What helps to diminish crow’s feet? Our Newtown Square and Bryn Mawr-area patients often wonder what they can do to reduce these telltale wrinkles that appear around the eyes. Crow’s feet are fine lines that are often referred to as happy lines because they are the wrinkles that show most when we smile.

These wrinkles form at the outer corners of the eyes and branch off like the feet of a crow, which is how they got their name. Although the saying implies that the eyes are the windows to the soul, the skin around the eyes can also communicate information about us—including our age and habits. The periorbital skin is thin, delicate, and less forgiving than other areas on the face and thus, wrinkles tend to form here earlier in life.

Additionally, as we age, the skin loses elasticity and produces less of its natural oils, making it more likely for wrinkles to develop. Sun exposure, smoking, excessive smiling, and air pollution can also cause wrinkles to worsen. Although many people consider crow’s feet as signs of a life well-lived with plenty of joy, there are also ways to reduce these pesky wrinkles if they are bothersome to you.

The best crow’s feet treatment for many people is BOTOX®. This globally popular medication is injected directly into muscles, where it prevents the contractions that cause what are known as dynamic wrinkles so that the skin looks smoother and softer. It works by blocking the release of the chemical that causes muscle contractions.

Results from a BOTOX® session typically last for three to four months on average. Over-the-counter topical creams containing retinoids can stimulate the production of new skin and promote collagen growth to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, enhancing the effects of BOTOX®. Chemical peels are another great way to promote healthier, smoother skin by removing the old, damaged cells from the surface and stimulating the production of collagen and elastin. We recommend that you limit sun exposure, use eye creams that contain antioxidants, and avoid smoking to maximize your results.

Want more information about options for smoothing crow’s feet and enjoying a more youthful appearance? Our team at Cirillo Cosmetic Dermatology Spa can explain everything you need to know about reducing expression wrinkles on the upper face. Call us at 610.525.5029 or submit a contact form to request a consultation if you’re interested in learning more.

Victoria A. Cirillo-Hyland