Our eyes may be the windows to our soul, but they are also the area that can age the fastest. Thankfully, the eye area is also one of the easiest places to reverse the signs of aging, including damage done by the sun and years of squinting, laughing, etc. As we age, we develop wrinkles around our eyes, bags under the eyes, droopy upper eyelid skin, and our eyelashes and eyebrows start to disappear. These are some of the common complaints that we hear from our patients. Here are 5 of the issues we have with our eyes as we age, as well as some procedures to consider to help achieve younger-looking eyes.
1. Wrinkles Around the Eyes
Wrinkles around the eyes (referred to as Crow’s Feet, if we have them) and laugh lines (as we begin to accept them) are fairly easy to treat. If you’ve tried over-the-counter creams and haven’t had any success, there are several treatment methods you can consider. Some of the recommended treatments include the neuromodulators Botox,© Xeomin©, and Dysport©. The neurotoxins or neuromodulators inhibit the muscle action around the eyes, which can make a big difference in the development of wrinkles.
We all love to smile or laugh, but when we do, the muscles around our eyes scrunch up the skin causing wrinkles that become more permanent over time. By inhibiting the muscle action, our skin does not “scrunch” when we smile, and that prevents wrinkles from forming in the first place. Don’t worry; you can still smile after treatment with a neuromodulator, and when done correctly, it should look completely natural.
2. Bags Under the Eyes
You can help the bags under your eyes look better by having a filler placed below and lateral to the bag, which will hide it. If you elect to have this procedure done, resist the urge to have filler placed too medially and high up because this can look puffy. You might also find that sometimes the filler will cast a blue-grey shadow, which will exacerbate the problem. As with many cosmetic procedures, keep in mind that only a very experienced doctor should place filler around the eyes!
3. Overhanging Upper Eyelids
The droopy excess upper eyelid skin can be surgically removed under local anesthesia in a physician’s office. After carefully measuring and drawing where the incisions should be made, the skin can be removed by using an electric needle to cut away the excess eyelid skin. Once the excess skin has been removed, the edges of the remaining skin are sewn together. After the procedure, the stitches will stay in place for a week, and eye makeup cannot be worn for two weeks.
Common side effects include swelling and bruising. Fortunately, the scar from eyelid surgery is typically hidden in the crease of the eyelid, so it’s not very noticeable. This procedure is quite beneficial to the anti-aging process because lifting the curtains off your eyes makes you look more alert and less tired. This procedure for younger-looking eyes is referred to as a blepharoplasty.
4. No Eyelashes
As we get older, our eyelashes tend to thin and grow shorter. You might have tried lengthening mascaras or false eyelashes, but if you haven’t found that these have brought you the results that you want, you should consider speaking with your dermatologist. One treatment they might recommend is Latisse©.
Latisse is an FDA-approved eyelash treatment that thickens and lengthens your eyelashes and eyebrows, and, yes, it really works. It is made by Allergan, and in some states, you need a prescription from your dermatologist or another physician to buy it at a pharmacy. In other states, it is sold over the counter at the doctor’s office. Common side effects include itchy eyes and or redness.
5. Stop the Damage
When taking care of your eyes, make sure to use products (eye makeup remover or moisturizer) that are gentle on the delicate skin in this area. Albolene is an excellent old-fashioned makeup remover that is gentle to the eyes and adds moisture. It is also easy on the pocketbook, so that you can afford your Botox! Of course, make sure you apply sunscreen every day and wear sunglasses and a quality sunhat when you are outside. These simple steps will help protect your skincare investment as well as help you prevent new wrinkles while keeping your eyes youthful.
Bonus tip: Next time you get your hair colored, ask your stylist to put some color on your eyebrows too!