The eyes are the window to our soul. None of us like to see this important facial feature show wrinkles and crow’s feet, early signs of facial aging. This midface region is our most readily identifiable facial feature. Unfortunately, facial aging changes start first in the skin around our eyes.
What Causes Eye Wrinkles?
o Thin Eyelid Skin-the skin of our eyelids is the thinnest skin on our face and is most susceptible to sun damage and aging changes.
o Eyelid Muscle Action- Because the skin of the lid is so thin, it is easily deformed by the underlying muscle, the Orbicularis Oculi. When this muscle contacts it pulls this skin into folds. As the skin ages and looses collagen, these folds and lines become permanent.
o Sun Exposure-The upper portion of our face, the forehead, eyes and cheeks get the most sun exposure of any area of the body. UV radiation from the sun destroys collagen in the skin and causes aging changes.
How Do We Remove Eye Wrinkles and Crow’s Feet?
o Quiet the Muscle Pull -Botox(TM) is truly a miracle drug for treating aging changes around the eye. Botox(TM) weakens the muscles of facial expression, allows the muscle to relax, and results in the disappearance of the lines and folds caused by the muscle pull. Small amounts work very well and are safe to use on the cheek.
o Resurface or Remove Sun Damaged, Aged Skin-New fractional laser resurfacing can be done on the peri-ocular (around the eyes) skin to remove wrinkles and sun damaged skin. Newer fractional Erbium laser resurfacing results in much quicker recovery-5-7 days, than older CO2 laser resurfacing which often took 3 weeks to heal. Eye protection is required during treatment.
o Non-ablative fractional Laser resurfacing-Non-ablative Erbium Laser treatments do not peel the skin so there is minimal recovery time. These techniques can be uses in the crow’s feet area but not on the eyelid. Eye protection and 4 treatments 3-4 weeks apart are required.
Non-surgical methods are the Best for these Skin Changes
The plastic surgery operation called a blepharoplasty does not remove eye wrinkles. Blepharoplasty does remove puffiness and bags and dark circles under the eyes. But the skin aging changes described earlier are not corrected with Blepharoplasty. The non-surgical methods including Botox(TM) and laser resurfacing or a chemical peel are necessary to correct skin aging changes of the eyelid skin.
Prevention is the best cure! Wear sun block, UV protection sun glasses and a visor or hat when out in the sun-especially at the beach or near the water, at high altitudes, and around the snow.
If you see crow’s feet start with Botox(TM), you will see immediate results. Lines that Botox(TM) does not remove can be removed with the fractional Erbium laser.
Find an Experienced Professional
Be sure to consult a board certified plastic surgeon who is experienced specifically in eyelid rejuvenation. I suggest consulting two doctors before you choose, trust your “gut feeling” about who you can trust with your delicate and oh so important eyes.