Eye-Enhancing Tips and Tricks
By Allison Schmidt
If the eyes are the windows to the soul, we want to keep them in tip-top shape right? No one wants their soul-windows to have wrinkly droopy curtains and look like they’re in desperate need of a dusting.
Depending on lifestyle and other factors, the eyes can be one of the first places to show signs of aging. Because I want to stave off wrinkles and any signs of skin aging as much as possible, I apply sunscreen daily and I’ve started working on my anti-aging skincare routine, which includes a reliable and effective eye cream.
But, a preventative anti-aging skincare routine isn’t always enough to keep your eye area looking as youthful as possible. When you want to take bigger steps towards enhancing your eye area, there are lots of different treatments to consider.
Dipping your toes into the eye enhancement pool could be something as simple as lash extensions or eyelash growth serum. Typically done in a salon, eyelash extensions are lash-like extensions applied to individual lashes with eye-safe glue.
They aren’t permanent, so lash extensions need to be redone once every four to six weeks depending on how well they have held up. When you get lash extensions, your technician will give you care instructions that usually involve not using oils near the lashes and not rubbing your eyes. Many people love lash extensions for their natural look.
One of my friends swears by them. To her, they are the easiest way to continuously make her eyes pop, which provides a more youthful appearance. She sometimes wears mascara and eyeshadow, but feels it’s a bit of a pain to apply daily, which is why she likes the effortlessness of the extended lashes, which are longer and darker and effectively make it look as if she’s applied makeup flawlessly.
You can also enhance your natural lashes with an eyelash growth serum like Latisse or Revitalash, which help grow the lashes longer in a fairly short period of time.
When it comes to crow’s feet – those pesky wrinkles on the sides of the eyes that become more pronounced the older you get, consider visiting a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your treatment options. I had a chance to ask Dr. James C. Grotting, board-certified plastic surgeon in Birmingham, Alabama, about tackling them.
“The first line treatment for crow’s feet is the injection of a neuromodulator such as Botox or Dysport. It is very predictably effective and will raise the tail of the brow. It needs to be repeated every 4-6 months.”
Dr. Grotting also said that Botox can be used as a preventative measure. “Botox or Dysport may, in fact, prevent or delay the deep etched-in crow’s feet lines from forming in the first place. It is also possible to interrupt the muscle in the area of the crow’s feet surgically which will have the same effect.” So if you want to get ahead of the aging effects of crow’s feet, Botox may be a good option for you.
As a genetic sufferer of puffy under-eye bags, this eye enhancement is particularly intriguing to me. “Prominent under-eye bags usually require surgery. The good news is that it’s a one-and-done procedure. Once you do it, you never have to have it done again. Basically, the fat is removed through a small incision under the eyelid and the area is smoothed out, providing a much more youthful and less tired appearance,” he explains.
“If the bags are not so large, it is also possible to improve the overall appearance by using a filler like Juvederm, Restylane or Belatero to smooth the area out.” The filler would be applied in the “tear trough” (where the puffiness from the eye bag meets the non-puffy skin) to create a more even look.
If, instead of under-eye puffiness, it’s wrinkles or crepey skin that you’re contending with, there are other treatments. Per Dr. Grotting, crepey under-eye skin can be improved with lasers or chemical peels. Skincare in this area is essential too, including the use of Retin-A to maintain a smooth appearance.”
As we age, the brow can start to droop. Unfortunately, Dr. Grotting says this may be inevitable for some. It’s usually a genetic component that comes into play. Dr. Grotting says that a full brow lift isn’t usually necessary for most people and that for many, the brow shape is more important than the position itself. The outer ‘tail’ of the brow should be higher than the inner brow which should be low. It should peak at about two-thirds of the length of the brow.
Dr. Grotting suggests that instead of a full brow lift, to try a ‘brow tilt’ instead. A brow tilt elevates just the tail portion of the brow, enhancing and lifting the shape. “This can be accomplished in many patients with fat grafting or fillers beneath the tail of brow area,” he explains.
No matter what your eye area concern, a board-certified plastic surgeon can assist you in enhancing your overall look and providing you with a well-rested youthful appearance. To find a surgeon in your area, use the Find A Surgeon search tool