What are your eyes telling the world? The skin around the eyes is thinner and more delicate than the skin on the rest of the face and other areas of the body. That means it’s more susceptible to the signs of aging, from crepey skin to crinkly lines in the eye area. Some people develop dark circles or hollows and others end up with puffy bags below their eyes.
Whatever sign of aging you’re dealing with in the eye area, there is a cosmetic treatment that helps to minimize it. Your options range from surgery to non-surgical injections. Some at-home maintenance can also help reduce the signs of aging in the eye area.
If people often tell you that you look tired, blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, might be an option for you. Eyelid surgery can get rid of droopy, excess skin on the upper lids and can help eliminate puffiness or bags from the lower eye area. Whether you have the surgery on both upper or lower lids depends on your needs and what you want to get out of the surgery.
An eyelid lift is usually a quick procedure, requiring about an hour to an hour-and-a-half to complete. You’ll most likely receive either local anesthesia or sedation during it, meaning you won’t be fully asleep. Recovery after the surgery is pretty short, and you might be back at work within a few days to a week.
Botox isn’t just for frown lines or forehead lines. The injectable can also help reduce the appearance of crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes.
Crow’s feet typically form after years and years of laughing, crying, or squinting. They get their name because they look like little birds’ feet at the corners of the eyes. Reducing the amount you squint or move your eyes can help keep the lines from forming, but for many people, doing that is pretty much impossible. Botox helps to minimize the appearance of lines created by muscle movements by temporarily blocking the nerve signals that reach those muscles.
You’ll still be able to open and close your eyes and make facial expressions after Botox. But the subtle movements that contribute to crow’s feet will be blocked, so the lines will fade away a few days after the injection. Usually, the results last for a few months, before the Botox wears off. If you like your results, you can repeat the injections to keep your crow’s feet from returning.
Under Eye Fillers
As you get older, you lose fat and volume from the face. For some people, a loss of volume from the under eye area can create a hollow-eyed look or make dark circles more prominent. Restoring some of the volume lost from the under eye area can help reduce the appearance of dark circles and make the eyes look less hollow.
One way to restore lost volume is to use an injectable filler. You have a few options when it comes to the type of filler that can help reduce dark circles and hollowness. Some are made from hyaluronic acid while others are made from a synthetic material, polylactic acid. Which injection is best for you depends on a number of factors, including how long you’d like the results to last. Your surgeon can help you choose the most appropriate option for your needs.
Although specific cosmetic treatments can be helpful when it comes to reducing or minimizing the signs of aging by the eyes, don’t discount the value of an ounce of prevention. Using eye cream at home can help keep the skin around the eyes moisturized. Depending on the ingredients they contain, some eye creams can help minimize wrinkles or help to thicken the skin, so that dark circles are less prominent.
Need help deciding which treatment for the eye area is right for you? Speak with a board certified facial plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Michael Schwartz in West Palm Beach, Florida, today. Dr. Schwartz specializes in many facial procedures and can help you decide if the surgery or another cosmetic treatment is right for you. To schedule your appointment, call 561-655-5562 today.