Windows to the soul

Published March 21st, 2016

They say the eyes are the windows to the soul.  Sometimes the window treatments need a little refreshing...

Lines around the eyes
Crow's feet result from squinting and repeated muscle movement.  The most effective treatment for Crow's feet is botulinum toxin: Botox, or Dysport.  For finer textural lines, an amazing eye cream can help.  One of our favorites at pdmd is Clark's Botanicals Anti-puff Eye Cream.  It contains caffeine to tighten, vitamin K for dark spots, and hyaluronic acid to smooth.  Retinol is improves fine lines and is anti-aging, but should be used sparingly in this area to minimize irritation.  For lots of lines, treatments with a non-ablative fractional laser like the Palomar Icon Aesthetic Platform can be very effective.

Hollows and Loose skin
Your two year old is only partly to blame.  Hyaluronic acid fillers (Juvederm or Restylane) can be injected in the tear trough area to rejuvenate the contour under the eyes.  A small amount should be used, as this is a delicate area.  

Dark circles
These usually result from broken blood vessels under the eyes, genetics, and allergies.  If seasonal allergies are an issue, a daily antihistamine may be beneficial.  Broken blood vessels may be corrected with intense pulsed light treatments.

Sparse lashes
Yes, there is a miracle-gro for lashes, and it's called Latisse.  This FDA approved prescription medication can increase the volume and length of lashes in about 6-8 weeks.  It's available at pdmd.

Little tricks for poofs
Applying cold moisturizer helps to relieve puffiness under the eyes.  Sleeping on more than one pillow and avoiding foods high in salt help, too. 

Usually, a combination of treatments are needed to make your eyes sparkle and shine.


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