The under-eye area is the most delicate area of the face, hence the first part to show signs of aging. So if you are concerned about always looking more tired than you feel because of those nasty crown feet and dark circles, you are certainly not alone.
Dr. Nina can work with you to design a course of treatment targeting the under-eye area to reduce the signs of aging and give you a natural and fresh look without the need of undergoing invasive surgery.
As always, we can’t stress enough how important it is that you first come in for a consultation with Dr. Nina. During this time she will thoroughly assess your case and suggest one treatment, or a combination of treatments, to tighten the skin under your eyes, depending on your skin and expectations.
What Causes Under Eyes Skin Issues?
Under-eye bags, dark circles, and a hollowed-out look under the eyes can make you look exhausted and older than your actual age, even when you are well-rested. Not to mention wrinkles and crown feet that for some people might start appearing even in their 20s.
Darkness in the tear trough area is often genetic, and some people naturally have sunken eyes to varying degrees, which cast shadows underneath the lid. But there are a number of other issues that can also cause dark circles and bags under the eyes.
- poor sleep patterns
- UV exposure
Aging can cause sunken eyes and a dark, hollow look. Tear troughs – those dark circles under the eyes – are a result of a weakened orbital septum and a loss of plump soft tissue in the cheek area. This happens because, as we age, the pockets of fat under the eye may dissipate or drop, causing a deep separation between the under-eye area and the cheeks.
Tighten Skin Under Eyes Without Surgery: What Are the Options?
If you think your eyes look tired and worn out, even when you are well-rested, cosmetic surgery offers a few options to refresh and tighten skin under the eyes without surgery.
These include (but are not limited to): mesotherapy, neurotoxin injections, under-eye fillers, and a bespoke plan of medical-grade skincare products, such as retinol.
Let’s have a look at all these options in detail.
Tighten Skin Under Eye With Mesotherapy
Mesotherapy is a non-invasive yet highly effective treatment that stimulates the skin tissues by using microinjections of ingredients found naturally in the skin, such as hyaluronic acid, vitamins (A, B, C, E, K), minerals, and co-enzymes.
The name of this treatment comes from the term “meso”, which means middle, because it works by injecting the cocktail of ingredients to the middle layer of the skin (called mesodermal layer). The ingredients both nourish and rejuvenate the skin, while also stimulating the production of collagen and elastin that are essential for the skin’s natural elasticity.
Mesotherapy can instantly tighten skin under the eyes without the need of surgery, improve dull, tired-looking skin and superficial wrinkles, but can also help to improve blood circulation, aiding the body to flush out ageing toxins, restoring hydration, and giving the skin new luminosity.
How it Works
Before starting, Dr. Nina might apply a topical anesthetic on the areas that are to be treated. After that, she will administer the chosen ingredients with a microneedle. The injections are delivered at different depths of around 1 to 4 millimeters into your skin.
The treatment takes around 15-20 minutes and requires no downtime.
- Targets a wide range of under-eye issues, such as dark circles, bags under the eyes, and wrinkles
- Nourish and hydrate your skin
- Fast and long-lasting results
- Minimal recovery time
Mesotherapy works with a cumulative effect. Depending on the skin issue, its intensity, and the effects, you might need several mesotherapy sessions. On average, between 3 and 6 sessions, 2-4 weeks apart are recommended. Dr Nina will tell you exactly how many sessions per week you might need to get the desired results upon consultation.
Side Effects and Contraindications
Mesotherapy is considered quite safe, although like any other procedure it might carry a few mild side effects. These include swelling, itching, pigmentation issues, bruising and redness of the skin.
A week before the procedure it is recommended to avoid taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and aspirin because they might increase your risk of bruising and bleeding.
Mesotherapy is not recommended for pregnant women or people that suffer from diabetes, skin infections, blood clothing disorder or autoimmune diseases.
Tighten Skin Under Eye With Neurotoxin Injections
Injections of the neurotoxin Botulinum Type A has become one of the most popular non-surgical wrinkle treatments used to combat the most outward signs of ageing.
Botulinum toxin is a protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which blocks the electrical impulses that make the facial muscles contract. Used as a cosmetic ingredient, it can be injected into your muscles to temporarily block signals from your nervous system that tell certain muscles to move.
As a result, your expressions soften and those wrinkles that form from facial movements we tend to make every day – like frowning, squinting, smiling etc. – are greatly reduced.
How it Works
Before your treatment, you will have a consultation with Dr. Nina to discuss your concerning areas, ideal results, side effects and to disclose any medications or medical history.
48 hours before the treatment you should avoid drinking any alcohol. On the day of the procedure, a thin, sterilized needle is used to inject the neurotoxin into the targeted areas.
This type of procedure will typically require multiple injections, but it should not take long (typically less than an hour). If you are concerned about pain or discomfort, a topical anaesthetic or ice can numb the treatment area.
Botulinum toxin injections can tighten skin under the eyes without surgery by making the lower eyelid appear fuller and plumper, helping to reduce wrinkles and bagginess.
The treatment can also slow the formation of new lines by preventing the contraction of facial muscles. In fact, routine use of neurotoxin eventually leads to gentle muscle atrophy, resulting in a more restful appearance to the eyelids.
Side Effects and Contraindications
Treating wrinkles with botulinum toxin is a minimally invasive procedure, simple and straightforward. It does not involve incisions or general anesthesia and has minimal downtime.
Botulinum toxin injections are considered safe for most people, but there are possible side effects risks. Common side effects include swelling, bruising, bleeding, mild burning or discomfort. The biggest risk with the use of neurotoxin in the under-eye area is the migration of the medication into the eyelid-lifting muscle, causing eyelid droop. But you are in safe hands with Dr Nina!
Women that are pregnant or breastfeeding should not have botulinum injections. Also, patients that have a previous allergic reaction to it should avoid this type of treatment.
Tighten Skin Under Eye With Fillers
Under-eye fillers are injectable hyaluronic acid treatments (commonly known as Restylane and Juvederm) that can be used to treat volume loss and dark areas underneath the eyes.
Non-surgical and minimal invasive, tear trough fillers are an effective way to tighten skin under the eyes, treat wrinkles, improve the hollowed-out look under the eyes and brighten dark circles.
Hyaluronic acid fillers are made of a transparent gel that mimics the natural substance that our bodies produce. They are easy to smooth, less likely to clump, and have been shown to support collagen production in the skin, which further plumps and smooths the skin over time.
How it works
It is important to distinguish dark circles caused by loss of volume and/or genetics from dark circles caused by hyperpigmentation in the area. So, if you are interested in improving the appearance of the area under your eyes, the first step is to book a consultation with Dr Nina at Facial Sculpting. She will be able to assess what is causing the issue and recommend a combination of treatments, which could include under eye fillers.
The process of having a dermal filler injected is simple and straightforward. A numbing cream is applied to the area before the injections, making the procedure completely painless.
After waiting a few minutes for the numbing cream to take effect, the filler is injected with tiny needles and Dr Nina may gently press the area to make sure the filler is in place.
The entire procedure usually takes under an hour, there is no downtime or recovery period, and patients can go back to their normal activities immediately after.
After the procedure, you will start to notice results right away and then they only get better over the next two weeks. Under eye fillers give subtle, natural results that won’t make you look radically different. But once the results have taken full effect, your eyes and your overall face will look more relaxed, refreshed, and younger.
Under eye fillers tend to last longer when injected under the eyes than in other parts of the face. Unlike the lips, forehead, and other parts of the face that are constantly in motion, the skin beneath the eyes largely stays in place, so results can last for up to 12 months. The effects of repeat treatments tend to last even longer.
We charge a fixed price for this procedure, which includes a review/top-up, if required, four weeks later.
Side Effects and Contraindications
Any potential side effects will be discussed during a pre-treatment consultation with Dr Nina.
In general, fillers are considered very safe for most people. However, as with any treatments that involve injections, patients might experience a few temporary side effects such as swelling, bruising, redness, tenderness, itching and sensitivity at the point of application for a few days after the procedure.
Please note that you may experience slight swelling or bruising from 48 hours-one week after treatment, so do plan ahead if you have an important occasion. Any swelling should subside within 48 hours.
Patients should avoid exercise for twenty-four hours after the procedure to minimize swelling. After this time, it will take approximately two weeks for the results to settle.
Tighten Skin Under Eye With Retinol
Retinol is part of a family of derivates from vitamin A called retinoids, commonly found in anti-aging creams. It’s highly effective as it works at both the surface and middle layers of the skin.
- On the skin’s outermost layer, retinol exfoliates to remove dead skin cells and improve tone and texture.
- On the skin’s middle layer, retinol is clinically proven to boost collagen and elastin production, which helps improve firmness, tone, and texture of the skin.
Over-the-counter products that contain retinol can be found at drugstores and online, and usually offer retinol in low strengths. Medical-grade skincare products with retinol, on the other hand, are only available with a prescription from your doctor.
Medical-grade skincare products are often categorized as a blend between cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, providing both aesthetic and medicinal benefits. They contain active ingredients that have been clinically proven to have a positive effect on skin. They contain ingredients that are capable of penetrating below the top layers of the skin and should only be purchased from a specialist practice such as Facial Sculpting (subject to consultation only).
The best ways to tighten skin under the eyes without surgery and brighten dark circles is through a combination of cosmetic treatments, healthy lifestyle changes, and high-quality medical-grade skincare products such as retinol.
With so many scientifically advanced, innovative skin tightening treatments and medical-grade skincare products available, it can be quite overwhelming to choose what is best for you.
Therefore, we recommend skin consultations to every new client, as it will allow them to gain advice on what is best for their individual needs and concerns and help them achieve their desired results in less time and more effectively.