Crows Feet Treatment - Adelaide
Interested in softening your laughter lines a little?
According to the experts, they are caused by “the contraction of the muscle underneath the skin”. When we make an expression, the muscles contracts, pulling the skin with it and creating “a sort of concertina effect”. As we age, our skin loses collagen and becomes weaker, which increases the effect.
Ageing is obviously a given, but what other factors can contribute to the development of crow’s-feet? According to Dr Targett, these are the ones to watch out for…
How it works
What Predisposes us to Crow’s Feet?
- Your gender – According to Dr Targett, males tend to have a thicker muscle around the eye, which means the pulling effect on the skin in this area is greater, causing crow’s feet. Sorry, boys!
- Sun exposure – The more time you spend outside, the more likely you are to develop crows feet. Dr Targett explains this is because the sun “weakens skin” and “reduces skin elasticity”, which means it won’t bounce back as easily after it bunches up. Similarly, working outdoors can also be a contributing factor. As Dr Targett explains, “If you’re a lifesaver, for example, you’re squinting into the sun more,” resulting in a more-frequent pulling effect on the skin.
- Weight loss – If you tend to lose weight easily from your face, you could be more prone to crow’s-feet. This is because “your skin loses fat,” says the expert, which in turn “makes your skin look less smooth and your lines look more obvious”.
- Your general mood – It doesn’t seem fair, but smiling a lot can be a contributing factor. In the same way, as when you squint, your eye muscles pull on the skin around your eyes.
How do I prevent Crow’s Feet from forming (or at least slow down their development a little)
- Sun protection – We’re talking a high-SPF sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, and avoiding sun exposure in the middle of the day. If you’re worried about using sunscreen around your eyes, try an eye cream that contains SPF instead.
- Don’t smoke – We all know the catastrophic effect smoking can have on our overall health, let alone on our skin, so this one probably goes without saying.
- Use a moisturiser – According to Dr Targett, “just using a moisturiser” can make a world of difference. Try an eye cream which is formulated to strengthen and smooth the skin surrounding the delicate eye area, so it is less prone to crow’s feet.
- Retinol and fruit acids – Already got crow’s feet? Don’t panic. Dr Targett says certain anti-ageing skin care ingredients can help reduce their appearance. Retinol and fruit acids are her top picks. Alternatively, the expert recommends trying “superficial peels, to help strengthen the skin structure”.
- Wrinkle removing injections – While some of us would prefer to get rid of crow’s feet without botox, anti-wrinkle injections are arguably the quickest and most effective treatment option. According to Dr Targett, they work by “stopping the communication between the nerve and the muscle around the eye”, which reduces the pulling effect on the skin lying above. Dr Targett says that “with the right injection and the right dose, you can get a natural result” and soften the appearance of crow’s feet.
How are Crows Feet treated?
Crows Feet can be treated by anti wrinkle injections for superficial and dynamic wrinkles. For deep static wrinkles, wrinkle fillers may be used to help erase lines.
Can natural results be achieved?
The crow’s feet area is typically treated with an average dose of 4 – 20 units, for women, and 10 – 30 units for men. Dr Targett will make a plan with you and work out exactly how much the treatment will cost BEFORE you get treated, making sure you know exactly what is going on to help avoid any surprises.
We prefer a very “natural” look and believe we should still have some crow’s feet when we smile, to retain the “twinkle” of the eye smile. Anti wrinkle injections can be used to keep crow’s feet under control by preventing them from getting worse over time. Dr Targett will be able to adjust the amount needed according to the amount of lines, the structure of your face and the way you smile, whilst still retaining natural movement and expression.
Dr Rahma Targett
Dr Rahma Targett is a General Practitioner(FRACGP), with a specialty in Cosmetic Medicine. She founded Advanced Cosmetic Medicine in 2016 and has since become well known as a trusted and in demand Cosmetic Physician in Adelaide. She has a Diploma in Dermoscopy and a Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine with the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine. Dr Targett is a leader in her field and regularly attends Cosmetic conferences to keep up to date with modern aesthetic techniques. At advanced Cosmetic Medicine you can always be reassured that you will be welcomed and treated personally by Dr Rahma Targett.
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