Crow’s Feet are wrinkles at the corner of the eyes that branch out into the shape ofCrow’s Feet. These wrinkles develop as we age due to years of facial muscle contractions. The skin around our eyes is up to 40% thinner than the rest of our bodies. Therefore,Crow’s Feet often develop far sooner than other facial wrinkles and are among the first signs of aging.

There are two basic types ofCrow’s Feet: static and dynamic. StaticCrow’s Feet are always visible, even when the facial muscles are relaxed. Some facial expressions make your staticCrow’s Feet appear even deeper and more severe.

In contrast, dynamicCrow’s Feet appear only when the muscles around the eyes, cheeks, or temples contract. This form ofCrow’s Feet is not visible when the face is at rest.


Crow’s Feet are a natural result of a person aging. During the aging process, our skin becomes thinner and the skin’s level of collagen and elastin production decreases.

Collagen is a protein that contributes to the rounded, youthful look of our skin. Without the Collagen protein scaffolding, our skin will sag, appear thinner, and wrinkles become deeper.

Elastin contributes to the skin’s ability to recover from being stretched and compressed. As elastin production declines with aging, wrinkles develop.

Decreased levels of these proteins make the skin more susceptible to sagging and the development of lines and wrinkles. Lifestyle and environmental factors such as sun exposure, pollutants, lack of hydration, or inadequate nutrition can also contribute to a loss of collagen and elastin.

Crow’s Feet are typically one of the first signs of facial aging that can occur, as eye wrinkles can begin to become visible at an early age (often mid-20’s). The reason for such early development of eye wrinkles is due to the thin and delicate nature of the skin around the eyes, which experiences the loss of elasticity much faster than surrounding skin.


Sadly, there is no way to preventCrow’s Feet. Nearly everyone will getCrow’s Feet at some time in their lifetime. However, we can take measures to reduce both the severity and depth ofCrow’s Feet. Some effective measures to preventCrow’s Feet include:

  • Avoid Smoking: Smoke and other air pollutants can speed up the aging process by damaging collagen and elastin. Smoking causes premature skin sagging and wrinkles.
  • Limit Sun Exposure: UV light is damaging to both collagen and elastin in our caces. Limit your time in the sun, and avoid tanning beds completely. If you must be outdoors for long periods of time, wear UV skin protection.
  • Eat Healthy: Collagen requires amino acids, vitamin C, and other minerals including zinc and sulfur. One eating healthy meals with a variety of fruits and vegetables provides these nutrients.
  • Moisturize: Eye creams and moisturizers with retinol, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid can help plump skin by stimulating collagen production, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines in our face.
  • Exercise: Body movement increases the heart rate, circulates blood and nutrients, and keeps skin oxygenated. This movement increases collagen production for a glowing, youthful look.


Crow’s Feet are not physically harmful but can be mentally unpleasing. There are multiple cosmetic treatment options that may reduce or eliminate their appearance, including the following:

1. Botox

Botox smoothsCrow’s Feet wrinkles that result from repetitive muscle constriction by paralyzing the muscles that form the wrinkles. Botox is a safe and effective treatment that is temporary but very effective in those between the ages of 30-50 whose wrinkles are just beginning to appear. Botox treatments last anywhere from 3-6 months and additional period maintenance sessions can maintain results over a longer period.

2. Dermal Fillers

Dermal Fillers are effective for staticCrow’s Feet (those that appear even when the face is relaxed). Dermal fillers plump the skin making wrinkles much less visible. Some dermal fillers work by provoking an increase in the body’s own collagen production processes. Dermal fillers can last 3-12 months or longer, depending upon the type used.

3. Chemical Peels

Chemical Peels work by removing the outer layer of skin, which triggers a healing process. The skin that grows back is newer, younger, and smoother to the look and touch. Wrinkles diminish with a deep chemical peel, although the procedure can also be done at medium and light depths. Chemical peels last from one month to several years, depending upon the depth of the peel.

4. Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser Skin Resurfacing works similarly to a chemical peel but is more exacting. The upper layers of skin are removed, revealing younger-looking skin. This new skin has more collagen and elastin, making it less susceptible to wrinkles. The effects of laser resurfacing last for several years.

5. Microneedling 

Microneedling uses a hand-held device to create tiny punctures into your skin. These punctures trigger the release of growth hormones that increase collagen production. As the skin heals, it will become more youthful and elastic. Microneedling results last for approximately 4-6 weeks after treatment.

Each of these treatment options will reduce the appearance ofCrow’s Feet. The optimum treatment for each patient depends on several factors including the severity of theirCrow’s Feet, patient age, and skin type.


Increased collagen production can help the skin around the eyes heal in a smoother, more even way. 


Everyone’s different, but most patients come in because their eye wrinkles are making them unhappy.


This depends on the treatment method. Most results typically last three to four months. In order to maintain smoothness around your eyes, you’ll need to see your healthcare provider for follow-up injections every few months.


It depends mostly on where you are in the country and the type of treatment you get. Talk with us about your options. 



It’s normal forCrow’s Feet to form when people are in their 30s, although some people are affected by the visible Crow’s Feet in their mid-20s.

One study published in the June 2012 issue of the Journal of Nonverbal Behavior found that smiles accompanied byCrow’s Feet were rated as more authentic and spontaneous than those free of fine lines. Moreover, faces withCrow’s Feet were rated as more attractive and intelligent.

Botox works to smooth out wrinkles caused by repetitive muscles contractions that happen when you make facial expressions. Botox treatment is very effective forCrow’s Feet. Botox is best suited for people aged 30–50 whose wrinkles are just starting to develop.

  • Egg White Face Mask
  • Aloe Vera
  • Coconut Oil
  • Lemon Exfoliator
  • Cucumber Eye Patches
  • Honey And Yogurt Mask

Retinol significantly reduces the appearance ofCrow’s Feet, fine lines, and the rough texture around my cheekbones, without giving me redness or flaking. However. many retinol can be deactivated by sunlight, making them only suitable for evening use.

Too much Botox can cause too much relaxation of the muscle around the eye called the orbicularis oculi.

When Botox injections are administered by a qualified and trained practitioner who specializes in cosmetic injectables, your results will look very natural.

One scientific study showed that this injectable may be more effective at treatingCrow’s Feet than Botox in some people. Consult your cosmetic specialist for their expertise on the best options for you.




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Before your treatment session, our specialist will discuss what to expect during your treatment. However, it is helpful to remember that there are a few things to take into consideration before your session:

  • At least three to four days before your procedure, discontinue anti-inflammatory medications.
  • One to two weeks before your procedure, discontinue any blood-thinning herbs, supplements, or vitamins.
  • One to two weeks before your procedure, discontinue systematic steroids
  • At least one month before your procedure, stop steroid injections
  • On the day of your procedure, eat a full, healthy breakfast and be sure to drink plenty of water
  • Please be advised that if you take chronic oral steroids, a discontinuation plan will need to be discussed with your primary care provider as abrupt stoppage may cause side effects.


After your treatment session, we recommend that all patients rest on the day of their procedure. We advise limited use of the treatment area for the next two days, but some movement is encouraged. Limited use helps the joint recover as the treatment is absorbed by the area’s surrounding tissues.

0 – 3 days post-procedure guidelines.

  • After your treatment, there is a chance you’ll experience some mild to moderate pain or discomfort at the treatment site. Discomfort is normal, and it is a sign that your body is healing as it adjusts to the treatment.
  • It is best to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water to help promote healing.
  • You mustn’t take ANY medications following your procedure unless specifically directed otherwise by a physician. NO medicine is a must because any drug can affect the healing process or other adverse effects.

Therefore, discontinue use of any of these medications post-procedure for best results:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications for at least two weeks post-procedure
  • Blood-thinning herbs, supplements, or vitamins for 3-4 days post-procedure
  • Systematic steroids for two weeks post-procedure
  • Other important guidelines to follow after your procedure are:
  • Avoid applying ice or heat to the injection site for the first 72 hours post-procedure
  • Don’t take a hot bath or go to a sauna for the first few days post-procedure
  • Avoid consumption of any alcoholic beverages for the first week post-procedure
  • Avoid showering for the first 24 hours following your procedure
  • Limit caffeine consumption for the first week post-procedure
  • Avoid smoking

3 – 14 days post-procedure guidelines.

  • At this point in your healing, you should gradually increase your daily activities
  • 3 to 14 days is also when you can begin exercises. Proper exercise is a vital part of long-term results, and we can help you determine which exercises are best suited for your needs before your procedure.
  • Ice can be applied 3-4 times a day for 15-20 minutes as needed for comfort
  • Anti-inflammatory medications (such as Tylenol) can be taken to help manage any residual pain at this time, take as directed
  • Continue to avoid alcoholic beverages, smoking, or excessive amounts of caffeine

3 – 4 weeks post-procedure guidelines.

  • We highly encourage you to begin physical therapy to aid in your long-term healing and continued recovery at this point in your healing.
  • A follow-up appointment will be made for you to meet with our physician to review your healing process. You must keep this follow-up visit even if your recovery is going well.
  • If there are any adjustments to your customized treatment plan, this is when our physician will be able to make those decisions



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