It’s all very well for us to comment on the way Granny’s eye wrinkles lined as she smiled the sweet smile of hers, but did you ask her how she reacted when the first wrinkles showed up? It is a fact, that skin will crease to a certain degree the older we grow, but due to the huge strain of daily lining, early eye wrinkles are very much part of our lives, and we have to find ways to counter those enemies that ravage the delicate tissues surrounding the eyes 1st.
The root cause
What causes eye wrinkles to develop before any other kind of wrinkles? First and foremost, the tissue on our eyelids is, as stated before the most susceptible to damage from external factors like the sun. Skin is also prone to aging, particularly due to the muscle that lies beneath, called orbicularis oculi, pulls the eyelid into parts each time it contracts. As we age and collagen decreases, those folds become furrowed. Also, sun damage, which is most visible on our faces, also adds to the formation of eye wrinkles.
Tried Botox on your wrinkles yet?
It’s tempting to start this section with Botox, the miracle drug from Allergan that has flattened out so many wrinkles. The basic effect of Botox is to block intra-muscular transmission and causes a paralysis and sagging of the muscles. As it is injected, you can choose the area that you want paralyzed, and effectively smooth out wrinkles.
There are other ways too…
Increasingly, many people are turning to laser therapy to eliminate eye wrinkles. This involves a process known as fractional laser resurfacing, a technique which dissolves the molecular bonds of a substance with a laser. Besides wrinkles, fractional laser surfacing can also be employed to eliminate other effects of sun damage, scars, stretch marks, actinic keratosis and or ‘spider veins’. Of late, new techniques like Erbium laser resurfacing allow recovery in just a week, whereas earlier CO2 laser resurfacing usually took close to a month to cure.
Surgery, the last resort
This section is last as it only a choice when everything else has not worked, which is not likely, I think we can agree. Also, the cosmetic surgery procedure called Blepharoplasty does not eradicate eye wrinkles. What it does do is to remove the ugly pouches and dark circles underneath the eyes. And this is not the same thing. Assuming that you want to get rid of eye wrinkles, you should look at options such as Botox and laser therapy.
Check it if you can
As with all of our physical problems, it is preferable to prevent eye wrinkles than cure them. So you are better off investing in quality sun screen, and a wide sun hat. You can get many anti aging products at drug stores, but they may promise more than they deliver. Needless to add, before you take any kind of medical/surgical step, be sure to consult a professional.