Stop Wrinkles Before They Start

Once a wrinkle has made even the faintest emergence on your skin, it’s harder to get rid of than if it were treated while it was forming. According to Barrington, IL, dermatologist Amy Derick, MD, Botox and Dysport can be used to inhibit wrinkles from occurring, especially in wrinkle-prone areas, like around your eyes and forehead. It’s never too early to start taking preventative measures. “I have patients in their early 20s that use Botox because they notice resting lines beginning to form. There’s really no cutoff for age when it comes to stopping the aging process,” she adds.

How Your Doctor Can Treat It

“When I see a young patient with dark circles and bags, and surgery isn’t an option, the best mode of treatment is with hyaluronic acid fillers, which fill in hollows to give the illusion of fewer bags. Now, there are no shadows, and the dark pigmentation is diminished,” says St. Augustine, FL, facial plastic surgeon Deirdre Leake, MD, adding that you’ll also want to use Retin-A and a product with growth factors to thicken thinning skin around the eyes. Another method of treating dark circles is with conservative use of hydroquinone, which may be irritating to some. Chemical peels, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) or fractional CO2 lasers can also help tighten the under-eye area. “If your under-eye bags are excessively poochy, they need to be dealt with surgically with lower blepharoplasty,” says Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, facial plastic surgeon Yadro Ducic, MD. Fillers starting at $500; laser treatments starting at $200 per treatment, depending on technology used

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