The cosmetic appearance of your eyes is important – your eyes are often the first thing people notice, and your eyes say a lot about you. Dark circles under your eyes might reveal that you don’t get enough sleep, for example, while fine lines might suggest you spend too much time in the sun. Crow’s feet, “eleven lines” between your brows, and wrinkles around your eyes might be signs of premature aging.
Fortunately, skincare professionals provide a wide variety of treatments that reduce puffiness, erase wrinkles, and even lift the appearance of sunken eyes.
Treatments to Improve the Appearance of Eyes
Ultherapy lifts and tightens the skin around the neck, brows, and under the chin area, and it improves lines and wrinkles around the eyes. The skin around the eyes is especially sensitive, so it requires a gentle approach to treatment.
The Ultherapy machine uses ultrasound, which harnesses the power of highly-focused sound waves. Doctors use ultrasound to create images of organs inside the body, and prefer it to other imaging techniques because ultrasound is non-invasive, fast, comfortable, and does not expose patients to ionizing radiation. The sound waves bypass the top layers of skin to reach deep into the supportive tissue beneath the skin. There, the sound waves of Ultherapy generate a thermal effect that stimulates the production of collagen.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. Its purpose is to help strengthen connective tissue and improve its elasticity, so skin doesn’t sag. The body slows down collagen production as it ages; lower levels of collagen allow skin to sag, especially around the face, chin, and neck. Stimulating collagen through Ultherapy revitalizes skin for a more youthful appearance. Ultherapy may be combined with other anti-aging treatments.
Microneedling is a versatile procedure that addresses bags and dark circles under the eyes, along with a number of other skin conditions, including scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin texture, loose skin, large pores, brown spots, and more.
Bags and dark circles develop under the eyes as the result of reduced collagen, which weakens the structure of skin. The loss of supportive collagen causes heaviness in the eyelids and droopy eyes. Reduced collagen production also allows fat to shift to the lower eyelids, which creates puffiness and dark circles. Fluids can also accumulate in the space below the eyes to cause swelling and puffiness. Dark circles and bags may also be the result of sleep deprivation, dehydration, high-stress levels, poor diet, or drinking too much alcohol.
Microneedling is a handheld device that contains tiny needles on a roller. The miniscule needles penetrate just below the surface of the skin; the body responds to the controlled injuries by generating new skin cells. Local anesthetic makes microneedling a comfortable, pain-free procedure. It takes only 2 to 3 days for the skin to heal. Most patients benefit from a minimum of 3 sessions, spaced about 6 weeks apart.
Skincare professionals inject dermal fillers into targeted areas of skin to lift and rejuvenate the eyes. The injected material fills in spaces and pushes skin upward. Dermal fillers work best on “static wrinkles,” which are wrinkles that show all of the time. Fillers are most effective for people who have dark circles or bags associated with aging. Dermal fillers also help improve the appearance of sunken eyes associated with the movement of fat pockets.
A number of dermal fillers are available, including Juvéderm®, Restylane®, Radiesse®, Belotero®, and Sculptra®. These fillers contain a number of compounds that act in different ways to address cosmetic issues affecting the skin near the eyes.
Dermal fillers often contain the natural compound, hyaluronic acid, which gives skin its elasticity. The highest concentrations of hyaluronic acid are in the joints, eyes, and skin. Hyaluronic acid attracts water, so it helps plump up skin. As the body ages, though, it produces less hyaluronic acid and this allows skin to sag. Dermal fillers replace hyaluronic acid to restore the youthful appearance of skin. Other compounds in dermal fillers, such as poly-L-lactic acid and calcium hydroxylapatite, invigorate the production of collagen.
Wrinkles develop when muscles bunches the skin together as you smile, frown, or make other facial expressions. Bunching the skin in this way causes lines to form in the skin. Botox works to prevent wrinkles from developing around the eyes by temporarily paralyzing certain muscles. Produced by bacterium Clostridium botulinum, Botox is a protein that blocks the nerve signals that make muscles move. Preventing the muscles from moving allows skin to relax and lets wrinkles soften.
Eye creams help prevent the visible signs of aging near the eyes. Specially formulated eye creams deliver moisture and other ingredients to the delicate skin around the eyes. These ingredients reduce the look of bags, soothe puffiness, even out skin tone, and keep the skin nourished and supple. Eye creams may contain antioxidants, for example, which revitalize the appearance of dull, tired, and sagging skin. Other ingredients lessen the appearance of wrinkles, minimize puffiness, reduce dark circles, and even help strengthen and protect skin.
Eye creams produce moderate results, but the effects are typically temporary and disappear once you stop using the product. Eye creams can also be a hassle to fit into daily skincare routines. Other eye treatments, such as Ultherapy, microneedling, dermal fillers, and Botox provide longer lasting results without daily hassles.
For more information about eye treatments to reduce the visible signs of aging or other cosmetic issues, schedule a consultation with one of our skincare professionals.