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Eye Rejuvenation

The eye area is often one of the first regions of the face to show signs of aging, primarily due to the delicate and thin skin that surrounds the eyes. This skin is more susceptible to external factors such as sun exposure, and internal factors like muscle movement, collagen degradation, and fat redistribution, all of which contribute to the visible signs of aging.

The eyebrow region is one of the first areas of the face that is important for expression and emotion. Aging in the eyebrow region appears as reduced volume of bone, fat, collagen, and muscle which can result in a hollowed appearance. In addition, texture changes, and decreased elasticity lead to downward sagging brows that impart a tired, sad, or sunken look.

Eye rejuvenation refers to a variety of non-surgical, surgical, and cosmetic procedures designed to improve the appearance of the eye area, including both the upper and lower eyelids as well as the surrounding skin and the eyebrows. The goal is to restore a youthful and refreshed appearance.

Upper Eye Rejuvenation

As we age the delicate upper eyelid skin can stretch and sag due to a loss of skin elasticity and weakened upper eyelid muscles. This allows the heavy excess skin to droop and can also cause the eyebrows to sag.  Eyebrow rejuvenation is an important part of upper eye rejuvenation.

Upper eye rejuvenation treatment options:

  • Nonablative Laser Resurfacing is a nonsurgical option that involves the use of laser energy to remove the outer layers of skin, thereby promoting the growth of new, smoother skin. This can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles on the upper eyelids.
  • Laser light energy can treat skin laxity and textural changes and stimulate collagen production for a smoothing and plumping effect.
  • Radiofrequency microneedling can be used to treat pigment changes and stimulate collagen production to improve tone, texture, and laxity.
  • Botulinum Toxin Injections (Botox) are not a solution for excess skin. Botox injections can temporarily reduce the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes by relaxing the surrounding muscles. However, its effects are temporary and repeated treatments are required for sustained results.
  • A chemical solution may be applied to the upper eyelid area to exfoliate the top layers of skin, encouraging the growth of new, more youthful-looking skin. This technique may help with mild wrinkling or discoloration.
  • Although less common for the upper eyelids compared to the lower eyelids, dermal fillers may be used to address hollowing or volume loss, depending on the specific needs and anatomy of the patient.
  • Various creams, lotions, and serums containing ingredients like retinoids or peptides may offer more subtle improvements in the appearance of aging upper eyelids, though these are generally less effective than more invasive procedures.

Lower Eyelid Rejuvenation

During youth there is a smooth juncture between the bottom of the eye and the cheek. Aging lower eyelids result from loose skin and wrinkles, uneven texture, collagen depletion, diminished fat pads, dark circles, festoons, undereye hollows and bags.

Lower eyelid rejuvenation treatment options:

  • Injectable fillers like hyaluronic acid can be used to fill hollows and reduce the appearance of dark circles under the eyes. This is a minimally invasive procedure that offers temporary results.
  • Laser Resurfacing using high-energy laser beams removes the surface layers of the skin, and stimulates collagen production leading to tighter, smoother skin. This can be effective in treating fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Chemical Peels involve applying a chemical solution to the lower eyelid area to exfoliate and remove the outermost layers of the skin, encouraging the growth of new skin cells.
  • Radiofrequency microneedling involves using fine needles to create micro-injuries in the skin, triggering the body’s natural healing process and promoting collagen production to improve tone, texture, and laxity.
  • Topical treatments including creams and serums containing active ingredients like retinoids, peptides, or hyaluronic acid may offer subtle improvements in skin texture and elasticity, although these are generally less effective than more invasive options.
  • Although less commonly used for the lower eyelids, Botox can sometimes be applied to relax the muscles around the eye area, reducing the appearance of fine lines.

Combination Therapies

In many cases, Dr. Rains may recommend a combination of these treatments to achieve the best results. The choice of procedure often depends on the specific issues to be addressed, the patient’s medical history, and their aesthetic goals.

If you feel that your skin is looking tired and aged, please contact Dr. Michael Rains a board-certified dermatologist with the experience and expertise to provide you with all your options to rejuvenate and refresh your appearance. Contact him at Beacon Dermatology in Asheville, North Carolina.

Dr. Rains is a board-certified dermatologist and the founder of Beacon Dermatology in Asheville, North Carolina. His approach to aesthetic and dermatologic treatments is holistically focused on revealing and enhancing a patient’s natural beauty. Dr. Rains is known for his caring and compassionate approach to medicine, listening to patients’ concerns and goals and ensuring they receive excellent care and education to ensure that they can make informed decisions about their treatments.

At a Glance

Michael Rains, MD, FAAD

  • Board certified in dermatology
  • Specializing in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology
  • Author of multiple peer-reviewed publications and previous adjunct faculty at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin
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