Eye Spy: 3 Ways to Un-Age Your Peepers
If your shut-in winter status has left you with even more time to fixate on the ravages that Father Time is inflicting on you, you may have noticed that your eyes — once merely the windows to your soul — are now a reflection of the true digits on your driver’s license.
Your facial structure, genetics, the damage done from years of sun exposure and a too-lax skincare regimen all play a part in how the eye area ages. Fine lines and wrinkles, discoloration undereye baggage, and drooping eyelids are all common symptoms of eyes that may be giving away more info (read: your age) than you necessarily want them too. And since we here at Smart Beauty Guide aren’t known for taking this aging business lying down, we’re going to focus today’s blog on three ways to eliminate some of the signs of aging around your peepers.
The first step is for those of you who are just starting to see evidence of aging around the delicate eye area, and it is simple prevention: invest in eye cream. Not just any eye cream, mind you. You need a souped up product to help encourage your skin’s natural ability to produce hyaluronic acid, reduce dark circles and puffiness, and prevent fine lines and wrinkles. A personal favorite is Revision Skincare Teamine Eye Complex, but there are many high-performance eye creams and serums available to help the delicate skin around your eyes fight the good fight. A little research and a chat with your board-certified plastic surgeon may help you find the right product for you.
Those of you in the more advanced stages of “oh-my-god-what’s-happening-to-my-eyes” might benefit from the many advances in non-invasive cosmetic procedures. For instance, did you know that well-placed injections of Botox or Dysport can help relax the muscles that cause crows feet, making wrinkles around your eyes less pronounced? It’s true. Aesthetic plastic surgeons are also using hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm and Restylane to help camouflage under-eye bags by filling in the hollows under the eye, while dark circles can also be improved through the use of chemical peels, IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) and fractional lasers that tighten the under-eye area. Your plastic surgeon can help determine which non-invasive treatments can help make your eyes look younger.
And what of those ladies fighting with a saggy brow or hooded upper-eyelid? Yes, there’s hope there too. Your plastic surgeon might suggest an endoscopic surgical brow lift to correct a sagging brow line and re-establish the shape and placement of the eye. An upper blepharoplasty surgery can also help remove the extra skin of a sagging upper eyelid, tightening the area and opening the eye up.
The truth is, no two (uh… four) eyes age the same, which means that no one procedure or treatment is right for everyone. What’s great about the many advances in cosmetic plastic surgery is that there is help for many of the signs of aging that come creeping around your peepers. So take heart, anti-aging warriors and schedule a chat with a skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon to decide what course of action is best for you.