If your eyes are making you look tired all the time, then you may be noticing some of the first signs of aging. While some people have genetic eye bags or puffiness, the majority of aesthetic issues in this area are related to aging. The skin around the eyes is often the first area people begin to notice age-related changes, and while there are good options for surgical eye rejuvenation (eyelid surgery), many patients are interested in pursuing a less invasive option. So what are some ways to achieve a more youthful look without surgery?

Fillers and Botox

Dermal fillers and Botox can help rejuvenate the eye area for subtle anti-aging results in two different ways. Botox can relax wrinkles such as the “crows’ feet” by limiting the muscle movements at the corners of the eyes for 3-4 months at a time, restoring some youth to the area. Dermal fillers require an expert application to produce anti-aging results near the eyes, but these versatile products can help fill in lost volume to even out the aging skin’s different levels and needs.

These injectable products involve only a brief, minimally invasive procedure that involves no downtime. Results last anywhere from 3-12 months depending on the product. There are a variety of different options to choose from, some of which can be combined for better results. While these treatments can be effective for a variety of anti-aging symptoms, there is often only so much fillers can do in the eye area, and are usually better for subtle improvement.


For many people, the problems don’t just stop with the aging eye area. Some people also find their lashes to be short, sparse and inadequate, which can provide the wrong framework for a rejuvenated eye. Latisse is a revolutionary, completely non-invasive product that stimulates eyelash growth for fuller, longer lashes in just a few months.

Latisse is FDA approved, and available only through a physician. Patients apply the product to the base of the upper eyelashes once a day, and within eight weeks, the lashes should be showing signs of improvement. Full results should be apparent by 16 weeks.

When Minimally Invasive Isn’t Enough

Unfortunately, minimally invasive treatments simply don’t produce sufficient results for many patients experiencing the effects of aging. For patients who are serious about improvement, eyelid surgery may be the best option. Blepharoplasty is a popular procedure that repositions and removes excess skin and fat for a fresh, youthful appearance. It is an ideal surgery for improving the appearance of under-eye bags and making the eyes look wider and more awake.

Blepharoplasty can involve the upper lids, lower lids, or both, and surgical times vary based on the patient. Following surgery, patients should expect to spend about a week in recovery.

Surgical patients may also want to use injectable treatments in conjunction with surgery to produce the best results.

Talk to an Expert

Whether you decide that a non-invasive treatment is best for you or you are considering surgical improvement of the eyelids, you will need to enlist the help of a facial plastic surgery expert. Cosmetic treatments such as dermal fillers or surgery like blepharoplasty are complex procedures that require a great deal of skill and artistry to produce good results.

If you are looking for an experienced and knowledgeable provider in the Newport Beach (949-650-8882) or Beverly Hills (310-467-2180) area, come to Batniji Facial Plastic Surgery and meet with acclaimed, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Rami K Batniji. Dr. Batniji offers a number of different chemical peel types, including the minimally invasive VI peel. For more information and to schedule your consultation, call either location today.