When one looks at the face of a woman, the most important aspects are the lips and the eyes. As a matter of fact a significant amount of procedures we do are to enhance the eyes and the lips and make all the rest of the face disappear. Imagine the face being a canvas. Why do we do a facelift? Because the picture has slipped out of the frame.
Getting a Good Cosmetic Result in the Eye Area
Why do we do chemical peels and laser resurfacing? Because the canvas is dirty? We inject lines and wrinkles around the mouth and forehead with Botox and filling materials because they detract from the appearance of the eyes and the lips. Our attention should be pulled to look and see only the eyes and the lips, but especially the eyes.
Sometimes the laxity of the lids have gone so far that the only possible treatment is a blepharoplasty (eye job). But there are many ways to improve the appearance of the eyes before that point is reached. The primary complaints I have heard from my patients is dark circles under the eyes, a groove under the eyes and lines under the eyes and crow’s feet.
Dark circles are due to a number of different factors, but primarily thinning of the skin under the eye due to loss of tissue and gravity pulling the skin and thinning it out so that the muscle can be seen. Additionally, there is leakage from the small blood vessels under the eye releasing compounds that have a dark color.
How to treat dark circles under the eyes?
To treat dark circles the best product has been shown to be a combination of vitamin A and vitamin K such as is contained in the small capsules to apply from International Cosmeceuticals (available here). If there are only lines and depression under the eyes, then an antioxidant cream can be applied to smooth the skin—such as La Peau eye gel (also available here).
There are also minimally invasive procedures that can significantly improve the appearance of the eyes. Botulinum toxin injections can smooth out crow’s feet and in experienced hands can be used under the eyes to improve the skin under the eye. The groove under the eyes can be injected with filling material, but again this takes someone with a great deal of experience and expertise.
It has been said many times that the eyes are the key to the soul, but they are also key to beauty.