Winston-Salem Monthly - August 2014
Dear Dr. Anne,
We have had a great summer with the kids; beach trips, sailing, motor boating, waterskiing, way too much sun. I have noticed despite using sunscreen faithfully and wearing sunglasses, it has taken its toll on my eyes. My eyebrows are falling, bleached out and falling out at the edges. My forehead is wrinkled and the crow's feet are just ugly. And now I am getting bags under my eyes. Parents night is coming up soon. What can I do to look better so I won't embarass myself and my family at the opening of school?
Caroline S. Winston-Salem
It is often said that we are hot wired to the eyes of the opposite sex.
It is often said we are hot wired to the eyes of the opposite sex. They are one of the first things we notice when we meet someone new. We put great importance in our society on looking each other in the eye AND the eyes are the first place where we start to notice the inevitable signs of aging.
The things that help make our eyes bright and beautiful - bright irises and clear whites, brow and lash color, full defined brow, and firm, smooth, clear skin - are the same things that change the appearance of our eyes as we age. The brow descends and skin thins, creating upper-eyelid "hooding", giving a tired look to the face. Crow's feet, that "number 11" furrow in the brow, lower-lid fine lines, and dark circles appear.
But not to worry! There are many options to reverse or slow the visible signs of aging of the eyes. Eyes by Thermage tightens the eye area by stimulating collagen formation, reducing eyelid hooding, softening crow's feet, and improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Botox relaxes the muscles of facial expression, smoothing the "11" between the brows, the horizontal brow lines, the Crow's Feet, and lower lid fine lines. Lasers, fillers and topical therapy are some of the means we use to treat dark circles and wrinkles. New Neotensil by Obagi is a topical treatment that immediately hides under eye bags for 24 hours and can be applied at home. Bags gone, boom! Permanent make-up eyeliner and brows are a quick and inexpensive way to brighten up and define the eyes and Vivierskin Platine Eye Crème is the triple crown of problem solving, reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles.
As you see, we have lots of ways to help address your eye area concerns. I'm glad you reached out to me. So let's get started and they'll be calling you "Bright Eyes" in no time!