The Causes of Crow’s Feet & What Can Be Done About Them

woman with wrinkles around eyes

An early sign of aging is those pesky lines which start at the corner of the eye and fan out toward the temple. Some call them “character lines” or “laugh lines” but they are better known as crow’s feet. During the natural aging process, crow’s feet may become etched around the eyes because of multiple factors. Whatever the reason, many would like to reduce their presence to maintain their youthful beauty.

Although some are proud of their character lines, others don’t welcome crow’s feet especially when they come prematurely. The delicate skin around the eyes is the first to develop fine lines and creases. Although there is little we can do to prevent their emergence, there are treatments available to soften their appearance.

What Causes Crow’s Feet?

Crow’s feet are dynamic facial lines which result from lifestyle and genetic factors. These include:

Sun Exposure

Excessive UV rays will negatively affect your skin’s elasticity causing it to age prematurely. With constant muscle movement around your eyes, dynamic “crow’s feet” will appear on patients who don’t protect themselves from the sun.


When our face squints, which is a natural expression for most of us, the muscles around the eyes move causing the skin to crease and form lines. This expression is a normal part of everyday life. As the skin loses elasticity, the lines stay whether you squint, laugh, smile or not.


Aside from being an overall health risk leading to multiple problems, smoking also causes damage elastin and collagen levels. These components are the natural structural support for the skin and its underlying tissues. Smoking will also deprive the skin of oxygen and other nutrients. This dangerous habit will often accelerate the aging process.


With age, women begin to lose their estrogen levels. This loss is accelerated during menopause. Estrogen helps the skin to maintain healthy levels of elastin and collagen which help the skin to preserve facial beauty.

Crow’s Feet Treatments

At Dreyfuss Plastic Surgery, we offer the finest medical treatments for your cosmetic concerns including therapies designed to resolve crow’s feet. These procedures include:


The most popular prescription-strength cosmetic injectable is Botox. Because of its ability to reduce muscle movement safely, it has become an excellent option to resolve the appearance of crow’s feet. The FDA-approved treatment is quick and convenient and offers results which last approximately four months.

Injecting the precise amount of Botox around the eyes will prevent the underlying muscles from moving during constant expressions. This effect will decrease fine lines from forming around the eyes and significantly reduce their appearance. Botox is also an effective treatment for horizontal forehead lines, furrowed brow and vertical lines around the lips.

Laser Skin Rejuvenation

Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. David Dreyfuss also offers skin rejuvenation through the advanced Laser Genesis technology. This safe and effective, non-surgical solution is quick and convenient as well. Often known as a lunchtime procedure, it delivers optimal results by stimulating corrective benefits and stimulating collagen regeneration.

Learn More

To find out if you are the right candidate for treatments which resolve Crow’s Feet or learn more about the treatments we offer, schedule a consultation with Dr. Dreyfuss today.

Call 815-806-9400 or Contact Us Today.