Eyes on 2022 – Effective Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatments for Aging Eyes

We often hear people say in order to be happy, you need to feel comfortable in your own skin. While there is obviously a much deeper meaning to this that goes well beyond a purely aesthetic perspective, how you feel about the health and look of your skin does play a big part in how you feel about your overall appearance and self-confidence. As the founder of Aundrea Nurse Inc, I want to help others by educating them on the benefits of this innovative industry and the difference that it has allowed me to make in peoples’ lives above and beyond naturally fighting the aging process. 

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The New Year for many of us is all about bringing in the new, making personal changes, and a commitment to bettering our lives. So, what better way to kick off the New Year than a little refresher to how we look and feel. A perfect place to start can be our eyes. As we age, the eye area is often one of the first places we start to see signs of aging. This area of the face can be more prone to the signs of aging because it is extremely delicate, so any fat loss or loss of skin elasticity that naturally occurs with aging can be more noticeable. Things like crow’s feet, under eye dark circles or puffiness, sagging brows and heavy or hooded eyelids are some of the most common issues many people experience. Today, with new technologies and the growing number of non-invasive procedures, there are some great options to help reduce some of these issues in a way that looks and feels natural. Here are some of the most common treatments.

Crow’s Feet

Just like the name suggests, crow’s feet are those fine lines that branch out from the corners of the eyes, typically in the shape of a bird’s foot. These fine lines develop as we age because of years of blinking or squinting, laughing, and frowning. While a natural part of aging, crow’s feet can make you look and feel older. And the more you use the tiny muscles around your eyes, it stands to reason, the more wrinkles you may have and the sooner they will start to show up. These small wrinkles may appear more when you laugh or squint or they may be visible all of the time and are called dynamic or static wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are the tiny wrinkles that form around the corners of your eyes and are typically caused by blinking, squinting, frowning, or even smiling—our everyday facial expressions. Static wrinkles, on the other hand, are the wrinkles caused by normal aging and a loss of elastin, which normally keeps the skintight and firm. As we lose elastin, the skin becomes loose and sags and harder to retain its youthful feel and shape, resulting in permanent lines. Depending on the severity and the type of treatment, however, crow’s feet can often be temporarily reversed, or at the very least, minimized. Three of the most common treatments for crow’s feet are Botox, dermal fillers, and chemical peels.

  • Botox (Botulinum toxin) — Botox is a neuromodulator that is typically best as a treatment for dynamic wrinkles, those that are just starting to develop, as it is not as effective on those deeper, more permanent static wrinkles. Botox works by “freezing” the muscles, which prevents them from contracting, thus smoothing out any wrinkles It is injected directly into the affected area using a very fine needle and its effect typically shows within a week or two and can last upwards of four months or so.
  • Dermal fillers — These injections, which are typically hyaluronic acid or collagen, “fill” out any area that is depressed or hollow looking or those areas that have wrinkles or fine lines. This can be a really good option for treating those deeper, static wrinkles. Derma fillers also tend to be a more natural-looking way to treat crow’s feet.
  • Chemical peels — Chemical peels use an acidic solution to remove the top layer of older skin, revealing the layer of new, smoother skin underneath. Chemical peels can range in intensity from superficial peels to medium-depth peels to deeper peels and are often a very effective way to treat the appearance of fine lines or wrinkles, especially crow’s feet.

Under Eye Dark Circles or Puffiness

Under eye circles can be a common issue in aging, although this condition is also common in much younger people. There are many reasons for dark circles, including lack of sleep, stress, allergies, skin tone and genetics. Dark circles can range in colour and intensity—they are often a purplish or bluish colour and can be faint or extremely dark, depending on the thickness of the skin. As the skin ages, it loses collagen and subcutaneous fat and becomes hollower under the eyes where the skin can become thinner, almost translucent looking, to the point the tiny vessels underneath are more visible. Topical serums and creams, derma fillers and chemical peels are often a great option for these issues.

  • Topical serums and creams — Prescription retinoid can help thicken the skin in this area and increase new cell growth, which can help to decrease the look of dark circles. Creams or serums that are high in ceramides, hyaluronic acid, or peptides can help to hydrate and stimulate the growth of collagen and elastin in aging skin, as well as help to plump the skin, and are also effective. Many creams and serums that use potent antioxidants, such as vitamins A, C, and E, can also be helpful to reduce the look of dark, under-eye circles. For puffy eyes, vasoconstriction products that contain caffeine are often a good choice, as well as products that help to reduce inflammation, such as those that contain antioxidants, peptides and/or hyaluronic acid.
  • Derma fillers — Dermal fillers can add volume to saggy areas of skin, which helps to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles by smoothing out the area. As well, some derma fillers can help boost the production of collagen and elastin, which helps to improve the look of bagginess and hyperpigmentation in dark circles.
  • Chemical peels — Chemical peels are often helpful for these issues as they offer a deep exfoliation of older, dead skin, and exposes the healthy, new skin underneath. Chemical peels can help to stimulate new skin growth that is stronger and thicker and more vibrant.

Sagging Brows and Heavy Eyelids (Hooded Eyes)

As we age and our skin naturally starts to lose elastin, subcutaneous fat and collagen, and it starts to sag. This can be especially noticeable on the eyelids and eyebrows as they start to sag. There are several good non-surgical options that can help with this issue, including Botox and derma fillers.

  • Botox — Botox can be especially helpful to lift the outer tail end of the eyebrow. This not only helps to elevate the brow, but it can also help lift the upper eyelid to reveal some of the eyelid skin that appears depressed. By injecting Botox into both the lower portion of the forehead and around the outer eyebrow tail, it paralyzes the depressor muscle that causes the eyebrow to droop but still allows the elevator muscles to raise the eyebrows. Even a very small amount of lift can make a huge difference to the overall look of the eyes, typically resulting in a more refreshed, vibrant and awake look that can take years off.
  • Derma fillers — Dermal fillers can add volume and can be very helpful when targeting droopy eyelids. When injected into the temples they can help to lift the eyes and brows. By increasing the volume of the temples with a filler, it can also help take away that “gaunt” look that can make people look and feel older. Dermal fillers that contain hyaluronic acid can be very effective in the tear trough area, which is the area around the inner corner of your eye and trails down along the side of your nose to your cheek.

While aging will always be a natural part of the life cycle, there are now many effective and non-surgical ways to help us age more gracefully. Regardless of the type of treatment you choose, it is just as important to ensure you work with a qualified esthetic specialist who understands how each of the products work and how to naturally contour your face. 

 

by Aundrea Ritchie