Your eyes, windows to aging?
In the 1950’s the free radical theory of aging (FRTA) was discovered. It states that organisms age because cells accumulate free radical damage over time. Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms with an odd (unpaired) number of electrons and can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules. These in turn can start a chain reaction, interacting, and disrupting cellular components such as DNA, or the cell membrane. Following this, cells may function poorly or die.
To prevent free radical damage, the body has a defense system of antioxidants. Antioxidants are molecules which can safely interact with free radicals and terminate the chain reaction before vital molecules are damaged. The principle micronutrient (vitamin) antioxidants are vitamin E, beta-carotene, and vitamin C.
In your 20’s and 30’s you see little effects of aging, but free radicals are at work. The eyes are often the first age related area of complaint on the face. They break down and damage skin around the eyes; causing loss of collagen and elastin.
Protecting the skin around the eyes early on can prevent damage later. Eat right. Get enough sleep. Develop an effective beauty routine; including make-up removal and Eye cream, night and day. Limit sun exposure; use SPF sunscreen and sunglasses for UV rays. Use cold therapy for dry eyes, headaches or sinuses, and puffy eyes. Have your eyesight tested regularly, to avoid squinting, which can cause fine lines and crows feet.
Eyes age at different rates, due to genetics, bone structure, skin quality and the effects of the sun.
Cosmetic surgery may be the ultimate solution to addressing signs of aging around the eyes. Options include:
Blepharoplasty of the Lower Lids: Eliminates drooping Basset-hound eyes. Wrinkled crepe like skin under the eyes is pulled up and cut off, stitched along the line of the lower lashes and directly below the pink part or conjunctiva.
Blepharoplasty of the Upper Lids: Drooping Hooded Eyelids. Incision made in the fold of the lid, excess fat or skin is removed, tiny stitches to close incision.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”