From a very young age, we learn to look at people in the eyes because it is important for communication, for human contact. The eyes can tell a lot about our discussant. However, sometimes our eyes may lie about our actual age, adding extra years.

Because the skin around our eyes is particularly sensitive and thin, it's the first to show signs of aging before the rest of our face, even our body. Signs of crow's feet may appear early in our 30s, while, at the same time, the subcutaneous fat that recedes makes our eyes look empty and lifeless.

Relaxation is another problem. As the skin around the eyes sags, we look older than we really are. Our vision may be negatively affected, too. Another problem are the black circles under the eyes which may also appear due to the anatomy of the area or melanin deposition.

All of those issues can make your eyes look heavy and your facial appearance may seem as if you're sad or tired. These reasons may draw you to visit a plastic surgeon for a consultation. There are many different methods, either surgical or not, that freshen up your eyes and get your sparkling, youthful look back.

So, what solutions can plastic surgery offer?

Blepharoplasty

Over the years, the sensitive skin around your eyes begins to relax and sags. Beyond the aesthetic reasons, in many cases, this relaxation also impairs vision. Eye-lift surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a very common procedure, and usually solves this problem.

Upper blepharoplasty aims at the removal of excess fat and the tightening of the upper eyelid, while, with lower blepharoplasty, fat is also removed and the eye contour is significantly improved. The overall result is a relaxed, youthful look along with improved vision. Usually, the two methods are combined and the recovery period lasts from 1-2 weeks.

Blepharoplasty leaves no visible scars, as these are covered by the normal creases of the eye at the site of surgery.

Eyebrow-Lift

If the relaxation of your upper eyelids is accompanied by relaxation of the forehead and a tired and wild appearance of the upper part of your face, then the appropriate procedure is a combination of an eye-lift and eyebrow-lift surgery. Whether your surgeon will choose to perform an endoscopic, coronal or hairline brow-lift, the incisions will barely be noticeable as they are made either along or behind the hairline.

Eyelid Redraping and Contouring

A sagging eyelid or the appearance of droopy eyes can easily be corrected by either fat grafting through liposuction, with a midface-lift or by re-positioning the existing fat in the lower eyelid in combination with blepharoplasty.

There are also complementary techniques, such as canthoplasty, which are used to address problems such as lower eyelid relaxation, scleral show or ectropion. In the upper eyelid, the excess fat and skin are removed, while the minimal incision is "hidden" in the natural fold of the eyelid, being, that way, practically invisible.

The surgery is performed in a well-organized clinic, usually under local anesthesia and moderate sedation, and you stay in the hospital only for a few hours. The results are permanent. With these procedures, the face appears fresh and gets a youthful look, as your eyes are contoured and regain their initial or, even, improved shape.

Botox

We've all heard about Botox, as well as the jokes surrounding its stigmas. There's the impression that Botox “freezes” the face making it seem without any emotion or expression. But this is a myth. The Botox is one of the safest and most reliable interventions and is able to smooth wrinkles around the eyes with only a few minimal injections. (Read Botox at 30?)

By using a minimum amount of neurotoxin into the muscles around the eyes, we can paralyze them for a few months. Once these tiny muscles stop moving, they begin to "relax” and the wrinkles disappear. The procedure is very fast with practically zero recovery time: you can return to your work or your everyday activities right after the session is over! Botox can temporarily reduce the movements on the face, but under no circumstances, will it create a “frozen” face.

What you need to keep in mind about the Botox is that it isn't a permanent solution. Although it provides excellent results, they last only 3-4 months. After that time, your eyes return to their prior condition and the treatment must be repeated. (Learn more about Botox in 7 Key Things to Watch Out For If You Are Considering Botox Injections.)

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers have fantastic results in the battle against "bags" and sunken eyes. As we grow older, the subcutaneous fat of the face, which gives its volume and the youthful appearance, subsides. The result is bags under the eyes that many times are accompanied by black circles, making us appear tired or sad.

Dermal fillers can be very effective in restoring the volume in the area with the reduced fat. The plastic surgeon injects the material under and around the eyes, and carefully shapes the area so that it becomes smoother and plumber. If applied correctly, dermal fillers can take years off your face by restoring your youthful appearance with immediate effects.

There are many different types of dermal fillers used in plastic surgery, but only your plastic surgeon can advise you on which one is appropriate for you according to your problem. In some cases, it's advisable to combine the fillers with a Botox treatment. (Read Facial Implants Vs. Dermal Fillers.)

Any of these plastic surgery interventions can drastically improve the look of your eyes. After the deep wrinkles and fine lines go away, the excess skin is removed and the volume under your eyes is restored, you will be amazed by the results!

If our eyes truly are the window to our souls, then surely a small intervention for improvement will benefit you.