3 of the Best Ways to Rejuvenate Tired or Aging Eyes

  • Posted on: Jun 1 2017
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From a very young age, most people are taught to look people in the eyes during a conversation. It’s an important part of communicating, of connecting with other people. You can tell a lot about someone from their eyes, but sometimes, the appearance of our eyes can lie, adding years to our true age.

Because the skin around our eyes is so delicate and thin, it starts to show signs of aging before the rest of our face. Crow’s feet can develop in our early 30s, and as we get a bit older, we lose subcutaneous fat in our faces, so the eyes can get a hollow, empty look to them. Drooping is another common problem, with many people looking years older than they are because the skin around their eyes is starting to droop down, impairing their vision and giving them a tired, exhausted look. All of these are reasons why people turn to plastic surgery to restore their eyes and give them back their alert, wakeful expression. There are a number of different treatments, some surgical, some not, that can really make a difference in rejuvenating your tired or aging eyes.


Everyone’s heard of Botox and there have been endless jokes made about the procedure. People say that it completely freezes your face, you won’t be able to change your expression, etc. Well, the joke is on them because Botox is one of the safest and most reliable cosmetic procedures in the plastic surgeon’s toolbox today. With it, wrinkles around the eyes can be minimized with just a few injections.

By injecting a tiny, safe amount of a neurotoxin directly into the twitch muscles around the eyes and forehead that cause crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles, we can temporarily paralyze them for a few months. Once these tiny muscles stop constantly moving, the skin above them starts to relax and smooth out, and the wrinkles will fade away. The procedure is very quick, with absolutely no recovery time. You get it done and minutes later, you walk out of your plastic surgeon’s office, simple as that. As for your expression, it only relaxes specific muscles around your eyes. You might temporarily lose some movement, but Botox in no way, shape or form freezes your face.

You should keep in mind that this is not a long-lasting treatment. Botox can give you fantastic results, but they will only last for around three or four months. After that, your crow’s feet will begin to return and you will have to get another round of Botox done.


Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

As we age, the delicate skin around our eyes starts to sag and hang. For some people, this sagging skin can actually impair their vision. The solution is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the world, blepharoplasty (or eyelid surgery).

Blepharoplasty is also known as an eyelid lift, but this isn’t quite what happens during the procedure, as there is no real “lift” (as there is with a neck or facelift). There are two kinds of this procedure: an upper blepharoplasty, which focuses on removing excess skin while also tightening heavy-looking eyelids and minimizing puffiness; and a lower blepharoplasty, which focuses on removing excess skin along with adding or removing fat to improve the contour of the eyes.

Both of these procedures are usually done one after the other and, although they are surgical procedures, they leave very little to no scaring. Any scars are usually hidden by the natural folds of the eyes. You should know that there is a short recovery time associated with the procedure, anywhere from one to two weeks.


Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers can be fantastic to combat two of the most noticeable signs of aging around the eyes: heavy bags under them, and a hollow look around them.

As we age, we lose subcutaneous fat in our faces. This fat is what gives our face volume and a youthful appearance. Once that fat is gone, the usual bags under the eyes can start to become darker and heavier, and the area around the eyes can start to look hollowed and empty.

Dermal fillers can be used to fill in these areas and restore the loss of volume in the face. Your plastic surgeon injects the fillers under and around your eyes, carefully sculpting the area and giving it a much smoother, fuller appearance. Done properly, dermal fillers can take years off your appearance, restoring that youthful look around your eyes that you miss.

There are many different kinds of dermal fillers out there, each having their own advantages. Talk to your plastic surgeon about which dermal filler would be best to help with your eyes, as well as other places in the face where volume could be restored. You may also want to consider getting Botox in conjunction with dermal fillers, as they tend to be cosmetic procedures that complement each other.


Any of these cosmetic procedures can drastically improve the appearance of your eyes. Once those wrinkles have faded away, the excess skin is removed and the volume under the skin is restored, you might be amazed at just how much younger you look. If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then there is nothing wrong with doing a little repair job on them every now and then! 

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