Four Ways to Refresh the Eyes

Eye contact is an essential part of conveying our emotions and personality. When we’re not confident in our eyes, regardless of the reason, we may fall short of healthy eye contact. This can inhibit our we are perceived. On the other hand, some of the age-related changes that occur around the eyes make us look less open and trusting, even less trustworthy, to others. To harness the full potential of the eyes, it pays to observe what makes them fully expressive. Here, we discuss the various ways in which a skilled plastic surgeon helps patients refresh their eyes.

Reduce Squinting

The digital age we live in makes it hard not to squint and frown, even when we’re not aware of this facial expression. Fortunately, we can count on Botox to resolve the issues that squinting at a computer screen or smartphone cause. Botox has been used for more than 30 years and continues to hold an exemplary level of safety and efficacy. The treatment takes half an hour or less and begins to work within about 5 days. After that point, the muscles release their tension so the overlying skin can lie smoothly for an average of 3 to 4 months.

Open the Eyes

The skin around the eyes is quite delicate. It is thin to begin with so, when it weakens, it can droop pretty dramatically. Drooping eyelids close off the eyes and closed off eyes make us seem closed off to positive human interaction. We don’t want that! To open the eyes, it may be necessary to trim excess skin from the upper or lower eyelids. Dr. Altamira does this with blepharoplasty, the popular eyelid surgery that is suitable for healthy adults of all ages. Blepharoplasty can correct redundancy on the upper eyelid and restore the natural crease. On the lower eyelid, this procedure can resolve undereye puffiness.

Lift the Brow

The eyebrows typically set a nice curve over the upper orbital rim above the eye. When we age and tissue loses firmness, the eyebrows can droop. A droop at the outer edge of the brow line makes a person look sad or unconfident. At the inner corner, sagging makes the face look angry and less friendly. Early signs of brow sagging may be corrected using a dermal filler like Juvéderm or Restylane or with Botox, which can lift the brow by releasing contracted muscles. More severe sagging can be addressed with a surgical brow lift, in which weak tissue is tightened and excess skin is trimmed.

Addressing Hollows

Dark hollows may appear under the eyes if collagen and fat are depleted. Hollows may also develop at the temples, between the forehead and the top of the cheekbones at the outer edges of the eyes. In many cases, hollows can be corrected by increasing the volume of the problem area. Hyaluronic acid fillers bind to water particles beneath the skin, which can smooth the transition between the cheek and the eye to decrease the shadowing caused by hollows. This technique can also remodel the temples to restore optimal face shape.

A skilled plastic surgeon knows how to refresh the eyes using surgical as well as nonsurgical techniques. To schedule a visit at our Houston or Sugar Land location, call 713.271.9000.

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