Eye Wrinkles at 26, What are My Options?

I have two lines under each eye. I just noticed them a week ago, when I smile my whole under eye area wrinkles and looks awful. What can I do ?I'm only 26 am I aging already? I do have trouble sleeping at times but I stay hydrated. I eat healthy and workout. I dont smoke.

Doctor Answers 2

Fine lines under eyes

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Hello and thank you for the question.

Fine lines under the eyes are a common stigmata of early signs of skin aging and can be attributed to a number of factors including the chronic effects of sun exposure, skin hydration, and other contributing factors to skin aging, both intrinsic and extrinsic.

Management of fine lines under the eyes can be accomplished with several modalities including neuromodulators such as Xeomin, Botox, or Dysport. Skin health should be maintained with a good moisturizers that contain osmotic hydrating elements ( hyaluronic acid), and implementing Retinol into your skin regimen should be considered as well.  Lastly,  you may consider mild resurfacing procedures such as fruit acid peels or microdermabrasion, and always protect your skin with a high quality sun block.

Best of Luck,

Glenn Vallecillos, M.D., F.A.C.S.


Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Eye Wrinkles at 26

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The reasons for your under eye wrinkles may be multi-factorial.  Genetics play an important role in aging, lack of sleep can also contribute to these lines, and also things like sun exposure come in to play.  Sometimes a tiny amount of Botox placed directly under the eyelid margin can help, but on the less invasive side perhaps an eye cream with some Retinol would help as well.  All things considered though,  what you have are most likely normal lines developing for your age.

Sheri G. Feldman, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologist

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