Are you struggling with any of these eye-related issues?
Dark circles, wrinkles, crepey skin, droopy eyelids, puffiness, crow’s feet, tired appearance, short lashes, flat brows, thinning brows, under-eye “bags”
We’re talking about eyes! I probably get more questions about eyes than any other part of the face or body. They come from male and female patients alike, of every age and every skin color.
What is it about the eyes?
Well, when they’re good, they’re really, really good! There are several components to a beautiful mid-upper face, which mostly centers around the eye. Let’s start with the basics — the anatomy of a beautiful eye for a woman. They are slightly different for men, but some of the same principles apply.
Things begin to change over time. Our eyes don’t look as bright, or as open; the eye area begins to look more tired and discolored. Multiple small changes occur over time in the eye, brow, and upper cheek area to contribute to the way that we see our eyes in the mirror.
It’s not just about the eyes themselves, of course. The eye area includes the brow, which generally becomes thinner and more flat (less arched) over time; the upper, lower and lateral eyelid skin, which tends to become wrinkled, thinned, and saggy; the upper cheek which tends to become deflated over time; and the lashes which tend to become shorter and more sparse.
While this is what happens in general, you and your eyes are totally unique. Some people struggle more with wrinkles, some more with discoloration and hollowing under the eyes, some with sparse lashes and brows.
Dr. Steele’s Anti-Aging Routine for the Eyes
Personally, I smile with my eyes, so crow’s feet and wrinkles right under my eyes are my problem area (Ultherapy, Botox and Youth Eye from IS Clinical are my solutions). For those who smile with their eyes or squint, wrinkles will tend to be an issue as you get older and those movements start to etch those little lines in.
IS Clinical’s Youth Eye has peptides and antioxidants that hydrate the skin, reduce wrinkles, and minimize discoloration—that’s my daily treatment. Botox is my quarterly treatment, which helps to relax those muscles that make me squeeze my eyes closed, and therefore, it minimizes my wrinkles. I still look like me and smile just as big, just not so wrinkly!
Lastly, Ultherapy is my every-few-years treatment, it delivers ultrasound energy to the deepest layers of skin to tighten and lift the skin around (above, below, lateral to) the eyes—it’s therapeutic and preventative! It helps to counteract and correct the sagging and drooping that tends to happen as we get older.
Below I have explained the causes of 6 of my patient’s top eye-related concerns, and the best solutions for each one.
1. Dark Circles
Almost everyone gets these to some degree and it’s not just a matter of getting enough sleep. There’s a lot going on—first, the skin gets thinner over time and there is loss of the underlying collagen as we get older, which means that it gets wrinkly easily, shows everything, and looks more sunken in. That makes it look darker, even if it’s not really darker.
Best Solutions for Dark Circles:
- Daily Eye Cream: I like Teamine by Revision or Youth Eye by IS Clinical, which help with actual discoloration and building collagen under the skin.
- Yearly Fillers: a small amount of a hyaluronic acid filler like Juvederm, Restylane, or Belotero can replace collagen that has been lost.
2. Crow’s Feet
They can be lateral to the eye, but also tend to occur under the eye. I have this issue, and it can best be addressed with my personal treatment regimen above.
3. Crepey and Loose Skin
Skin, in general, becomes thinner, less elastic, and more crepey over time. It is especially obvious around the eyes.
Best Solutions for Crepey, Loose Skin:
- Daily Eye Cream: such as IS Clinical Youth Eye, to strengthen the skin and promote collagen rebuilding.
- Daily Sunscreen (and Sunglasses): a lot of weakening and thinning of the skin everywhere is due to UV damage from the sun, so don’t forgot to protect the eye like every other area of skin.
- Ultherapy Every Few Years: this treatment uses ultrasound energy to penetrate the deep layers of skin and stimulate remarkable collagen generation. It’s proven to be an amazing treatment for the under-eye area! Adding the most superficial treatment setting to the treatment really targets the loose skin and wrinkles.
4. Brow Issues
No two brows are the same, so no matter what the trends, you won’t be able to have someone else’s brow. However, there are ways to make your brows the best they can be! A nice lifted brow with an elevation of the tail end is feminine and youthful, but over time and sometimes just genetically your brow shape may become flat and overall, the brow may lower.
Best Solutions for Low, Droopy Brows:
- Daily DEJ Eye Cream from Revision: it helps keep the skin immediately under the brow taught and firm, allowing the brow to remain elevated.
- Quarterly Botox Treatments: this is a very effective way to shape the brow by relaxing the muscles that pull the brow down in certain areas (quarterly treatment). Be careful though, an non-expert injector may not place Botox in the right areas to give the most attractive result! Inappropriate Botox injection can drop or flatten the brow making the problem worse!
- Ultherapy: FDA-approved to lift and tighten the brow, this treatment works well in conjunction with Botox. I can shape the brow with Botox and lift the brow with Ultherapy.
5. Tired Appearance
Everyone sees themselves looking tired in the eye area, but often it’s more than that. In addition to the under-eye area becoming sunken, when this extends to the upper and lateral cheek, it’s when we really feel look tired! One of the best things that I can do for tired eyes is rejuvenate the cheeks. Often when people are saying it’s their eyes…it’s really their cheeks. I use my own cheek before and after to show the difference it can make!
Best Solutions for Tired Appearance:
- Yearly Fillers: opt for the newest hyaluronic acid fillers like Voluma or Restylane Lift, get these once every 1-2 years. The cheeks lose volume gradually and by the time it starts to bother you, you’ve likely lost at least 30-50% of your cheek’s volume! Revolumizing the cheeks simply restores the volume that you used to have in younger days and giving you a more refreshed, youthful appearance.
6. Short, Sparse Lashes
Latisse! Latisse is FDA approved to grow longer, fuller and darker lashes. Who doesn’t want that? It works for everyone and all you have to do is put it on once a day.
Join us on October 20th for a Party for the Eyes!
I hope this post has helped you better understand some of the causes of and treatments for common eye-related concerns.
Because everyone’s situation is unique, the best way to know which treatments are right for you is to make an appointment for a skin consultation.
We’re excited to announce that on October 20th you can come to the Steele Dermatology office and receive a skin consultation and treatment plan – completely free!
We will also give you more information on your treatment options (eye creams, lasers, Ultherapy, fillers, botox, etc.), plus a product sample bag filled with goodies to kick start your eye care regimen!
Spots are limited, so RSVP to confirm your attendance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can’t wait to see you there! 🙂