Here are some tips to help your eyes look younger – all without surgery! Dr. Steve Jepson tells us how!
1. Latisse for longer lashes – Latisse is a powerful eyelash growth stimulator available by prescription. It is a liquid that is applied daily to the base of your lashes using a small applicator brush. Latisse will grow your lashes longer, fuller, and darker. It can take 4-6 weeks to see a big difference so a little patience is required. But once they start growing, you will love it! You do have to continue using Latisse regularly to maintain the effect. I’ve talked about eyelash extensions on Studio 5 in the past. Now, I seldom see women getting them anymore. Latisse helps you look like you have eyelash extensions – except they are your own lashes! The cost averages $120 per bottle and each bottle generally lasts a few months.
2. Botox to relax your crows feet wrinkles and lift your eyebrows – With time most of us develop wrinkles radiating out from the corners of our eyes. These are commonly called the crows feet wrinkles and they can certainly make your eyes look older. These wrinkles are one of the most common areas for cosmetic Botox injections. Botox relaxes the outer eye muscles that cause these wrinkles. It takes about one to two weeks for the Botox to “kick in” fully, but once it does, those wrinkles soften considerably and sometimes go away completely. And not only will your eyes look younger with the wrinkles gone, but they can also appear more open. This “open look” can be further enhanced by injecting Botox in the outer eyebrow area for a subtle eyebrow lift. Alas, Botox does not last forever. Generally three injection sessions are needed yearly to maintain your results. The cost averages $120-$200 each time (depends on the severity of your wrinkles).
3. Resveratrol /Peptide Cream to tighten the lower lid area – Wrinkles in the under eye area are very bothersome for some people and can be very difficult to treat. One solution is the use of powerful wrinkle-fighting molecules found in doctor-grade skin care creams. Antioxidants help fight collagen breakdown (one of the main causes of wrinkles). One of the most powerful antioxidants is Resveratrol. It has received a lot of press lately for its anti-aging properties – and with good reason. It can be very effective when taking internally and used externally. Another class of effective wrinkle-fighters is the peptides. These help stimulate new collagen formation and can help tighten skin (especially the delicate skin underneath the eye). The single best-selling moisturizer in my office is our Resveratrol Age-Defying Cream. This cream contains both of these ingredients in high concentrations and can be used as an eye cream (it’s really good for the rest of your face, too). Skin care products purchased at doctor’s offices usually have higher concentrations of active ingredients and generally cost no more (and sometimes less) than department store options. The cost for our Resveratrol/Peptide cream is $46 (1 oz jar).
So if you feel that your eyes are old, wrinkled, sad, squinty, or droopy; consider one or all of these options. Allergan (the makers of Botox and Latisse) is offering up to $70 in rebates right now on Botox and Latisse. Call our office for more information or to schedule a free consultation at 801-281-0022.
Steven Jepson M.D.
Utah Dermatologic & Medical Procedures Clinic
Non-Surgical Cosmetic & Anti-Aging Medicine
154 E. Myrtle Ave (5065 S) – just off State Street in