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What Are Periorbital Wrinkles?



Peri-orbital wrinkles are wrinkles around the eyes, “peri” meaning around and “orbital” used in reference to eye sockets.

Crow’s Feet

Peri-orbital wrinkles tend to be more commonly referred to as “Crow’s feet” or smile lines. These wrinkles begin appearing as people age with lifestyle choices such as sun exposure, diet, overall health, and genetics. The skin around the eye is thinner and therefore more subject to wrinkles than the rest of the face. This type of wrinkle will most likely show on the face before any other due to the skin losing elasticity as people age.

Preventing Peri-orbital Wrinkles

Many things can be done to prevent and then to reduce the appearance of Peri-orbital wrinkles, among the most important being to stay hydrated and to stay protected from the sun. There are ways to possibly treat peri-orbital wrinkles; there are creams to rub around the eyes that help to moisturize the skin around the eyes. A dermatologist may do a chemical peel or a laser resurfacing treatment that will take the top layer of skin off, encouraging the growth of new, healthy skin cells.

Finally, one extreme treatment of wrinkles around the eye is to see a plastic surgeon, who may perform a face or eye lift.



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