Under Eye Wrinkles and Crow’s Feet – Causes, Treatment and Prevention – Auckland NZ

Under eye wrinkles and crow’s feet (the lines radiating out sideways from the lateral aspect of your eye) are a common concern we see at Palm Clinic, Auckland, NZ. This is an area that needs to be treated with an experienced hand to avoid an unnatural result. Over-treatment results in a loss of warmth, a frozen look and a ‘shelfing’ appearance of the cheek. When done well, it softens the crow’s feet while retaining your warmth and facial expression. Below, we discuss under eye wrinkles and crow’s feet causes, under eye wrinkles and crow’s feet treatment and under eye wrinkles and crow’s feet prevention.

What Causes Under Eye Wrinkles and Crow’s Feet

Under eye wrinkles and crow’s feet are expression lines caused by repeated muscle contraction of the orbicularis oculi. This is a facial muscle that acts like a purse string; it’s muscle contraction closes the eye tight, or a lesser contraction is used when smiling or laughing.

As we age, our skin becomes less elastic, and the repeated facial expression in this area over time causes fine lines that persist in this delicate skin even when not smiling. Dynamic wrinkles are the lines caused when smiling and static wrinkles are the ones visible at rest. Other factors that affect our skin’s resistance to the appearance of wrinkles are whether we have smoked, how fair our skin is (darker skin ages better) and how much sun damage from UV rays we have had over our lives.

Treatment for Under Eye Wrinkles and Crow’s Feet

In the first instance, low-dose Botox® (botulinum toxin) can have a nice effect on softening Crow’s feet. Botox® is FDA approved (Food and Drug Administration in USA) for the treatment of frown lines, forehead lines and crow’s feet. As previously mentioned, it is important to use small doses and have an experienced clinician to achieve a natural result around the crow’s feet. We have all seen examples of over-treatment with Botox® injections where the eyes lose their warmth, the cheeks appear ‘dropped’ and there is a hollowness (‘shelfing’) around the eyes when smiling. While this improves the lines, it definitely is not a natural or flattering result. Palm Clinic, Auckland NZ is renowned for achieving natural looking results with Botox® (botulinum toxin) that softens the eye area rather than blanking it out. You can read more about Botox® treatment here.

Dermal filler (hyaluronic acid) around the eye area can help lift the cheek, improving under eye dark circles, under eye wrinkles and softening crow’s feet. Dermal filler is a safe and effective treatment where hyaluronic acid (a clear gel that lifts the skin) is injected to lift up facial wrinkles and support the skin by hydrating it from beneath. You can read more about dermal filler treatment here.

The key is to achieve a natural result by precisely placing the Botox® for maximum positive effect. This requires experience and Palm Clinic doctors have this in spades having been amongst the first doctors to use Botox® Cosmetic in New Zealand 15 years ago. Individual results may vary.

Botox® to relax crow's feet.

Prevention Tips for Under Eye Wrinkles and Crow’s Feet

A visit to our skin therapist at Palm Clinic Auckland, NZ is advised to complement the above treatments. She will prescribe medical grade skin care (with active ingredients including Vitamin A, Vitamin C) and sunscreen, medifacials or a chemical peel and/or a resurfacing option such as dermal needling (Dermapen) or Fraxel laser which boost collagen production to improve the quality of your skin and reduce the appearance of under eye wrinkles/crow’s feet. All of these options promote collagen production and are proven to be effective at improving fine lines and crepey skin. Eye cream at department stores or chemists can be very expensive but do not contain active ingredients and may not be particularly effective. That is why it is important to see a trained skin therapist who can prescribe medical grade skin care and eye cream that a department store or chemist can not.

Of course, a healthy lifestyle plays a part in preventive measures to limit the effects of ageing. This includes eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, stress management, good sleep, limiting alcohol intake and avoiding smoking. The most important thing though, is to use a good sunscreen (our skin therapist will suggest a suitable one for your skin) and to be sun safe (slip, slop, slap) to prevent sun damage from UV rays.

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Botox®  is a prescription medicine for the treatment of frown lines, horizontal forehead lines and crow’s feet round the eyes. Botox® has risks and benefits. Ask your doctor if Botox® is right for you. If you have side effects, see your doctor. You will need to pay for Botox® and clinic fees will apply. For details on precautions & side effects consult your healthcare professional or the Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) at www.medsafe.govt.nz. Botox® treatment lasts about 4 months and further courses of treatment may be necessary. Should only be administered by trained medical professionals.(Contains botulinum toxin A 50,100 & 200 units). Allergan (NZ) Limited, Auckland.

Juvederm Ultra™ & Juvederm Ultra Plus™ are medical devices Class III for the filling of medium size and deep facial wrinkles by injection into the skin and for creating definition and volume in the lips. Contains 24mg/mL. cross-linked hyaluronic acid. Juvederm has risks and benefits. Cautions: Use in an area that has been treated with another dermal filler, people with autoimmune disease, or who are pregnant, breastfeeding, under 18 years of age or have an increased susceptibility to keloid formation and hypertrophic scarring. People on blood thinning medicines. Possible side effects: injection site inflammatory reactions (redness/swelling, itching/pain on pressure) induration or nodules; discolouration; weak filling effect. If you have side effects or concerns speak to your doctor. Product and treatment costs will apply. Note: Juvederm treatment lasts about 12-24 months. For product information check with your doctor or product information at Allergan (NZ) Limited, Auckland.      

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