What Happens to the Eyes as You Age (and How to Correct It)

shutterstock_155611865Out of all the facial features, the eyes are often the first to show signs of aging and gravity. Dr. Nirav Savalia, a trusted Newport Beach plastic surgeon, sees many patients in their 40s, 50s and 60s that are concerned with the way their eyes look and are curious about a treatment solution. Here, Dr. Savalia explains the most common ways the eyes age, and discusses some of the best solutions to these problems.

Hollows under the Eyes

Volume loss is a universal effect of aging, and as the area around the eyes loses volume, the skin can start to drape differently. As a result, the eye area can take on a hollow or bony appearance.

One of the easiest and most affordable ways to correct this loss of volume is through injections of a dermal filler such as Restylane. Once injected, the product has a cushioning effect that plumps up the treated area and restores a more youthful look. Note that the effects of dermal filler treatment are temporary, and treatment must be repeated regularly to maintain the results.

Bags in the Lower Eyelids

The lower eyelids have small pads of fat that can become puffy and bulge outward with age, taking on the appearance of “bags.”

Lower eyelid puffiness or bags can be surgically corrected during blepharoplasty, a procedure in which the fat is removed through tiny incisions and the tissues and skin tightened. A non-surgical alternative involves the injections of dermal fillers to smooth out the noticeable creases between the upper cheek and lower eyelid.

Eyelid Skin Becomes Lax and Droopy

The lower eyelids are not the only ones that change with age. Sometimes, the upper eyelid skin can become extremely lax and droopy, possibly sagging over the upper lash line into the line of sight. It is not uncommon for Dr. Savalia’s older patients to complain that they cannot see as well as they used to because of folds of skin obscuring their sight.

Upper eyelid surgery trims this skin and tightens the remaining eyelid skin to restore a clear line of sight and give the lid a firmer, flatter contour. Many women note that the improved lid contour makes it easier to apply makeup to the eyes.

Outer Corners Start to Droop

A youthful eye has an almond shape with the inside corner (near the nose) angled slightly lower than the outer corner. Unfortunately, aging and gravity go hand-in-hand, sometimes causing the outer corner of the eyes to droop or sag over time.

A surgical procedure called a canthopexy or canthoplasty can re-position the outer corner of the eye to restore its youthful appearance.

Contact Our Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon

If you feel self-conscious about the appearance of aging eyes, Dr. Savalia encourages you to schedule a consultation at our practice to discuss these concerns. Call 949-759-0980 or email us today to make your appointment.