When’s the last time a coworker, friend, or family member helpfully advised, you look tired? While we all appreciate a little loving concern, aging and tired eyes can be an unwelcome sight in the mirror especially after a refreshing eight hours. Under eye bags, crow’s feet, and a heavy brow are the main causes (check out our complete guide to Aging & Tired Eye Concerns). These concerns are common among men and women of all ages, and, fortunately, numerous surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation and corrective procedures exist.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reported blepharoplasty (a.k.a. eyelid surgery) was one of the top five cosmetic procedures of 2018 with over 200,000 operations performed. Blepharoplasty procedures, brow lifts, and injectables (like dermal fillers or Botox®) can be used by men and women to restore a youthful, toned, and refreshed appearing eye and brow.
Who may consider cosmetic procedures to rejuvenate the eye area?
Men and women of all ages may experience concerns relating to their eye appearance. Both genetics and aging can cause considerable changes to the eye area. Three main sub categories exist to classify these concerns:
- Under Eye Bags : The dreaded dark circles just below the lower eyelid. These can be temporarily caused by stress, poor sleep, and diet in younger individuals. In older people, collagen loss and thinning of the skin lead to the permanent appearance of under eye bags. As we age, the naturally sensitive skin and delicate skin of the under eye thins making the fine blood vessels beneath the skin visible, which causes dark shadows and under eye puffiness.
- Crow’s Feet : The fine lines on the outer corners of eyes where the eyelids meet (the lateral canthi). They are usually caused by collagen breakdown and the cumulative effects of daily use.
- Heavy Brow: Excessive prominence of the superciliary arch (the portion of the frontal bone that creates the brow) leads to a protruding brow appearance. It can be caused by a genetic predisposition (note the brow is naturally more prominent in men than women), or can develop as aging skin and muscle loses tone which leads to sagging.
The Anatomy of the Eye
What can you expect from eye rejuvenation procedures?
Eye rejuvenation procedures can be both surgical and non surgical. An invasive surgical procedure like a blepharoplasty or a brow lift will have more permanent and far reaching results. Temporary, minimally invasive injections are generally less expensive and still effective, but may not provide the same impact.
Surgical Cosmetic Procedures
- Blepharoplasty: The umbrella term to describe surgical corrections to the upper eyelid or lower eyelid. There are numerous surgical approaches to these procedures dependent on a candidate’s unique needs.
- Brow Lift: Is the process of correcting a heavy brow by altering internal musculature and skin positioning.
Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures
- Neurotoxin Injections: Botox®, Dysport®, Jeuveau®, and Xeomin® act as a temporary muscle paralytic agent to 'freeze' facial muscles (including crow's feet) into the desired smoothness and position.
- Dermal Fillers: Augment the volume of the under eye area to change the overall aesthetic upper third of the face.
Both surgical and non-surgical options will benefit those wishing to alter their eye/brow appearance. A surgical option will be permanent, but invasive, necessitating weeks to months of recovery. A non-surgical option will be temporary and require maintenance, but it will also allow candidates to experiment with aesthetics with minimal recovery.
When should you consider an eye rejuvenation procedure?
In the case of a genetically heavy brow individuals may consider pursuing treatment once they reach adulthood (i.e. finish growing). For those who have noticed under eye bags, crow’s feet, or a heavy brow resulting from aging and use, anytime they are in generally good health and able to accommodate appropriate recovery time is ideal.
Why should you consider procedures to rejuvenate the area around the eye?
As with most cosmetic procedures, the decision to pursue a procedure is a personal choice. Unfortunately home remedies like cold compresses, silk pillowcases, vitamin C, tea bags, eye creams, and eye makeups can only provide temporary solutions. The enhancements to general appearance and personal confidence of an eye procedure, surgical or non-surgical, make pursuing treatments a desirable choice for many candidates.
Lower eyelid blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that can improve the appearance of aging and tired-looking eyes through repositioning of fat, or both skin and fat depending on the approach.
Brow Lift Procedures
A brow lift procedure allows for the surgical correction of a heavy brow improving the appearance of aging and tired-looking eyes and forehead/brow appearance.
Non-Surgical Eye Rejuvenation Procedures
Fillers and injections provide temporary, minimal, invasive solutions for patients with less extensive concerns. Injectables and fillers can address under eye bags, crow’s feet, and a heavy brow. These procedures typically have little to no recovery.
Aging and tired eyes or a furrowed, prominent brow are oftentimes not the most ideal aesthetic. With surgical procedures like blepharoplasty or a brow lift, and less invasive options like fillers or neurotoxin injections, anyone can smooth wrinkles, eliminate dark circles, and relax a heavy, protruding brow. With a cosmetic eye rejuvenation procedure, looking relaxed and refreshed doesn’t have to be an infrequent treat.