What Is It?
The eyes are the first thing we see when we meet another person and are one of the first places to show the changes of ageing. The skin under the eye is tissue paper thin, which can more easily lead itself to wrinkles, discoloration and volume loss.
The skin on the eyelids becomes loose due to ageing and a sagging forehead/brow is another important cause. For the majority of the time, it is a combination of these two factors that create a tired look. Drooping Eyelids treatment normally involve Non-surgical options such as botulinum toxin, tissue tightening (Ultraformer III) and lasers (Botox® Cosmetic, Dysport® or Xeomin®) can help lift droopy eyelids by relaxing the muscle groups that pull the lids down, thus allowing the elevator (lifting) muscles to raise the lids up. In some cases the collagen loss is too great for non-surgical procedures to be of benefit. Such cases usually require surgery (blepharoplasty).
Short and thin eyelashes can occur in any patient. Many women will be classified as having “normal” eyelashes but would like to have them longer, thicker and darker. There is an excellent treatment for those with this concern called Latisse. Latisse is a prescription topical drop applied to the eyelash line daily which promotes the eyelashes to grow longer, fuller and darker. Around 16 weeks of daily application are required, but maintenance of the results can often be accomplished with twice weekly treatment.
Under Eye Circles
Volume loss under the eye (hollowness) is largely responsible for circles under the eyes. As we age we lose fat and this is an area where the loose fat shields what lies underneath – blood vessels (purple) and muscle (reddish brown) which appear to be brownish/gray when viewed through the thin skin of the lower eyelid. The most suitable Under Eye Circle treatment is an injectable filler such as Restylane. This product works because it places a layer of gel over the darker structure and gently rises up the hollow, improving the transparency and making the skin bright and reflective.
In some cases, the circles under the eyes are caused by loose skin or by skin pigmentation. “Loose skin” is where there is too much skin and it gets folded over and causes the skin to look darker. You could tell if your skin is too loose by trying to spread it out with your fingers. If it looks lighter when you spread it, then it is loose. The remedy for this would be either laser rejuvenation or a surgical procedure.
Having allergies or eczema causes another type of pigmentation on the eyes which is due to frequent rubbing of the eyes, resulting in skin thickening, which makes the skin appear darker. Treating the underlying allergies is the only effective approach for this.
Under Eye Wrinkles
Under eye wrinkles are difficult to treat on the face due to the very fine skin, as well as the proximity to the eye. There are many creams designed to improve the content of collagen-elastin under the eye which we offer, but we usually deal with the loose skin or eye wrinkles with carbon dioxide fractional laser resurfacing (Smart Xide Dot laser, Fraxel Restore Dual). This procedure has the advantage of being precise and promoting quick healing and therefore is one of the best Under Eye Wrinkle treatments available.
What’s the next step?
If you already have an appointment booked at The Skin Specialist Centre, you can easily add an Ageing Eyes treatment/consultation to your booking by calling our friendly team on (09) 524 5011. If you have never been to The Skin Specialist Centre, you can either give us a call on (09) 524 5011 or make an enquiry by clicking on the Enquire Now option below.