They say the eyes are the windows to the soul, but unfortunately, they can also be a window to your age. Because the skin around your eyes is already particularly thin, it tends to show signs of aging more quickly, potentially giving away your age even if the rest of your face has kept a younger look. But fortunately, depending on your specific needs, you have several options beyond simply learning to live with wrinkles.
Sometimes appearing as early as your late 20s or early 30s, crow’s feet are the fine lines which appear in the outside corners of your eyes, spreading out as they lengthen so they look like, well, a crow’s foot. The best way to minimize these wrinkles is typically with Botox® or Dysport® injections. These medications are injected into the area to relax the tense underlying facial muscle which is causing the wrinkles. This is a brief in-office procedure with little to no downtime, and the results typically appear over the next several days and last for three to four months.
“Bags under the Eyes”
Though they have a tendency to make you look tired, if the “bags under your eyes” are always present, they aren’t actually caused by a lack of sleep. You have natural fat deposits under your eyes, and as you age, these fat deposits can move outward and create a “puffy” look, especially when combined with thinning and sagging skin. Lower blepharoplasty (or lower eyelid surgery) can gently remove the unnecessary fat while also removing sagging skin if needed. Like the upper eyelid blepharoplasty, this surgery can be performed either in the operating room or as a minimally invasive, in-office procedure called Band Aid Lower Eyelid Surgery.
Dark Circles under the Eyes
If you have the opposite problem, in which the area under your eyes looks sunken and darker, there are multiple non-surgical improvements you may be a candidate for. One option may be dermal filler injections like Restylane®. When carefully injected, this filler can plump up the area beneath the eyes, reducing the shadows and dark circles. Another potential solution is Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing, which uses tiny columns of laser light to help your body produce more collagen, the volumizing and firming protein that gives your skin a youthful look.
Another common effect aging has is causing the skin above your eyes to sag, giving your upper eyelids a “hooded” look and often making you look less rested and cheerful than you actually are. This issue can be corrected with either a traditional upper eyelid surgery (also called upper eyelid blepharoplasty) in the operating room or Band Aid Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty. Like my other Band Aid procedures, Band Aid Upper Eyelid Surgery is performed right in my office with gentle numbing, resulting in natural-looking results, less recovery time, and lower costs than a more comprehensive surgery. In both versions of upper eyelid blepharoplasty, the excess skin is removed while the incisions are concealed within the natural folds of the upper eyelid.
While any of the options above can be highly effective ways to rejuvenate your eyes, the key is working with a trusted board-certified plastic surgeon to determine which procedure (or which combination of procedures) can provide the best results for your specific needs. To start working toward becoming your most confident and beautiful self, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John LeRoy. Or, for more helpful information and plastic surgery tips, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.