5 Ways to Refresh Your Eyes

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5 Ways To Refresh Your Eyes

We asked Dr. Benjamin Barankin, MD, FRCPC, FAAC, a Toronto dermatologist and medical director of the Toronto Dermatology Centre, to offer his expertise on procedures, treatments and products that can help the eye area—and you—look more youthful and refreshed.

REFRESH YOUR EYES IN A MATTER OF MINUTES

1. MOISTURIZE

Keeping skin well-hydrated helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and slow down the development of new ones, so take the time to moisturize the area. “Using topical products that contain retinol or vitamin C can also be beneficial for fading discolouration and stimulating collagen,” adds Dr. Barankin.

He also recommends that you consult with a dermatologist to ensure you have products and ingredients that address your skin’s unique needs. “New topical products for the eye area contain stem cells and peptides, which promote toning of the skin,” says Dr. Barankin.

TREATMENTS THAT ENHANCE THE EYE AREA IN A FEW HOURS

2. INJECTABLES

Botox and fillers can dramatically improve the appearance of the eye area without surgery. “If a patient has a volume loss or teartrough (deep groove) under the eyelids, we inject fillers such as Juvéderm or Restylane,” says Dr. Barankin. This adds volume to the area and provides support and lift to smooth out lines and wrinkles. Although Botox doesn’t add volume, its ability to reduce the appearance of dynamic wrinkles—like crow’s feet— makes it a popular option.

“Start with a less-is-more approach regarding Botox and fillers, but don’t be afraid to use them modestly if needed." Using injectables can also help slow down the development of additional lines and wrinkles, whether by adding volume to the area or reducing muscle movement. For patients afraid of needles, here’s some good news: “Likely in the not-too-distant future we’ll have topical Botox. The early studies are very promising,” says Dr. Barankin.

COST: Depends on amount injected and number of injection sites.

Botox: from $300; Fillers: from $500

RECOVERY TIME: For Botox, swelling may last 15 minutes; For fillers, swelling may last one to two days

RESULTS: For Botox: three to six months; For Fillers: up to one year

EYE OPENING PROCEDURES THAT TAKE A NUMBER OF DAYS

3. LASER TREATMENTS

The variety of laser treatments available allows skincare professionals to target certain areas and treat certain conditions. “For skin resurfacing, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles and scars, I recommend a treatment using a fractionated laser such as the ProFractional laser,” explains Dr. Barankin. For skin tightening, lasers such as SkinTyte, Ulthera and Thermage are used to help patients achieve desired results. “And the technology keeps getting better, adds Dr. Barankin. “Vascular lasers like Nd:YAG can be used if the darkening of the skin is due to blood vessels.”

“Mircrodermabrasion and chemical peels should not be performed around the eyes due to the sensitivity of the area and delicacy of the skin,” adds Dr. Barankin.

COST: Varies depending on number of treatments (typically four to six). Resurfacing: $700; Firming: $1,000; Dark circles: $500

RECOVERY TIME: Three to four days after each treatment

RESULTS:  Permanent; the area will continue to age

4. BROW LIFTS

For some patients, rejuvenating the eye area may involve a brow lift. “The upper eyelid and the brow are intrinsically connected". “As the brow ages, it begins to fall below the upper bony orbital rim, which leads to increased hooding and heaviness of the upper eyelid as well a flattened brow.”

An open forehead lift with brow reshaping involves the lifting and tightening of the forehead and brow through a large incision at the hairline. “This can achieve a very accurate, even reshaping of the brow". An endoscopic brow lift allows for eyebrow reshaping through smaller forehead incisions. “While it improves brow ptosis (falling/drooping), it does not tighten forehead skin,” he explains.

COST: Open forehead lift with brow reshaping: $8,000; Endoscopic brow lift: $5,000

RECOVERY TIME: Two weeks

RESULTS: Permanent; the area will continue to age

EYE OPENING PROCEDURES THAT TAKE WEEKS

5. BLEPHAROPLASTY

Also known as an eye lift, this surgical procedure can be performed on the upper, lower or both eyelids. “The procedure can correct wrinkles, reduce puffy bags and lighten heavy lids— working to literally open the eyes of the patient”. Blepharoplasty on the upper lids involves the removal of excess skin and a small amount of fat, while the lower lid procedure focuses on the removal of fat.

COST: Upper eyelid $3,500; Lower eyelid: $3,500; both upper and lower: $6,000

RECOVERY TIME: Two weeks

RESULTS: Permanent; the area will continue to age

Although your eyes may be starting to glaze over with all the information from these experts, we’d be remiss to leave out one last tip before you kiss those lines, wrinkles and sags goodbye. Always consult with a professional before you proceed with any eye-enhancing treatment.

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