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Capital Style Magazine – “Optical Illusion – Eye Procedures and Products for Every Age”

November 5, 2010

Columbus Plastic Surgeon in the Media

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You can’t ignore the earliest signs of aging-they glare right back at you.

And the eyes-which tent to age quicker than other parts, doctors say-never lie. Instead, they reveal beauty sins from sun damage, daily stress and sleepless nights.

Doctors perform a combination of therapies to achieve the most natural-looking results.

More often than not, doctors say they perform a combination of therapies to achieve the most natural-looking results.

We asked several experts to share a sampling of eye treatment options for women in their 20s, 30s, 40s and up. Here are their recommendations.

This decade is all about prevention.

“The first place to start is with skincare,” said Dr. Jeffrey Donaldson of Donaldson Plastic Surgery. “There are good cleansers (and) good moisturizers to help skin around the eyes. Sun damage can be treated with cosmeceuticals.”

The second option he usually offers his youngest patients is Botox injected in small amounts. This remedy, which lessens lines and wrinkles by relaxing isolated facial muscles, works well for women in their late 20s who have noticed traces of lines or wrinkles around the outer eye, Donaldson said. (If your mother and grandmother have crow’s feet, chances are you’ll share that trait, thanks to genetics.)

The process requires upkeep, though. Botox costs about $400 per treatment and is typically administered every three months.

To maintain a youthful glow, now is the time to explore a skincare line with aggressive anti-aging ingredients.

Medical-grade brands such as Obagi and SkinMedica are highly recommended by doctors and plastic surgeons but require a consultation-and prescription.

Botox and other injectable fillers also remain a popular treatment for women in their 30s.

As women age, the skin beneath the eyes loses its supple texture and begins to hollow, creating dark circles. “A lot of people come in complaining of bags under their eyes,” said Dr. Jeffrey Donaldson of Donaldson Plastic Surgery.

To fix that problem, he typically uses a filler such as Juvéderm to plump the sunken under-eye area or transfers fat from another area into the lower eyelid. The treatment costs about $500 once a year, but the results, he said, are refreshing.

When less-invasive treatments lost their effect, some women consider surgery instead.

Eyelid reshaping surgery-also known as blepharoplasty-can tighten drooping and sagging skin above or below the eye. The process removes fatty deposits around the eyes and gives a more youthful, alert appearance.

Dr. Jeffrey Donaldson of Donaldson Plastic Surgery, who also performs this procedure at his office, said the incisions are easily hidden and heal well. Some patients opt to do the lower or upper lid, or both. The risks, he said, are scars and changes to the lid contour but those can be avoided by choosing a surgeon with the proper training and expertise. The surgery costs roughly $2000 for upper lids and $2,500 for lower.

*Earned by Dr. Donaldson