Wrinkles around your eyes are often the first to develop, especially if you live in a sunny climate such as Tampa.   With every blink, squint or smile, you move the muscles near the eyes and the delicate skin above in a way that will create tiny creases.  Crow’s feet are the most common wrinkles around your eyes and can form as early as your mid-twenties.   By your thirties and forties, these lines can become very pronounced.  The good news is that there are several ways to reduce wrinkles around your eyes without surgery or downtime from work (or play).

What Causes Wrinkles around Your Eyes?

Model Applying Eye Cream in MirrorThe skin around your eyes is the thinnest and most delicate on your entire face.  It is also the most overworked and can dry out quickly.  Every facial expression involves movement of the eyes and everyone tends to squint more often than they realize.  Reading in low light, not wearing glasses (if needed) and working at a computer all promote the narrowing of the eyes to help focus.  Stress and anger also make us squint.  Now add our abundant sunshine and you get crow’s feet.

There are some ways to prevent wrinkles around your eyes, at least temporarily.  Always wear sunscreen and sunglasses when outdoors, even in winter if you live in Tampa.  Avoid alcohol as it has a drying effect and do not smoke!  Smoking can dry the skin quickly and lead to premature aging.  Plus drink plenty of water, eat nutritious foods full of healthy vitamins and use moisturizers to give your skin the best chance of staying wrinkle-free into your middle years.

How to Reduce Wrinkles around Your Eyes

Once crow’s feet or wrinkles around your eyes have appeared, there are some solutions to reducing their appearance.  According to Dr. Dominic M. Castellano, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, there are several injectable products that do a great job of reducing or even erasing eye wrinkles.  “Over the past two decades, there has been a revolution in the field of plastic surgery with the introduction of Botox and dermal fillers that can repair facial lines without the need for facial surgery.  Botox and Xeomin are both neurotoxins that can freeze the facial muscles near the eyes that cause the wrinkles to develop. Used properly, these can smooth out the skin to reduce wrinkles and even prevent them, without giving the patient an unnatural appearance.  The key is the correct dosing and exact placement of the Botox… which should only be done by a qualified and experienced medical professional.”

Dermal fillers are another way to reduce crow’s feet and wrinkles around the eyes.  There are a variety of dermal fillers on the market in Tampa and each has unique properties to fill in the creases from under the skin.  Rather than freeze the muscle, dermal fillers work by adding volume to the skin and giving the skin more elasticity.  Different fillers are used to fill in fine lines in delicate skin (Juvederm or Belotero), while others help add volume to deeper creases or folds (Restylane or Radiesse).  These fillers will allow our facial muscles to move naturally, but will smooth out the skin for anywhere from three months to twelve months depending on the selected product.  While Botox and dermal fillers are considered very safe when administered correctly, there are some rare side-effects that can be minimized or avoided by a qualified professional.  For optimal results, it is important to work only with an experienced injector in an accredited medical office.

Ready to Reduce Wrinkles around Your Eyes?

If you would like to learn more about how to reduce your crow’s feet and wrinkles around your eyes, set up a complimentary consultation at Elite Facial Plastic Surgery in Tampa.  You can learn more about whether Botox, Xeomin or Dermal Fillers are right for you.  These injectable products are temporary but can make a big improvement in appearance within just a matter of days.  There is no downtime or recovery period, and the results can be dramatic.  Call (813) 975-3223 today for your free initial consultation.

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