Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Don't Want Your Eyes Shouting Your Age? Just Think About the 4 Rs!

Dermatology Expert Offers Ideas for Younger-Looking Eyes

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Eyes are called the windows to the soul, but the fine lines around the eyes can be the voice that shouts the reality of our age. In fact, crow’s feet - the fine wrinkles around the eyes - can start showing up on a person as early as their late 20s.

“These wrinkles seem to be the telltale sign of age since they often expand and deepen over time,” said Rebecca Tung, MD, director of the dermatology division at Loyola University Health System.

According to Tung, the primary cause is from thinning of the delicate eyelid skin. This is due to the aging process, sun exposure and repetitive movement from smiling and squinting.

“While nothing in life is better than expressing joy, seeing etched lines in the mirror can be discouraging. But that’s no reason to stop sharing your beautiful smile,” Tung said.

As we age our body reduces the amount of collagen it produces, which causes skin to lose its elasticity and firmness.

To fend off these signs of aging while maintaining your inner smile and expression, Tung suggests reacquainting yourself with your dermatologist and the four Rs.

Relax. The muscles around our eyes get a good workout. A dermatologist can use injections to help those muscles to relax, lessening the visible lines.

Refill. With age our skin loses its volume, but it can be pumped up and recontoured with injectable fillers.

Resurface. To help smooth the lines, a dermatologist can use laser treatments or chemical peels.

Rest. There is nothing like getting a full night’s sleep to help beautify your body from the inside out.

Patients often benefit from a combination of treatments that can be done in the doctor’s office and have little to no downtime.

“It’s important to follow up with daily sunscreen use and apply an eye cream or serum as well to make your results last. Sunglasses are a great defense against wrinkles since they help us not to squint. Wear them every day, no matter the weather. Your eyes will thank you,” Tung said.

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About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.