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Why Your Eyes Show Your Age (or Youth) the Most

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Per the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s journal, Ophthalmology, people make judgements of others’ age based almost solely on their eyes and the skin around them. They say the eyes are the windows to the soul, and it seems that people can tell just how old your soul might be just by looking at them.

The Unique Study

Researcher Huy Tu Nguyen, MD, who works with the Harvard Department of Ophthalmology, along with his colleagues, studied 47 younger adults who were asked to look at and analyze the faces of older adults on a computer screen. These individuals were fitted with special eye-tracking cameras that allowed the researchers to better understand the parts of the faces the individuals looked at the longest.

Their findings were quite interesting. The 47 participants tended to look longer at the eyes of the individuals on the screen and use that information to gauge their perceived age. Following the eyes, the participants also considered the forehead and nose region the longest when making their determinations. What’s more, when the participants were asked to gauge whether or not the faces on the screen were fatigued, the participants seemed to analyze the very same areas – the eyes, then the forehead and area around the nose.

The Conclusion

Though the study was quite small, the researchers were able to conclude that the eye region is by far one of the most important areas of the face when it comes to making judgments about age and fatigue levels. In fact, they went so far as to say that aesthetic surgery to the eye region may be an “effective intervention” for enhancing the perceived attractiveness of individuals who were considered aged or tired.

Do You Need an Eye Procedure?

Though the way others see you should have no bearing on your decision to have cosmetic surgery, how you perceive yourself should. If you look in the mirror and see your eyes reflecting age and fatigue, then some sort of cosmetic surgery may be just the trick for revitalizing your appearance and restoring your overall confidence. These procedures range in complexity and invasiveness, and each one has its own unique benefits. You might opt for a brow lift, an eyelid lift, or even a complete facelift depending on your unique wants and needs.

Scheduling a Consultation

The best way to discover whether an eye surgery is right for you is to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon. He or she will consider your medical history, your current appearance, and even your reasoning behind the surgery. If you are a good candidate, your doctor will go over the procedure with you in detail and provide you with information about recovery times, too. The recovery times and process will vary from person to person and from procedure to procedure, so be sure to ask questions.

The eyes really do change the way people perceive you, and researchers have shown that people often use your eyes to judge your age and your level of fatigue. If you are concerned with the appearance of your eyes, schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon today to learn more about your options.

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