It is hard to look at someone without noticing their eyes first. Typically, the eyes are what draw us to an individual. In fact, according to many studies, the eyes are considered to be the most attractive facial feature.

Our eyes are incredibly unique and project our confidence and attitude. We suppose it really is true that eyes are the window to the soul. But more than that, our eyes also say a lot about our overall health and age.

If you’re suffering from eye bags, feeling like your eyes are aging you or making you look older than you are, you’re not alone. Many people are concerned about the appearance of their eyes. But don’t worry; plenty of options are available to help your eyes look and feel their absolute best. From something as simple as changing your daily routine, investing in quality skin care and prescription products like Upneeq and Latisse, to cosmetic treatments and plastic surgery such as an eye or brow lift, our board-certified plastic surgeons, nurses and estheticians are here to help you come up with a game plan to rejuvenate your eyes, leaving you feeling confident and refreshed.

Read on for the ultimate eye guide with everything you need to know about what makes your eyes and eyelids look aged and how to rejuvenate them.

What Makes Eyes Look Less Attractive and Aged?

Our eyes can lose some of their natural attractiveness and youthful appearance as we age.

Even in our younger years, the eyes can make you look older if they aren’t in tip-top shape.

A few key factors can contribute to this, some even believe wearing contacts can cause drooping eyelids worse. Understanding what causes our eyes to look unappealing or aged can help you take steps to maintain the appearance of your eyes over time.

While some of these issues may be unavoidable, there are steps we can take to maintain the appearance of our eyes over time. This may include using high-quality skincare products, getting enough sleep, managing stress levels, and considering cosmetic procedures like fillers or eyelid surgery to address specific issues.

But before we dive deeper into some of those solutions, let’s go over how your eyes can make you look less rejuvenated and older than you are.

Sagging Skin and Drooping Eyelids

One of the most common issues that can make eyes look less attractive and aged, and possibly even affect your vision, is sagging skin and drooping eyelids. As we get older, the skin around our eyes can lose elasticity. Additionally, rubbing and pulling at your eyes too aggressively can cause eyelids to sag and droop.

Dark Circles and Puffiness

Another issue that can make eyes look less attractive and aged is dark circles and puffiness. These can be caused by a variety of factors, including lack of sleep, stress, allergies, and even genetics. When we have dark circles or puffiness under our eyes, it can make us look tired or sick, even if we feel fine.

Red Eyes

When your eyes are red, the redness comes from blood vessels that are dilated due to some type of irritation. Causes of red eyes can include infection, allergies, dry eyes, stress, lack of sleep, and computer eye strain to name a few.
The whites of your eyes say a lot. If your eyes are bloodshot, you will no doubt look tired and aged. More than that, research shows that people with whiter eyes are rated to be 25 percent happier, 42 percent healthier, and 17 percent more attractive.

Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Fine lines and wrinkles are other common issues that can make eyes look less attractive and aged. These can be caused by sun damage, genetics, and the natural aging process.

Loss of Volume

Loss of volume in the face can also contribute to an aged appearance around the eyes. As we get older, our faces naturally lose some of their volume and fullness, which can create hollows under the eyes and make the eyes look sunken or tired.

Short/Thin Eyelashes

Just think about how many tubes of mascara you have been through searching for the best mascara for dark, thick lashes. There is no arguing that having short, thin lashes can be a real bummer for your overall look.  Your lashes are important in having a more youthful, rested appearance.

Eye Rejuvenation Solutions For Younger, More Rested Eyes

There are all sorts of “aesthetician secrets” that will help keep your skin looking vibrant and youthful. But if you want to specifically rejuvenate your eyes and achieve a more rested and youthful appearance– don’t neglect the small stuff!

If you are concerned about the appearance of their eyes, especially when it comes to dark circles, puffiness, and sagging eyelids, of course, there are surgical and non-surgical options to consider– but really, it’s all about the small changes you can make in your daily routine that will make a significant difference.

Here are a few of the top eye rejuvenation options for younger, more rested eyes:

Get Plenty of Quality Sleep

It might sound simple, but getting enough quality sleep is one of the best things you can do for your eyes. When you’re well-rested, your eyes look brighter, and you’ll have fewer dark circles and puffiness.

Make sure you’re getting at least 7-8 hours of quality sleep each night, and try to establish a consistent sleep schedule to help regulate your body’s natural rhythms.

Stay Hydrated

Dehydration can cause dry eyes and make them appear red and tired. Ensure you’re hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day, especially in a dry climate.

Drinking plenty of water will not only help keep your eyes looking bright and refreshed, but it’s also great for your overall health and well-being.

Obtain a Prescription for Eye Opening Eye Drops

We know it sounds too good to be true, but there is such a thing as eye drops that instantly make your eyelids less droopy! The drops are called Upneeq, a relatively new prescription-only eye drop that stimulates the muscles that control the upper eyelids, helping to create a more open-eyed, awake and refreshed appearance.

The effects are temporary but are great for occasional use, like when you need to look refreshed for a special event, on mornings following a late night with too much to drink, or when your kids kept you up all night.

Thick, Full, Dense Lashes

Having thin, light lashes can be a real bummer for your overall look, and there is only so much mascara can do to help you achieve dark, thick, luscious lashes.

If you’re looking for longer, thicker lashes, Latisse may be just what you need. This eyelash growth solution treatment is applied to the lash line, helping to promote longer and fuller lashes over time. Clinical trial results show after 16 weeks, users of Latisse grew experience lashes that are 25% longer, 106% fuller and 18% darker!

Maintain a Medical Grade Skin Care Routine

When it comes to taking care of our eyes as we age, there’s no doubt that medical-grade skin care and eye creams are the way to go. Sure, you can find plenty of products at your local drugstore or department store, but they simply don’t compare to the quality and effectiveness of medical-grade products.

Investing in medical-grade skin care and eye creams is the way to go if you want to keep your eyes looking youthful and vibrant as you age. Trust us; your eyes will thank you!

Here are a few of our favorite at-home treatments and medical -grade products. If you need help picking out a regime that is right for you, book a complimentary consultation. Our estheticians would be happy to create a regime for you.

Invest in Injectables

If you’re really serious about turning back the hands of time and making your eyes look more vibrant and youthful, investing in injectables like Botox and filler is another option to consider. These cosmetic treatments can help smooth out fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and add volume to hollow areas that may make you look tired or worn out.

And the best part is how fast they work and how long-lasting they are! Unlike creams and serums that can take several months to kick in, the results from injectables are almost instant and can last for several months. Just make sure your botox and filler are the real thing. The only way to ensure this is to have these treatments performed in a professional clinic by board-certified injectors highly skilled in injectables. 

Get a Chemical Peel or Laser Treatment

Laser skin resurfacing and tightening treatments are highly effective options if your eye insecurities are due to lines and wrinkles.

Lasers work by using a laser device to destroy the outer layers of the damaged skin. This stimulates collagen production and encourages the growth of new, healthy skin cells. Chemical peels work in a similar, slightly less invasive way to smooth the texture of your skin by removing the damaged outer layers.

Whether you’re dealing with fine lines, wrinkles, or dark circles, there is a chemical peel or laser treatment that can help. And because these treatments are minimally invasive, there’s minimal to no downtime, so you can typically return to your normal routine within a few days.

Go Under the Knife

We saved the most invasive option for last. If you’re dealing with excess sagging skin or drooping eyelids, there is only so much the above-mentioned can do. A blepharoplasty (also known as eyelid surgery) may be your best option. Yes, you will have a bit of downtime a few days after surgery, but the results are long-lasting, making it a great investment in your overall appearance.

There are two types of blepharoplasty surgery, upper eyelid blepharoplasty and lower eyelid blepharoplasty. Some patients do one or the other, while many opt for both.

During upper blepharoplasty, droopy excess skin and/or fat hanging over the lashes are removed, resulting in the illusion of eye-opening. Removing fat and/or muscle eliminates extra bulk that weighs the eyelid down, causing you to look older or have a sleepy appearance. It can also relieve strain on a patient’s eyes. Occasionally, a thin strip of muscle known as the “orbicularis oculi” is also removed.

When it comes to the lower eyelids, sometimes the skin can be tightened via laser resurfacing or TCA chemical peels. But if it is decided that surgery is the best route to improve the appearance of your undereye bags and loose skin, there are several lower eyelid blepharoplasty techniques your plastic surgeon can use.

Skin excision, fat transfer and fat repositioning are the most common techniques. They are performed very similarly to an upper eyelid blepharoplasty in that excess fat deposits, skin, and muscle that might be adding to the appearance of dark circles, wrinkles, and/or puffiness are repositioned or removed.

Invest In Your Eyes Today

Whether you’re dealing with sagging eyelids, dark circles, or thinning lashes, by taking a proactive approach to eye care, you can help ensure that your eyes remain attractive and youthful-looking for years to come. And if you are already plagued by aging eyes, there are plenty of eye rejuvenation options available to help you look and feel your best.

Our team at The Lett Center understands that everyone’s needs are unique. We take a personalized approach to create a plan tailored to your specific goals and concerns. Whether you’re interested in non-invasive solutions or more intensive procedures, we can guide you through the process and help you make informed decisions that align with your desired outcomes.

Click here to schedule your eye rejuvenation consultation today!