It is a story we hear over and over again among friends. That feature-packed new phone with the improved HD camera sounded great – until you used it to take a "selfie" and realized just how heavy your eyelids have become, or how deep the "crow’s feet" around your eyes have gotten. Just like the HD video camera created a world of new insecurities for TV personalities everywhere, so too will the HD smartphone camera on your new phone.
But don’t fret- it causes wrinkles! Besides, there are some quick, temporary fixes to these insecurities- as well as some not as quick but permanent fixes, too. We spoke to plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Mitchell of Contours & Curves in Henderson, NV about some options.
The quickest and easiest way to correct the fine lines around the eyes is the use of products like Botox, which relax the muscles around the eyes- making the lines go away. However, this solution is not permanent, and the injections will need to be repeated every 3-4 months to maintain results. Another injectable that can be used around the eyes is hyaluronic acid, or (HA) that actually ‘fills in’ the lines around the eyes. Hyaluronic Acid is also only temporary and must be repeated every six months or so. It is available under brand names like Belotero and Restylane.
Another option is laser resurfacing, which can be done in many plastic surgeons offices. This procedure generally takes about an hour, and chemically exfoliates the top layers of dead skin off your face, revealing the newer, firmer skin below. You can expect some swelling and down time with peels, but once the swelling goes down, the changes are very noticeable- but also not permanent.