Many people will say the eyes are the first physical feature they notice in a person. So it’s no wonder women make them stand out with mascara, eye liner and eye shadow. While makeup helps highlight our eyes, age does not—at least not in a positive way. Men on the other hand often deal with many of the same aging eye issues as women, but don’t have makeup to help hide the dark circles and puffiness.
Our eyes have a way of showing several different signs of aging. As we get older our bodies produce less collagen, which causes the eyelids and surrounding skin to thin. This has a way of making dark circles under the eyes more noticeable. It can also cause the eyelids and eyebrows to droop. Wrinkles also appear at the outside corners of our eyes—known as crow’s feet.
Because the signs of aging around the eyes vary in nature, different treatments can be used to improve your look. One of our medical aesthetic professionals will be able to explain which treatments would be best suited for you.
The signs of aging eyes
More often thought of as a sign of fatigue than aging, many people see dark circles under the eyes as a fact of life. Dark circles are most often caused by blood vessels that are seen through the skin. Fatigue and age can also play a role.
The tear trough is a crease that extends from the inner corner of the eye, and arcs down under the eye, between the nose and lower eyelid. A deep tear trough can create a shadow under the eye. Just like dark under eye circles, they can give the appearance of being tired.
The upper and lower eyelids can droop or sag with time. As is the case with most signs of aging eyes, droopy eyelids can make someone look tired and older than they really are.
“Crow’s feet” are dynamic wrinkles that begin to form at the outside corners of our eyes when we hit our mid-twenties. Formed when we squint and smile, over time they become static wrinkles.
Much like sagging or drooping eyelids, the eyebrow skin and underlying tissue can lose its elasticity with age. Droopy eyebrows can cast a shadow over the entire eye, which adds to the look of fatigue.
Roughly half of the East Asian population have what is called a single eyelid—meaning they don’t have a crease between their eyelashes and eyebrows. Some people choose to undergo a procedure known as a blepharoplasty to surgically create a crease.