The Best Cosmetic Procedures For All Types Of Eyes
It is a common saying that the eyes are the windows to the soul. Today’s society continually stresses the importance of establishing eye contact, and it makes sense why: As human beings, we naturally crave that sort of physical affirmation. According to a 2019 study conducted by OnePoll, eyes are the first thing that either gender notices upon first sight.
Such factors make it essential to understand what type of eyes you have, and how best to accentuate them. Luckily, with the advent of cosmetic injectables (also known as fillers and neuromodulators), we now have more tools than ever to modify and enhance an individual’s unique eye shape. But no one treatment is one size fits all. Read on to find out more about the best cosmetic procedures for your eye type.
Types of Eyes: Understanding Anatomy
Eyes are wonderfully complex in their construction, with various mechanisms working together to make them functional. Here is a quick and easy breakdown of the eye and how it works:
When light reflects off an object and enters your field of vision, it first surpasses a thin veil of tears on your eye’s surface. Afterward, it makes its way to the cornea, which helps focus the light. The light must then pass through the aqueous humor, a fluid in the front part of the eye that keeps internal pressure constant.
At that point, the light passes through the pupil, which is the central round opening in the iris. The pupil adjusts shape to focus the light, which finally makes its way to the retina at the back of the eye. There are six main components of the human eye:
- Blood Vessels – The blood vessels supply the nerve cells with nutrients. They reside in the vitreous chamber (the area between the lens and the back of the eye). They enter and exit through the back of the eye.
- Macula – The macula resides right in the focal point of the retina. Thanks to its positioning, it has more photoreceptors than any other part of the retina.
- Photoreceptors – The photoreceptors are special, light-sensitive nerve endings that convert light into electrochemical signals. There are two kinds of photoreceptors: rods and cones.
- Retinal Pigment Epithelium – Underneath the photoreceptors lies a layer of dark tissue known as the retinal pigment epithelium. They absorb any excess light to clarify the photoreceptors’ signal. These cells also move nutrients to the choroid and waste from the photoreceptors.
- Choroid – The choroid lies behind the retina and is independent from the retinal pigment epithelium. It consists of several fine blood vessels supplying nutrition to the retina and the retinal pigment epithelium
- Sclera – The sclera is the outside wall of the eye. It is made of rigid, white, fibrous material connected to the clear cornea in front. The sclera protects any delicate structures inside the eye.
Different Types of Eyes
Most eyeballs are similarly composed, with the basic anatomy of an eye making all its functions possible. However, there are several different types of eye shapes – all of which can be affected differently by natural aging. If you are looking to enhance your eye shape, there is probably a cosmetic injectable out there for you. The following are some of the most common types of eyes:
Sunken eyes, also referred to as “deep-set” eyes, typically look tired and hollow. They are sometimes associated with negative emotions, such as anger or fatigue. Many external factors can cause sunken eyes to manifest. However, for many people, sunken eyes occur naturally either due to genetics or the natural aging process.
Individuals with crinkled eyes may exhibit fine lines at the inner, outer, or under the eyes. These lines are often not visible except when the face is in motion. Over time, these “crinkles” will eventually etch themselves onto the face. These fine lines are also referred to as crow’s feet when they are located in the corners of the eyes.
Hooded eyes are characterized by an excess of skin that folds down from the brow bone to the lash line. Many patients find that their eyes become more hooded over time with age, but it can also be a hereditary trait.
Downturned eyes, also known as droopy or downward eyes, are eyes with a downward tilt at the outer corners. The upper lid may appear much larger than the bottom lid as a result.
What Is The Best Treatment For My Eye Shape?
There are various methods we can use to modify your eye shape, based on successful previous treatment methods that have had transformative effects on our patients. We may recommend using a neuromodulator like Botox to lift the skin and reduce wrinkling, or a cosmetic filler to add natural volume to the area. Let’s break down treatment options by eye type:
Injecting the under-eye area with dermal filler can rejuvenate sunken eyes, making them look happier and more awake. Individuals with sunken eyes typically have prominent shadows above the cheek fat pads. Fillers can help diminish this.
We can inject Botox or a related neuromodulator around any wrinkles and fine lines, no matter which part of the eyes they radiate from (i.e., the inner corners, the outer corners, and the under-eye area). Though this will not reduce cheek movement (which can cause under-eye lines), it will ultimately smooth out the wrinkles specifically created by the orbicularis muscle (the muscle that makes us squint).
Neuromodulators like Botox can temporarily reduce the drooping of the lids and/or the brows, opening the eyes back up to give the appearance of larger eyes. With repeated injections, the eyelids and the eyebrows will likely learn to sink less (meaning you will need less frequent injections over time).
Many causal factors may contribute to downturned eyes. For example, as we age, we naturally lose collagen, elastin, hyaluronic acid, and more. These losses can make the eyes shift slowly. We can work with you to create a personalized plan using neuromodulators, fillers, or a combination of both to help reposition or support the corners of your eyes in your desired position.
What If My Eyes Are Asymmetrical?
Some degree of asymmetry is natural and should be expected in every face. In many cases, eyes appear uneven when it is actually a matter of brow asymmetry, or a strong/weak squint muscle (orbicularis). In such cases, we can inject Botox into your brow or eye area for a non-surgical brow lift and relaxation of the muscles around the eyes.
Treatment Options: Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers, also known colloquially as just “fillers,” are injectable gel-like substances that can restore lost volume, supplement shallow contours, “fill in” creases, and otherwise improve facial aesthetics. They are especially useful in combating signs of aging.
Fillers usually last 6 months to 2 years, which is longer than the 3 to 6 month longevity of neuromodulators (ie Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, Jeuveau, etc.). Dermal fillers are also more affordable than their surgical counterparts and require little recovery time.
Are Dermal Fillers Safe?
Yes — dermal fillers are a safe, FDA-approved treatment. You will get the safest treatment when you go to a qualified, licensed provider. Your ideal injector should be trained and experienced. There are some side effects associated with fillers, but these are typically minor and temporary when administered by the right hands. Ominous side effects are possible, but very rare.
Treatment Options: Botox and Neuromodulators
Botox and other neuromodulators (Dysport, Xeomin, Juveau, etc.) are effective in smoothing out wrinkles and crow’s feet. By temporarily reducing the muscle activity that causes these phenomena, neuromodulators create a smooth, youthful appearance. Repeated injections will eventually train the body to stop overusing these muscles, reducing the appearance of fine lines altogether.
Are Neuromodulators Safe?
Yes. There are over twenty years of published research on Botox, making it one of the most widely researched and studied cosmetic treatments globally. It has been approved for use in 98 countries, and it was the first FDA-approved treatment to temporarily reduce severe crow’s feet, forehead lines, and frown lines. Other neuromodulators like Dysport, Juveau, and Xeomin are also FDA-approved to treat the same facial wrinkles.
Types of Eyes: Frequently Asked Questions
What Are the Different Types of Dermal Fillers?
Hyaluronic acid is the common denominator ingredient for any under-eye filler. Currently, the most popular brand name hyaluronic acid fillers include Juvederm, Voluma, Restylane, Versa, and RHA, but not all of them do well under the eyes. Due to the thin skin texture and water absorbing nature of the under eye region, fillers that don’t absorb much water do best.
Other types of fillers include Poly-L-lactic acid (more commonly known as Sculptra Aesthetic), and calcium hydroxylapatite (more widely known as Radiesse), but these products can cause nodules in the under eye area due to the circular muscles and are usually avoided. Fat transfers (also known as autologous fat transfers, fat grafting, or microlipoinjection) can be a good option but they lack the ability to allow modifications such as dissolving if there are any complications.
What Are Dermal Fillers Made With?
Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body. It is found mostly in the skin, connective tissue, and eyes. Calcium hydroxylapatite also occurs naturally in the body, mainly in the bones. Poly-L-lactic acid is a synthetic substance which is the building block of suture material; it is both biocompatible and biodegradable, making it safe to use in the body.
What Is the Difference Between Dermal Fillers and Neuromodulators?
Neuromodulators like Botox temporarily “freeze” the muscles to stop the formation of any creases and wrinkles caused by facial expressions, usually around the upper face. Dermal fillers are different in that they “fill in” or enhance areas of the face that lack volume.
Neuromodulators typically last around three to four months. The duration of dermal fillers varies based on the specific filler used, but can range anywhere from 3 months to 2 years. It is also essential to keep in mind that each person’s body reacts differently, meaning results may last longer (or shorter) for some than others.
Why Should I Choose Cosmetic Injectables Instead of Surgery?
While there are times that surgery may be the best and most effective option, injectables can provide great results without being invasive. Plastic surgery can be a time-consuming and costly process. The fees for the surgeon, the anesthesiologist, and use of the surgical facility and tools can add up. There’s usually also more time that needs to be taken off from work and other daily activities during recovery.
Cosmetic injectables deliver faster results at a fraction of the price of surgery, usually with considerably less pain and recovery time involved. Sometimes, surgery alone cannot correct the loss of volume that happens with age. So a combination therapy involving surgery and injectables may be the best plan of action.
How Can I Prevent Fine Lines Naturally?
Fine lines are a natural, unavoidable part of aging. However, sun protection goes a long way in prevention. Remember to wear sunscreen every day, and wear sunglasses when you are out. If you are going to be outside for prolonged periods, wear a wide-brimmed hat.
Wrinkling from sun exposure is one of the most common reasons why individuals seek out filler or neuromodulator treatments. Here in Southern California, the sun is out all year round. Residents in the area must take extra caution to ensure sun protection, because your skin can get burned whether it’s January or June.
Will I Look Unnatural and Not Like Myself?
No. The right injector should always make you look like a better version of yourself rather than a brand new person (unless that’s what you want, anyway). In today’s day and age, there is no reason to feel ashamed or anxious about enhancing what you already have.
Can You Guarantee I Will Look Like This Celebrity?
No, we can’t. Though it helps to look at reference photos of celebrities to show an injector your ideal eye shape, keep in mind that not every treatment is for everybody. We will work with you to help you look the best that you can be. Something that looks good on someone else may not look the same on you (and vice versa).
Our founder, Dr. Soleiman, understands that injecting dermal fillers is an art as well as a science. That is why she has studied sculpting, painters, make-up artists, and more. Dr. Soleiman and her staff of master injectors will do everything possible to deliver the best results for you.
Can Men Get Eye Fillers or Botox?
Yes, of course. Anyone who wants to enhance their natural features should feel comfortable doing so. We happily welcome patients of all genders and backgrounds.
How Else Can I Enhance My Eyes?
We are proud to offer Latisse, an FDA-approved prescription liquid that can enhance your eyelashes. Many patients report seeing longer, thicker lashes in as soon as three weeks. Results only continue to get better, reaching their optimal point at the 16-week mark.
Are You Ready to Enhance Your Unique Eye Type? Contact Us
Dr. Soleiman has over a decade of experience working with cosmetic injectables. She is so dedicated to fillers that she has advanced to the faculty level and the Advisory Board with Allergan, the company that makes Botox, Voluma, Juvederm, and Kybella. She has even worked as a clinical researcher for Allergan.
Under Dr. Soleiman’s leadership at Cosmetic Injectables Center, we can help you get one step closer to the look of your dreams. Contact us today via phone or email to speak with one of our professionals and set up a consultation.