MAYWOOD, Ill. – Eyes are called the windows to the soul, but the fine lines around the eyes can be the voice that shouts the reality of our age. In fact, crow’s feet – the fine wrinkles around the eyes – can start showing up on a person as early as their late 20s.
“These wrinkles seem to be the telltale sign of age since they often expand and deepen over time,” said Rebecca Tung, MD, director of the dermatology division at Loyola University Health System.
According to Tung, the primary cause is from thinning of the delicate eyelid skin. This is due to the aging process, sun exposure and repetitive movement from smiling and squinting.
“While nothing in life is better than expressing joy, seeing etched lines in the mirror can be discouraging. But that’s no reason to stop sharing your beautiful smile,” Tung said.
As we age our body reduces the amount of collagen it produces, which causes skin to lose its elasticity and firmness.
To fend off these signs of aging while maintaining your inner smile and expression, Tung suggests reacquainting yourself with your dermatologist and the four Rs.
Relax. The muscles around our eyes get a good workout. A dermatologist can use injections to help those muscles to relax, lessening the visible lines.
Refill. With age our skin loses its volume, but it can be pumped up and recontoured with injectable fillers.
Resurface. To help smooth the lines, a dermatologist can use laser treatments or chemical peels.
Rest. There is nothing like getting a full night’s sleep to help beautify your body from the inside out.
Patients often benefit from a combination of treatments that can be done in the doctor’s office and have little to no downtime.
“It’s important to follow up with daily sunscreen use and apply an eye cream or serum as well to make your results last. Sunglasses are a great defense against wrinkles since they help us not to squint. Wear them every day, no matter the weather. Your eyes will thank you,” Tung said.
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Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, Loyola University Health System is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and 22 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus, Loyola Hospital, is a 569-licensed-bed facility. It houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children’s Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola’s Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus in Melrose Park includes the 264-bed community hospital, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness and the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Care Center.