Most wrinkles are triggered by a combination of skin thickness, elasticity, fat distribution, and collagen content — all of which are influenced by genetic and environmental factors. The under-eye skin is the thinnest and most delicate skin on the face, the reason it gets wrinkled first. So, to keep crow’s feet at bay is about a series of practices that helps you minimize creases under the eyes. Good use of skincare products, proper diet, and some treatments are what you actually need.
Treatments to diminish under-eye wrinkles and crow’s feet
These wrinkles can add years to your face, but fear not, there are ways that can significantly reduce their look. Read on.
If you’re looking for a non-surgical treatment, there are a few methods that help rebuild the skin around the eyes. Our favorite is Restylane, an FDA-approved dermal filler injected beneath the skin’s surface, made from a form of hyaluronic acid, meant to plump wrinkles. There’s no need for recovery after such a treatment, and you can see improvement instantly, depending on the depth of the wrinkles. If your crow’s feet are deep, you may need a series of treatments until you’re happy with the result. In most cases, the cost of Restylane Lift treatment is around $400-$800 per seringe.
Skin resurfacing with laser treatment
Laser resurfacing is an ablative procedure that uses a wand-like laser instrument to remove the upper layers of the skin from the crow’s feet. Basically, it removes old skin cells to reveal newer and youthful ones. This method works by heating the skin layers underneath in order to boost collagen production, stimulating the skin for a smoother, even appearance.
Such an intervention usually takes 10 to 21 days to heal and comes with a few rules, such as using oil-free makeup for three months, avoiding sun exposure, and keeping the skin well-moisturized. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the average cost of laser skin resurfacing is $2,300. This average cost is only part of the total price — it does not include other related expenses, such as products to use afterward or travel.
If appointments and recoveries are not really what you have time for, you can opt for a LED mask device to use at home. They aren’t built for the eye area, but when the skin is exposed to these non-ablative lasers, it produces a biochemical effect that boosts the amount of energy stored in skin cells, stimulating collagen production. Using it a few times per week will improve your overall skin condition in the long run. Even better if combined with other procedures and products for wrinkles.
Another dermatologist-recommend treatment for home use without the need for recovery is high-frequency therapy devices. These facial systems deliver gentle and safe oscillating oxygenating power of electrical currents (high-frequency) that promote collagen, boost blood flow, encourage lymphatic drainage, and increase skincare product absorption. Affordable, effective, easy to handle — nothing not to like about them.
Even if it’s still an injectable filler, botox works differently. It awakens muscles, making wrinkles around the eyes more relaxed and less noticeable. With Botox injections, the results are visible within a few days, and recovery time is relatively short — you should be able to resume your normal activities after 24 hours. However, botox injections shall be repeated once in 4 months to maintain the desired results, the costs depending on how many units you need.
This surgical intervention is needed when sagging eyelids keep your eyes from opening completely, usually performed by women over 50s. Crow’s feet, under-eye bags, droopy upper eyelids, excess skin that interferes with the peripheral vision are mostly the reasons women resort to blepharoplasty. Blepharoplasty intervention can reduce these issues and make eyes appear younger and more alert. What does it imply? A surgeon cuts along the fold of the eyelid, removes excess skin, muscle, and possibly fat, and closes the wound.
Most people are happy with blepharoplasty results, such as a more rested and youthful appearance and increased self-confidence. Depending on your lifestyle and genes, the results may last a lifetime. For such an intervention, recovery is required for two weeks, while the surgical cuts may take a few months to fade away. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the price for a blepharoplasty surgery is about $4,000, without including anesthesia, other facilities, or products.
Also known as collagen-induction therapy, micro-needling is carried out with a pen with tiny needles that penetrate the skin surface. Small punctures are a form of controlled injury which stimulates the body to start its natural repairing process. New skin cells are generated, removing dullness, dark circles, and wrinkles around the eyes.
Micro-needling under the eyes requires about 4 to 6 sessions, over 3 to 6 months, and it only takes 24 hours to get repaired. For this reason, it’s one of the most popular procedures to diminish wrinkles around the eyes, puffiness, and dullness. The new collagen formation process takes place in the next 10 to 14 days. After 45 days, eye bags gradually disappear, while dark circles and wrinkles get reduced.
Microneedling may cost anywhere from $200 to $700 per session. Although the number of sessions can vary, most women need three to six sessions for optimal results. With this in mind, you may spend anywhere from $600 to $4,200 overall. The at-home version of micro-needling is a derma roller. Fairly, you won’t get the same results as having a medical-grade micro-needling, but it’ll leave your skin looking and feeling fresh. Just make sure you use one designed for the eye area.
A more affordable treatment option is OTC creams. Retinol, peptides, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and vitamin C are the best ingredients in eye creams. In fact, eye creams give stunning results when used as an addition to other procedures and interventions to soften wrinkles around the eye area. They don’t remove the lines but plump them to look less noticeable.
What about makeup?
For the times you didn’t have enough sleep, or you simply want to give your eye area a pick-me-up, there’s concealer. Concealers can actually help if you use ones with skin-loving ingredients. For instance, a concealer for mature skin can include anti-aging ingredients that can diminish the look of crow’s feet and fine lines around the eyes.
How to prevent under-eye wrinkles
And because most probably you know how to make the skin stay hydrated naturally, I’ll just make a brief overview of everything, just to be sure.
First thing first, keep your skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water. According to The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, adequate daily fluid intake is 91 ounces for women and about 125 ounces for men. P.S.: Those who are active or live in hot climates may need to consume more.
Tailor your skincare routine to your needs, considering your skin type, age, and skin concerns. Never skip a diligent AM/ PM skincare regimen, no matter how moody you are — cleanse, tone, treat, moisturize, and layer sunscreen in the morning.
Opt for a diet that’ll boost your natural collagen production, making your skin glow from the inside out.
Always have a pair of glasses in your bag in case the sun is too intense. Look for ones that protect the eyes from UV light. This can help keep the sun’s rays from worsening wrinkles.
Last but not least, if you smoke, quit.