The Eyes Have It

By Dr Angela Richardson - Sunday, 1 February 2015

The eyes are what give character and a compelling framework to the face. Hypnotic eyes, mesmerizing eyes, seductive eyes, kind eyes, Bette Davis eyes…all have made their mark on beauty’s history and launched hundreds of love songs.

Unfortunately though, they are often the first area to show signs of accelerated aging and fatigue as the eye area is thinner and more delicate.

The repeated contractions and relaxations of the eye muscles used in movement, squinting, opening and closing of the eye leads to wrinkling. This wrinkling around the eyes is referred to as periorbital.

Crows Feet

Periorbital wrinkles commonly called ‘crows feet’ can be either dynamic, meaning they appear when you move the skin, or static, meaning the wrinkles remain when your facial muscles are not contracted.

Static wrinkles are caused by loss of elasticity to the skin, while dynamic wrinkles are the result of overactive eye muscles. Certain lifestyle actions such as excessive and repeated sun exposure and smoking can further damage the skin and cause premature aging in the periorbital region.

Under-eye Circles

These are the dark shadows that frequently develop as part of the aging process. The muscles and ligaments close to the eye on either side of the bridge of the nose, or the tear trough, can weaken over time.

With its support structure gone, the skin begins to collapse, causing a kind of indentation or "gutter" effect. When the adjacent area becomes puffy, that "gutter" casts a shadow on skin, making it appear as if there is a dark circle.

Treatment Options

Injectable, non invasive procedures can improve aging eyes without the need for surgery.

What we’ve found is that less is more. The days of removing too much skin and fat around the eyes is over. Today we perform the least invasive procedure to achieve the desired look.

Anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers and some types of lasers are most effective in this area followed by an ongoing home treatment of an eye cream, such as the aliangé Rejuvenating Eye Cream

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