Signs of aging around the eyes are one of the most common concerns that bring patients to see a plastic surgeon. Whether you are bothered by “crow’s feet,” droopy upper eyelids, or under-eye bags and discoloration, there are a variety of minimally invasive and surgical means to address your concerns.
Women tend to come in earlier in the aging process when minimally invasive procedures are more likely to be beneficial. Since men age differently than women and tend to come in for consults at a later age, they are more likely to require surgical correction.
Botox injections can address the wrinkles at the outer aspects of the eyes, “crow’s feet,” by relaxing the underlying muscle. This creates a smoother appearance to the skin, often eliminating the wrinkles altogether.
For hollowing of the under-eyes, fillers such as Juvederm and Voluma can be used to smooth the transition between the eyelid and the cheek, restoring a more youthful appearance.
For fine wrinkles and discoloration of the under-eye area, chemical peels, when done periodically, can tighten and lighten the underlying skin, greatly improving the fine lines and dark circles that many patients dislike.
When there is significant skin laxity of the upper eyelids and or bags of the lower eyelids, surgical correction is often necessary. The procedure involves removing extra skin of the eyelids as well as some of the deep fat that causes the unattractive puffiness (bags). Healing is rapid and patient satisfaction is quite high.
The finishing touch to beautiful eyelids is stunning eyelashes. Latisse is a topical medication that causes the eyelashes to become darker, thicker, and substantially longer in just a few weeks. Often surgery, in combination with a variety of the treatments noted above, can provide the ultimate in eyelid rejuvenation.