Fact: The area around your eyes is one of the first places to show signs of ageing? The skin around your eyes is extremely thin and delicate and is the first to reflect the effects of lack of sleep, sun damage and repeated facial movements like squinting. So if you’ve noticed dark circles, fine lines or crow’s feet, or even eye bags, you’re not alone and there are ways to combat each one of these concerns. But first, let’s understand what causes them.
Fine lines and crow’s feet
As we grow older collagen and elastin fibres—which are responsible for keeping our skin plump and bouncy—become thinner and looser. This results in wrinkling and sagging, plus, your skin takes a little longer to bounce back from any facial expressions. All this is more evident around the eyes as the skin is much thinner than the rest of your face and body. Sun damage can speed up this process. Repeated facial movements and expressions like squinting and smiling also contribute to the formation of fine lines and crow’s feet.
With the loss of collagen and elastin the skin around the eyes gets thinner, and blood vessels under become more visible, giving the appearance of darkness under the eyes. Loss of volume around the eyes also makes the area look more sunken making it look like you have a shadow under the eyes. Genetics is another reason you could have dark circles and this is known as periorbital hyperpigmentation. The appearance of dark circles and shadows under can be exacerbated by dehydration, lack of sleep and alcohol consumption.
As we age the entire face loses volume and elasticity due to loss of collagen and elastin as well as weakening for the facial muscles. As the skin around the eyes becomes lax, and the muscles supporting your eyelids weaken, it starts to sag. Simultaneously the fat and fluid from around the eyes move in a downward direction due to gravity leading to the formation of eye bags.
If these are beauty concerns for you and your goal is to combat them, our experienced doctors will recommend the most suitable treatment for you after an in-depth consultation. Here are some of the treatments they are likely to recommend:
This treatment works to target the accumulated fat and fluid as well as to lift and tighten the lax skin under the eyes. During your 75-minute session—which includes the time it requires for your numbing cream to take effect—the accumulation of fat is targeted first with radiofrequency (RF) microneedling. The microneedles deliver RF energy to precisely target the fat, which is then destroyed and naturally eliminated from the body. Next, the sagging skin is lifted with a threadlift. Not only does this immediately improve the look of sagging skin, it also stimulates the body to produce more collagen. Over time the skin around the eyes looks lifted, taut and firm.
Restore volume, smooth lines and wrinkles and even brighten the skin around the eyes with these non-surgical and minimally invasive injectables. A gel like substance, dermal fillers are FDA-approved and made of substances that are naturally occurring in the body [for example, hyaluronic acid and Calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA)] or synthetic substances like Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), which are biocompatible with the body. Softer fillers are usually used around the eyes and the results are naturally refreshed, smoother and brighter under eyes in just one session. Depending on the filler used and the individual, results can last from six months to two years.
Rejuvenate the skin around the eyes with this treatment that promises to tackle fine lines, eye bags, dark circles and crow’s feet. Polydeoxyribonucleotide or PDRN which is extracted from salmon DNA and is biocompatible with the human body is injected into various points around the eye. The PDRN used in this treatment is much thinner than the one used for the face as the skin around the eye is thinner and more delicate. Once inside the body, it is absorbed by the cells and helps to reduce inflammation, promote healing, repair existing DNA while helping it grow and slow down ageing. It also helps to stimulate collagen production to smooth fine lines and crow’s feet, and reduce the appearance of dark circles and eye bags.
This FDA-approved non-surgical skin contouring and sculpting treatment relies on the body’s ability to produce collagen to help tighten and lift the skin around the eyes. It triggers the body into producing collagen by safely and gently heating the collagen-rich deeper layers of skin in a controlled manner using radiofrequency (RF) energy. Increased collagen production helps to tighten and firm the skin around the eyes over time so you look naturally rejuvenated and refreshed.