Dr. Patti Flint

Facial Rejuvenation for your Eyes

“The eyes are the windows to the soul,” is a popular quote by Peng Liyuan. That may be true, but the eyes are also the windows to your true age.

Many patients who come to me to discuss facial rejuvenation concentrate almost entirely on their neck and jowls. However, so many signs of aging appear in and around the eyes. By addressing the upper as well as the lower half of your face, we can achieve a more comprehensive, natural and harmonious result.

Let’s take a look at five ways we can improve your eye area.

Botox for Crow’s Feet

Creases around the eyes that become especially pronounced when you smile can give your age away. BOTOX injections relax the muscles around the corners of your eyes. The result can be especially striking when you smile or laugh.

BOTOX is also the best treatment for short vertical lines appearing between the eyebrows. These “frown lines” can make you appear angry or unapproachable, even when you are feeling relaxed and happy.

Dermal Fillers for sunken areas

Dark circles under your eyes caused by loss of volume can make you look tired or unwell. It’s natural to lose volume in the face as we age and collagen production diminishes. The best remedy for this is a dermal filler like Volbella. If the dark circles are caused by shadows created by skin laxity, that can be corrected with eyelid lift surgery.

Eyelid lift to remove excess skin

The official name for eyelid lift surgery is blepharoplasty. Excess skin on the eyelids can make you look older, more tired, and may even interfere with your vision. During this procedure, I remove excess skin from the upper eyelids to correct drooping.

Eyelid lift surgery takes about 90 minutes, but is often performed in conjunction with another procedure, such as a facelift, brow lift or cheek surgery. Incisions are hidden in the natural creases of your eyelids, so no scarring is visible. Blepharoplasty can make a huge difference in helping your overall appearance look younger, more approachable, and more refreshed.

Brow lift to create space

Sometimes unwelcome changes in the eye area have to do with gravity’s effect on the brow. Over time, as skin and soft tissues in the face lose elasticity, the distance between the eyebrows and eyes shortens, and this lower position of the brows can make you look angry, sad, or tired. A malpositioned brow can also contribute to sagging upper eyelids, making a combo brow lift/eyelid surgery a great option. You’ll be surprised what a difference a few millimeters makes when it comes to beauty proportions. Raising the brow a little has a huge impact.

Skin resurfacing for fine lines

I can do great work with the tissues under your skin, but if the quality of your skin is poor, your end result will suffer.

The skin around the eyes is particularly delicate and prone to wrinkling. I recommend non-surgical procedures and SkinCeuticals skin care products that will minimize fine lines and keep skin hydrated and radiant-looking. Chemical peels, laser resurfacing, and the right skin care regimen is the trick to removing dead skin cells, promoting collagen production, and keeping skin healthy for the long term.

As always, when it comes to beauty, I’m a proponent of natural-looking results. If you are concerned about age-related changes to your eye area or any area of your face, I encourage you to book a consultation so we can address your concerns and make a plan together. Do it for you.

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