporization. It is used to reduce facial wrinkles, skin blemishes and acne scars. Directing short, intense, pulsating beams of light at irregular skin removes the skin layer by layer with precision.
However, people with fine lines or wrinkles around eyes, mouth or on forehead or those with shallow scars from acne and those with unresponsive skin after a facelift are not suited to undergo this treatment.
All wrinkle fillers are not right for every type of wrinkle. The least risk and the best results come from using the one by a board certified dermatologist or a plastic surgeon. Injectable wrinkle fillers unlike Botox injections relax the muscle under a wrinkle and fill the line or crease.
Collagen injections give your skin a smoother and plumper appearance by replenishing the skin’s natural collagen resulting in a more natural looking skin.
Hyaluronic acid is the most popular among all wrinkle fillers. Research shows that repeated injections may help stimulate the body’s own production of collagen. Evidence also suggests that less filler is needed over time to achieve the desired results.
Botox is most effective on dynamic wrinkles – wrinkles that haven’t yet set such as when we frown we have the wrinkle but afterwards there are only those fine lines. It works by blocking the nerves, paralyzing those that contract muscles thus softening the appearance of wrinkles.
No one formula can rid you of wrinkles. A holistic approach from a qualified and experienced dermatologist will go a long way to erase or soften them.