The eyes are the most expressive area of the face and often the first to show signs of age. If you want your eyes to convey warmth and youth despite your age, Dr. Abhay Gupta can help. The San Diego plastic surgeon offers a variety of cosmetic treatments to combat problems like wrinkles, lines, under-eye bags and sagging skin.
Botox for Crow’s Feet, Wrinkles and Furrows
One of the safest and quickest ways to minimize pesky lines and wrinkles around the eyes is with Botox injections. Small amounts of Botox can be injected into crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes, vertical wrinkles between the eyebrows and horizontal furrows across the forehead. The product temporarily relaxes the facial muscles, which causes the overlying skin to look smoother. Keep in mind that the effects are temporary and wear off after about four to six months.
Dermal Fillers for Under-eye Bags
Another common concern in the eye area is puffy or prominent under-eye bags, which can occur when the fat pads underneath the eyes start to descend. Dermal fillers can be injected into the skin underneath the eyes to add a bit of volume and create a more even transition between the upper cheek and lower eyelid.
Another way to smooth out this transition and fix a hollow or gaunt appearance under the eyes is with fat grafting. Dr. Gupta can take the patient’s own fat cells from one location of the body (e.g., the abdomen or thighs), purify it and inject it under the eyes to add subtle volume.
Like Botox, the effects of dermal fillers are only temporary and treatment should be repeated every few months to maintain the effects. The results of fat transfer last longer as the body usually retains a significant portion of the fat over time.
Eyelid Surgery for Puffy or Droopy Eyelids
A more permanent way to address under-eye bags is with lower eyelid surgery. Through a small incision made in the lower eyelid, Dr. Gupta can remove excess fat and smooth out the under-eye area. Lower eyelid surgery may be performed alone or in conjunction with upper eyelid surgery to trim excess skin on the upper lids that may be spilling over the lashline into the line of sight.
Brow Lift for a Drooping Brow
A sagging brow line can look heavy and sad or fatigued; it can also cause the eyelids to look hooded. Brow lift (a.k.a., forehead lift) repositions the brows higher on the face for a more youthful and pleasant expression. The procedure also tightens the forehead skin to smooth horizontal wrinkles and creases.
Schedule a Consult with Dr. Gupta
To discuss your particular age-related concerns and find a suitable solution, Dr. Gupta welcomes you to schedule a consultation at his practice. Call or email us today to book your appointment.
Fun Fact of the Month: The eyes heal extremely quickly. An eye can recover from a corneal scratch within 48 hours.