29 Jun Tired of looking tired? There are options for you to consider
If you think you look tired all of the time, you are not alone. Sixty-two percent of members responding to an annual survey conducted by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery stated that eyelid procedures to look less tired are a rising trend. Wrinkles, dark circles, hollowness, and crow’s feet can make you look exhausted when you’re not. Talk to Dr. Edds about the available treatments or procedures that will address your needs.
Wrinkles under your eyes can be treated with creams that contain retinoid (vitamin A) and antioxidants. Retinoid increases cell turnover, which stimulates collagen production. The anti-oxidants help prevent the breakdown of collagen. Another minimally invasive option is light therapy with a non-ablative fractional laser. This targets specific areas and stimulates new collagen production.
Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin may be injected under the skin to paralyze the muscles in the face that pull the skin and cause wrinkles, e.g., crow’s feet or frown lines between the eyebrows.
For dark circles due to pigmentation irregularities, fillers can be injected to plump the area and reduce the appearance of darkness. Injectable fillers also soften wrinkles and make the skin look tighter in areas like the lids, eyebrows, and crow’s feet.
If you have sunken areas or hollowness below the eyes, an autologous fat transfer may be the right treatment for you. A small amount of fat is harvested from your body and then injected beneath the skin and muscle of the cheek and lower eyelid to fill in the area.
In addition to injectable fillers, microdermabrasion can provide a fresh and temporary glow to the crow’s feet area. It uses micronized crystals to remove dead cells to smoothen the area.
A permanent option to revitalize the eye area is eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), which can reduce puffiness, sagging skin, and drooping eyelids. Your surgeon will remove excess fat, muscle, and loose skin, while hiding the incisions in the natural lines and creases of the eyelid. The result is a more wide-eye appearance with smooth, rejuvenated skin. You may need upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery, or both.
Several factors will be considered to determine what cosmetic treatment or procedure is right for you, including age, skin type, ethnic background, and overall health. During your consultation, you will be examined and asked to answer queries regarding your desires and motivation for seeking assistance. You and Dr. Edds will discuss the best plan of action, whether it includes a series of minimally invasive treatments, eyelid surgery, or a combination of procedures. You’ll have that refreshed, younger looking appearance back in no time.