Reducing Lines Around the Eyes From Squinting

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Squinting can increase the appearance of fine lines around your eyes if you aren't careful. Reduce lines around the eyes that developed as a result of squinting with help from an eye and facial plastic surgeon in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Matheson Harris, an oculoplastic surgeon and ophthalmologist in Salt Lake City, Utah. I see a lot of patients who want to reduce the appearance of fine lines around their eyes, especially out to the sides of their eyes. In the area that we refer to as crows feet. These lines are caused by squinting or big smiles that we often do. And over time, as these lines form, they could become deep and permanent. There are many things you can do to prevent the formation of these lines. First, wearing sun glasses can prevent you from squinting, when out in direct sunlight. Applying sunscreens to the areas around your eyes, can reduce aging. Good brands for this are, Oil of Olay or Neutrogena. Second, keeping well hydrated can reduce the appearance of fine lines and keep your skin appearing more plump. Nutritionists recommend eating foods high in anti-oxidants, which can reduce the damage to the collagen in your skin. Some topical creams have been shown to reduce the appearance of fine lines, although many of them work better than others. Most doctors agree that creams containing Retinol or Retin-A are the most effective, and these are often only available by prescription. Injectable medications such as Botox and sometimes injectable fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm are often used around the eyes to reduce the appearance of fine lines. Botox paralyses the muscles around the eyes, which reduce the formation of the lines. When these lines are permanent, Restylane or Juvederm is needed to fill in the line, to make it soften or disappear. The effects of Botox will last three to four months, while the effects of fillers can last anywhere from six months to a year. In more extreme cases, Microdermabrasion can be used to sand down the wrinkles, exposing this loose skin below. If you have questions about rejuvenation around the eyes, talk to an opthamologist in your area.

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