Eyes reflect our mind and soul and it is very important that they always remain healthy and look beautiful.
Ocular Aesthetics, a branch of ophthalmology, offers procedures that can be done around your eyes to give you a more supple, young and refreshed look.
The services offered by this speciality are vital not only for enhanced appearance of your eyes but may also play an important role in the functioning of the eyes.
Areas that can be treated cosmetically around the eyes
- Wrinkles and Expression lines around the Eyes: This includes the forehead lines, frown lines (area between the eyes), crow’s feet (wrinkles and fine lines that form around the outer corners of the eyes), glabella region (skin between the eyebrows and above the nose), under eye lines and bunny lines that get formed either due to age or due to repeated facial expressions.
- Eye Bags: These form either due to collection of fluid or fat in the tissue beneath the lower lid or due to increased downward pressure created by drooping eyebrows around the upper eyelids. This pressure creates a bulging pocket around the upper lid and corners of the eyes.
- Dark Circles: They are partially the result of blood pooling in the veins underneath the thin under-eye skin. These can become worse by a variety of factors, including allergies, fatigue and age to give you a tired look.
Aesthetic procedures for Eyes
Many types of treatment can be offered to patients who are not satisfied with the appearance of their eyes. The options range from the injectables to surgeries that can be performed for enhancing the aesthetics of the eyes.
Botox has been used extensively in the past to treat strabismus (squint) and blepharospasm (twitch of the eyelid) but now, it is being used for cosmetic procedures too.
It helps in treating wrinkles and expression lines around the eyes by relaxing the muscles. Botox is injected into specific target muscles to limit their movement and thereby soften the lines.
Botox is also being used for treating a variety of eye conditions, including eyelid spasms (to limit the overacting blinking) and eye muscle disorders.
This treatment takes a few days to show improvement in wrinkles, but will wear off within 3-4 months. So, repeat injections may be required.
Dermal fillers are also injectables suited for reducing static wrinkles or wrinkles that are present when the face is at rest. They are best suited for under eye dark circles and tired looking eyes. Hence, tear trough or under eye hollows are the most popular area opted for fillers. It helps fill in the volume deficits and contour changes between the eyelids and the cheeks.
This non-surgical cosmetic option works by blocking muscle contractions under the skin. It offers a wide range of procedure that require softening of lines, creases and wrinkles. It enhances shallow facial contours, improving the appearance of post-surgery scars and restoring volume and fullness in the face.
Moreover, fillers give an added advantage of immediate results that may last from 12 to 16 months, depending on the area treated and also it varies from person to person.
Cosmetic eye surgery is designed to improve the appearance of your eyes, primarily to reduce signs of aging. In most cases, the surgery is performed on the eyelids and/or surrounding tissues, not the eyes.
Blepharoplasty (treatment of eyelid tissue)
Blepharoplasty solves both functional and cosmetic problems of the Periorbita (area from the eyebrow to the upper portion of the cheek). The surgery corrects defects, deformities, and disfigurations of the eyelids by eliminating excess skin, muscles and fat from the eyelid(s).
The surgery is most suited for drooping upper or lower eyelids.
Lower eyelid blepharoplasty is usually more cosmetic in nature to reduce excess skin and fatty deposits that give a puffy appearance to the eyes, improve tired-looking eyes or eye bags and improve wrinkles.
While, upper eyelid blepharoplasty is more commonly done to address droopy and lax skin.
A brow lift corrects the sagging in the skin of the forehead, upper eyelids, crow’s feet and eyebrows. People with excess upper eyelid skin may not always need an upper eyelid surgery. With age, it is the brow position that drops down, resulting in excessive upper eyelid skin. This is where brow lift surgery may work.
Important to note!
A large number of aesthetic problems and signs of ageing are focused on the middle and upper part of the face, which is in near proximity to the eyes. Since, eyes is an extremely delicate area, it is essential to seek the advice of a specialist ophthalmologist with knowledge and experience in order to make one’s look and facial expression more youthful and also ensuring the safety of the eyes and eyesight.