Where do you think the first signs of aging (and sun damage) occur? For the vast majority of people, it is around the eyes with many first noticing fine lines and wrinkles as early as their late teens. This is why VIDA offers a variety of options for turning back the clock with various options for treating the delicate skin around the eyes.
Let’s take a look at why the eyes age first and what your options are for avoiding surgery while undoing years of damage.
- This skin is fragile. The skin around the eyes and on the lips is the most fragile that we have. Like anything else that is delicate, this makes it more vulnerable to “assaults” like UV damage and routine crinkling. In fact, that’s why many treatments cannot address the eyes and lips—but at VIDA, led by medical director Dr. Thompson, who trains all staff, we can safely treat this area.
- Eyes are always moving. Even when we’re asleep, our eyes (and, in turn, the skin around our eyes) is moving. This is not a sedentary part of the body, and unfortunately, movements beget laxity, lines, wrinkles, and sagging.
- We don’t usually put sunscreen on this area very well. Sunscreen is an absolute must to safeguard your skin from cancer, but also to avoid sun damage and early signs of aging. Studies have shown that even when participants know they’re being gauged on how well they apply sunscreen, the area around the eyes is routinely missed or does not receive a proper application. Plus, it is suggested that sunscreen get reapplied every 75 minutes, and many people simply can’t keep up with that schedule. Add on the fact that most sunglasses do not provide adequate UV protection, and it’s no wonder why the eyes are left unguarded.
- We can often “traumatize” the eyes. From rubbing our eyes to how we sleep, sometimes we’re the ones causing the most damage to the skin around the eyes. There are a few reasons why eyelids sag (ptosis) and one is simply because the muscles that lift the upper eyelids wear out over time. However, we can also speed up that wear and tear with our daily habits.
Now that you know why the skin around the eyes ages at a faster clip than other skin, let’s talk about how you can undo that damage. In most cases, you don’t need to undergo surgery (blepharoplasty) to achieve a dramatic improvement in laxity, sagging, bags, lines, wrinkles, and dark circles. At VIDA, we offer the following:
- Botox. Yes, Botox can be applied at the corner of the eyes and along the brow for results that are natural-looking. “Baby Botox,” which uses fewer units, is often the secret to using this neuromodulator around the eyes. Botox can both treat and prevent wrinkles, and when applied on the brow it achieves a natural lift.
- Chemical Peels. This treatment removes the top layer(s) of skin to get rid of superficial issues like fine lines while also encouraging collagen production—which will naturally improve laxity in time. Chemical peels are available in light, medium, and deep strengths and the vast majority of people are best suited for light and medium peels. These peels, when expertly applied, can treat much of the skin around the eyes.
- Lasers. Laser skin rejuvenation can include both laser and light-based devices. VIDA is home to one of the largest collections of lasers in the area and we have options suitable for all skin tones and types as well as lasers that can treat small and delicate areas like around the eyes.
These are just a few options for treating wrinkles around the eyes. Also, remember that it’s never too late to upgrade your sunscreen regimen with medical-grade options. At-home skin care is paramount to complementing in-office treatments, so you can achieve a one-two power punch. From treating to preventing wrinkles around the eyes, we have you covered with all of the best, safest, and most effective options. Contact VIDA today to schedule your consultation or appointment by calling the office or filling out the online form now.