Your Complete Guide To Eye RejuvenationJune 26, 2020
As we wear masks in more public spaces, our eyes become the thing that make the first impression for us. Does the skin around your eyes age differently to the rest of your face? Is anti-ageing around the eyes different to overall anti-ageing? Technically, the answers are both yes and no.
The skin around your eyes is prone to the same signs of ageing as the rest of your face. This includes volume loss, loss of elasticity and dynamic wrinkles (caused by facial expressions). You may notice loose skin causing hooded eyelids.
The difference is that the skin around your eyes is much thinner than anywhere else on your body, and the supportive fat pads are softer and more delicate, so this area is prone to showing signs of ageing much earlier. It’s also more heavily impacted by other factors such as sleep, diet, circulatory concerns and stress, which can lead to dark circles.
There are regular products and treatments that can help with anti-ageing around the eyes, but for some peri-ocular concerns, you may need something a little more tailored.
As we start to get older, our skin produces less collagen each year, causing it to sink and lose elasticity. As the forehead and brow area start to sink, some of us get a bit of a hooded eyelid, it’s just extra skin.
The non-surgical blepharoplasty involves a non-invasive ultrasound treatment such as Ultraformer, and a brow-lift achieved with anti-wrinkle injection.
“Because Ultraformer stimulates so much collagen, it really helps to strengthen the skin and gift it some lift,” Cosmetic Nurse Kellie explains. As Ultraformer uses ultrasound energy (and none of the light you get from a laser treatment) it is safe to apply the treatment to the skin right next to the eye, making it safer for hooded eyelids.
“After Ultraformer, we can put a little bit of anti-wrinkle product in the depressor muscles on the forehead so you get a little bit of a lift there too,” Kellie adds.
Dark circles around the eyes are very common, especially in olive skin tones (Fitzpatrick scale IV or V). They can be caused by fatigue, iron deficiency, ageing or eye strain, but you can also be more genetically predisposed. The circles are partly due to how these factors effect circulation and vascularity around the eyes where the skin is thinner (or where it becomes thinner with age).
Arnica and Vitamin K can help improve circulation when applied topically. Both are commonly used to treat bruising, and they work in a similar way to reduce dark circles around the eyes. To help keep your skincare routine simple, look for an eye serum with both.
In terms of professional treatments, “the Growth Factor Plus is one of our most effective treatments for dark under-eye circles,” says Cosmetic Nurse Kellie. It’s a cocktail combination of superficial Glow Factor and Growth Factor injections.
The Growth Factor Injection is also known as PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma). It can be harvested in clinic from a sample of your blood, and then small amounts are injected into the skin to help boost regeneration and repair.
The Glow Factor, also known as the Beauty Booster or MicroFiller, is basically an injection that delivers very small amounts of hydrating filler and antioxidants into the surface of the skin.
Kellie explains that dark circles become more prominent as the delicate peri-ocular skin becomes thinner with age and the blood underneath the skin shows through. The Glow Factor Injection helps to strengthen and thicken the skin, so that you don’t see through it as much, and it also helps brighten the skin tone. When paired with Growth Factors, they help promote collagen and strengthen the skin for even better results.
Wrinkles and Sagging Skin
For wrinkles and sagging skin under the eyes, there are a few non-surgical treatment options available, depending on your specific condition.
“One of our most successful non-invasive treatment combinations for the eye area is the Ultraformer and SmoothEye combination,” says Senior Clinician Yeliz. She explains that the Ultraformer, which may also be known as High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) or the Non-Surgical Facelift, uses ultrasound energy to stimulate collagen production in the deeper layers of your skin. Collagen production helps keep your skin plump, elastic and youthful, and restoration of collagen can help reduce sagging and wrinkles.
SmoothEye is a gentle laser resurfacing treatment designed for the delicate area around the eyes which helps to soften the fine lines on the surface of the skin.
“Ultraformer lifts and tightens the deeper layer of the skin and EyeSmooth treats the surface,” Yeliz says.
As mentioned above, there are three ways in which our skin ages; volume loss, loss of elasticity and wrinkles. These signs can appear differently in different people. Bags beneath the eyes appear because of a combination of lost volume and elasticity.
“Again, we can try Ultraformer as it is a powerful, non-invasive skin tightening tool, but in some cases, it can only do so much,” Nurse Kellie says. If she doesn’t think you’ll get a powerful result from Ultraformer alone, she might recommend a bit of filler to the tear troughs for a subtle fix, or a combination between Ultraformer and filler. “It really depends on the nature of the skin and how much volume it requires versus how much it’s begun to sag,” she says.
Regular use of a good, anti-ageing eye serum will also help improve your Ultraformer results, Yeliz adds, because it provides your skin with the nutrients it needs to continue replenishing that extra collagen.
The best place to start is with a complimentary consultation with an experienced cosmetic provider to discuss the treatment options that are best suited to you.
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