Changes that occur around the eyes are common. For example, hollowing under the eyes occurs naturally over time and can be associated with a number of things such as age, weight loss, lack of sleep, and genetics. Depending on the person, a number of treatment options are available.
The first piece of advice for anyone with concerns in the area around the eyes is to use a good sunscreen and a good eye cream every day. Look for a sunscreen with SPF of at least 30 with broad spectrum protection. The A E Skin Green Tea Essentials Enlightening Eye Cream is an outstanding product containing vitamins and nutrients to help with concerns in this delicate area. Improvement is seen in terms of fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, puffiness, and bags.
Loose Skin Around the Eyes
If the skin around the eyes is loose and has fine lines and wrinkles, treatments should address that. These fine lines and wrinkles occur due to lack of collagen. Collagen is the protein in the skin that keeps the skin firm and tight. As we mature we lose collagen and as a result fine lines are seen over time. Treatments such as the fractional CO2 laser resurfacing can provide outstanding results for such concerns. There may be a week or more of recovery time – redness and swelling. But the results can be outstanding and last for years. This treatment sometimes works for bags under the eyes because it tightens the skin. It will also help with pigment in the area.
Hollowing Under the Eyes
Another common concern is hollowing under the eyes, which is very common. This is due to volume loss that occurs naturally over time. At birth we have a fat pad directly under the eye. As we age, the fat pad gets smaller and the bony structure of the face changes such that the fat pad also descends. This volume loss is seen as hollowing under the eyes. Fillers such as Volbella can be placed to restore lost volume under the eyes. This is a quick treatment and most people enjoy their results for six to 12 months.
Crow’s feet are the lines seen around the eyes (between the eyes and ears) when people smile or squint. These are caused by muscles contracting and can be treated with Botox to relax the muscle. Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the world. It is very fast, safe, and effective. Full results are seen by two weeks, but most people start to notice improvement in the first three to seven days. Most people enjoy their results for three to four months, at which point a maintenance treatment is recommended.
The eyelashes are also a common concern. Over time we lose the thickness and fullness of the hairs in this area. Latisse is a prescription-strength product that is applied nightly and leads to darker, fuller lashes. Initial results are seen in about four weeks and full results are seen after three to four months of nightly use. As long as you continue using it, you will continue to enjoy the results. Many people also apply it on the brows to thicken the brows.