Do you know why the skin around your eyes and lips are the first to show signs of aging? “On top of being the thinnest skin in your body, there are 3 “caves” in our facial skeleton – the two eye sockets and the oral cavity (mouth)”, explains Dr Chia Hui Ling, from SW1 Plastic Surgery Clinic, “and overlying these hollowed areas, the skin and tissues have less support and are more prone to premature aging, such as sagginess and wrinkles.” That explains why the skin around the eyes suffers from wrinkles first and looks more sunken with age.
“Over time, these caves also expand as our bone shrinks with age, worsening the problem,” added Dr Chia, who specializes in eyelid rejuvenation and surgeries. On top of showing extra TLC to the skin around your eyes, try these 5 tried-and-tested treatments which helps to reverse aging eye changes and return the sparkle to your eyes.
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1. Brighten Those Peepers
Dark eye circles are the result of one or more of the following causes:
- Haemosiderin staining caused by iron pigment that leaks from very fragile veins around the eyes
- Dark skin pigmentation
- Sunken eyes
So the best way to tackle panda eyes is a three-pronged approach to target all 3 culprits.
Haemosiderin deposition is responsible for the blue/purple discolouration under the eyes. One effective way to camouflage this is the use of an orange-based concealer or corrector, like Bobbi Brown Under Eye Corrector. Orange neutralises the bluish tone of the eye circle, making it easier to cover the discolouration and brighten the eye area. Piling on a non-neutralizing concealer may hide the circles but often leave a greyish hue over the concealed area. Use the colour opposite the colour wheel to neutralise the colour. So if your eye circles are reddish brown, try a green-based corrector. A longer lasting way to conceal eye circles and freshen the eye area by lifting the shadows around the eyes is the use of ultra-fine HA fillers or Nanofat. When injected in to the eyelid skin, they help to mask discolourations and plump up the skin.
Dark skin pigmentation are at the mercy of the toning lasers, which target and break up pigmentation. To achieve a brightening effect, at least a few sessions are required. Sunken eyes will benefit greatly from plumping up the area with filler or fat grafting, which lifts the dark shadows of around the eyes. Using your own fat as a filler, also known as fat grafting or fat transfer, has more than just a plumping effect. Fat contains stem cells that promotes skin regeneration at the same time. After each injection, some of the fat injected will resorb (dissolve) but a good portion, around 50% remains, which give lasting results. Nanofat, your very own powerhouse of stem cells and growth factors, will also boost skin regeneration and repair.
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2. Resculpt Your Eyelids
Eyelid surgery, or Blepharoplasty, is one of the commonest cosmetic procedures because it gives a dramatic beautification to the eyes. Eyelid surgeries can create bigger eyes, sculpt double eyelid folds, correct sagginess, remove eyebags and wrinkles and improve eye circles. Because of its proximity to the cheeks, a cheek lift can be done at the same time as a lower blepharoplasty, to restore the apples of your cheeks. Heavy eyelids, due to sagging brows, will benefit from a Brow Lift, which re-elevates the brows to a higher, more aesthetic level and removing the heaviness of the eyelids at the same time. Although surgery produces more effective results then non-surgical options, it is accompanied by downtime, which last 1-2 weeks depending on the extent of the surgery.
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3. Non-Invasive Treatments for Eye Rejuvenation
The latest laser technology has the capability to reverse early aging eye changes. We speak to Dr Michelle Lim, an Aesthetic Consultant and Laser expert, from SW1 Clinic on the non-surgical treatments for eye rejuvenation. “The use of lasers for rejuvenation is very effective on the thin eyelid skin,” explains Dr Lim, “but due to closeness to the eye, not all lasers can be used on the eyelids.” Fractionated carbon dioxide laser (SmartX Lite Eye) effectively targets the collagen in the skin, which helps to tighten saggy upper and lower eyelids. Another way to rejuvenate this delicate area of the face is the use of cutting edge plasma energy. The Neogen Plasma delivers precise pulses at a depth which boost collagen production, giving a lifting and smoothing effect to the tired eyelids. The two treatments are combined in SW1 Clinic’s Miracle Eye Reviver Program, one of their top-selling programs for non-surgical eye rejuvenation. Thermage Eye delivers radiofrequency waves, which penetrates deep into the skin to stimulate your body’s natural renewal of collagen, resulting in skin tightening and contouring.