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Eye Wrinkles

  • What causes eye wrinkles?
  • How are eye wrinkles treated?
  • When most people hear the words eye wrinkles, they think of those fine (and sometimes, not so fine) wrinkles around the eyes that are commonly called “crow’s feet.” These lines, which in medical textbooks are referred to as periorbital wrinkles, fan out across the skin from the outer corner (lateral canthus) of each eye. Sometimes they extend down across the cheekbones to the sub malor area of the lower cheeks.

    But there are other wrinkles that form in the eye area. Wrinkles can appear on and just below the lower eyelids, giving this sub ocular area a baggy and/or crepe-paper-like appearance. Folds or creases can also develop on the upper eyelids, making the eyes look droopy and tired.

    What causes eye wrinkles?

    When you’re young, eye wrinkles are dynamic—that is, they form when you smile or form other facial expressions, but then disappear when your face is still. As you age, however, the lines become static, or permanent. Like other facial wrinkles, static eye wrinkles result primarily from a loss of collagen and elastin, substances that give skin its youthful fullness and smoothness. Several factors can speed up this process, especially sun damage and smoking.

    How are eye wrinkles treated?

    New advances in dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injectables have made it possible to treat eye wrinkles without invasive surgery. The anti-wrinkle muscle relaxers—products like Botox and Dysport—are used to reduce crow’s feet lines and to lift sagging eyebrows and eyelids by relaxing muscles which contribute to dynamic wrinkles. Dermal fillers are used to replace lost volume under and around the eyes. Sometimes, fillers are also placed in the forehead or temple area to give the skin a lift and smooth out wrinkles around the eyes.

    Fillers and injectables are only temporary measures; you’ll need touch up sessions perhaps once or twice a year, perhaps more frequently. For safe and effective results, always seek the care of a physician highly experienced in the use of these procedures.

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