Tired and Aging Eye Treatments

Aging is inevitable and it begins to appear first around the eyes. While eyelid and brow lifts provide immediate and significant improvements, many would prefer to lessen these eye flaws without the costs and recovery of an operation.

There are a variety of non-surgical eye treatments combining neurotoxins, fillers, lasers devices and topical products. Which ones are used often follows the age of the person. Those in their 30s and 40s usually just need Botox to control their frowning and squinting wrinkles. Fillers and light and laser treatments are added for those in their 40s and 50s. At age 50 and beyond, surgery is needed to remove extra upper eyelid skin and lower eyelid bags. But these non-surgical treatments are still needed to preserve one’s surgical investment.

Botox is the most known name when it comes to facial wrinkle reduction by injection. But it is not alone as two other injection drugs, Dysport and Xeomin, are also available. While there are some that believe one is better than the other, they all are really comparable. They all take a few days to a week to start working and their effects will last from three to four months. One is not more powerful than the other nor does one cost less. These injections are given by the unit and the cost per unit varies for each one but so does how they are prepared. As such their treatment costs are all about the same.

While Botox is the most common non-surgical eye treatments, injectable fillers can also play a role. Many people will develop shadowing and tear troughs under the lower eyelid, sometimes as early as the late 30s. This can be treated with fillers to plump the area out. While they are over a dozen types of injectable fillers, the hyaluronic acid-based fillers (e.g., Restylane and Juvederm) are preferred. They can be delivered under the thin tissues of the lower eyelids with a low risk of lumps and irregularities.

While eye wrinkles can be held in check with Botox and fillers, they can not reverse certain skin problems. Blood vessels and brown spots can be removed with pulsed light treatments. These are often confused with lasers which they are not. When it comes to improving skin texture  and reducing fine lines and wrinkles, laser resurfacing can provide improvements beyond what an eyelid lift can do.

Topical skin care products complement eye the benefits of injectable and energy treatments. The skin around the eyes is so thin that it responds well to many Vitamin C, retinoid and antioxidant-containing products. A new topical product, Latisse, is great for thinning eyelashes and eyebrows and it works like nothing else. Eyelashes and eyebrows can become one-third longer and thicker in a few months.

While surgery may be needed or inevitable for some, younger and less tired looking eyes may be just a few injections or the wave of a laser wand away.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana