Skin (in all areas of the body) changes as we age. The skin around the eyes is one of the most vulnerable areas, as it is naturally thinner than the rest of the body. It is also among the first ones to show signs of aging or age prematurely. Crow’s feet, bags, and dark circles are some of the eye concerns that can make you look older.
If the area around your eyes seems to be betraying your age, you may be glad to know that there are temporary and more permanent fixes that can help. Continue reading to learn more about at-home and in-office treatments for the most common eye area concerns.
The area under the eyes can darken due to a number of reasons. Fluid retention, thinning skin (or constricted blood vessels), and sleep deprivation are some of the most common contributors to this eye concern. A combination of eye products, cosmetic treatments, and healthy lifestyle changes can help improve their appearance.
Eye products with niacinamide, retinol, or peptides can help. At Cutis Medical Laser Clinics, we have the Elastifirm Eye Restore with Peptides and Arnica, which can reduce dark circles, as well as puffiness and fine lines. It can improve microcirculation and blood flow to reduce the build-up of melanin and dilated blood vessels that contribute to the darkened under eye area.
If you’re looking for a longer-lasting remedy, dermal fillers are worth considering. They can fill out hollows (tear troughs) that cast a shadow under the eyes. If volume loss or hollowness is what’s causing your dark circles, fillers can improve their appearance for several months. Lasers and chemical peels can also help if fillers don’t suit your concerns.
Eye bags or puffiness
Allergies, excessive salt intake, and fluid retention due to lack of sleep can contribute to the appearance of eye bags or puffy eyes. Aging also plays a part, as the muscles and supportive tissues around the eye weaken and relax. Puffiness, furthermore, is usually accompanied by dark undereye circles.
If the cause of swelling is allergies, treating the symptoms with antihistamine resolves the issue. If it is, however, due to aging or loss of skin elasticity, the aforementioned eye cream can help. It contains Arnica, which is an anti-inflammatory ingredient that can reduce inflammation that causes puffiness.
Eye products with caffeine and getting enough sleep can also do wonders for your appearance. You can also check out our previous blog for tips on how to wake up tired eyes.
When it comes to in-office treatments, dermal fillers can fill the trough and help lift the under-eye area. They can also improve the appearance of dark circles and fine lines for a younger-looking appearance.
We also have the Plasmage®, which is a non-surgical procedure that can treat both the upper and lower eyelid skin. It can help remove excess skin in the area through sublimation or dissolving the skin’s top layer. It promotes collagen production and tightening of the skin fibers, which helps lift and rejuvenate the skin around the eyes.
Squinting due to the sun, smoking (to protect your eyes from the smoke), and laughing can result in crow’s feet or wrinkles around the eyes. Our Fibroblast Growth Factor serum can help, as it targets age-related degradation and reactivates collagen activity. The product also boosts skin density, texture, and firmness.
Apart from this serum, you can also benefit from daily sun protection around the eyes. This means wearing sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat or using an umbrella when going out. Eye masks with hyaluronic acid and other hydrating ingredients are also a good addition to your skincare essentials.
For a more permanent solution, consider injectables like Botox. This works by temporarily blocking the signal from a nerve to a muscle to relax the wrinkles or soften the muscle contractions. Small amounts of hyaluronic acid fillers can also help smooth or reduce deep lines for several months.
Droopy brows or eyelids
Drooping eyebrows can be due to aging or eye conditions that weaken the eyelid muscles. No cream or serum can lift or remove excess skin, which is why you need to undergo surgery or other non-surgical alternatives to eliminate the droopiness and rejuvenate your eyes.
As previously mentioned, our clinic has the Plasmage®, which is a non-surgical alternative to blepharoplasty (surgical removal of excess skin, fat, and muscles). It uses a pen-like device that emits plasma energy, which creates dots of trauma on the eyelid skin. It removes excess skin tissues through sublimation or evaporation, lifting droopy brows and tightening the skin around the eye area.
Ultherapy is also worth considering, as it can lift the skin under the brows and smooth fine lines. It uses time-tested focused ultrasound energy that heats the skin’s deeper layers and triggers collagen production. Botox can also be used to raise the brow and the muscles underneath.
Taking better care of your eyes with a proper skin care regimen can help prevent or delay signs of aging. Just do take note that skincare products have their limitations. Non-invasive and minimally invasive treatments offer noticeable and longer-lasting results that can make your eyes look more youthful and rejuvenated.
Contact Cutis Medical Laser Clinics Singapore today and schedule a consultation with our aesthetic doctor to learn more about our medical-grade products and non-surgical treatments specifically for the eye area.