Changes in the area of the eye can become noticeable as early as the late 20’s and early 30’s with the appearance of fine lines, and can continue to increase as one ages. The most noticeable cosmetic imperfections in this area are somewhat universal, but of course, will vary with each individual:
- Fine lines underneath the eye
- Hooding, or the migration of thinning skin on the upper eye lid downward toward the eyelashes
- Dark circles
- Puffiness underneath the eye
- Eyes become more closed
- Eyebrows trend downward
- Presence of a hollow look beneath the eye
- Thinning eyelashes
Treatments for Eye Imperfections
In the past, surgical intervention was considered to be the only way to correct cosmetic conditions of the eye and restore a youthful look to the area. Today’s advances in aesthetic technologies provide methods of correcting unwanted conditions in this area through lower cost, non-surgical methods.
Almost every skin care line has an eye cream in its midst! Designed to reduce conditions of the aging eye, there are some preparations that target specific imperfections more than others. The overall desired effect is to produce some tightening of the skin underneath the eye and provide hydration to the area as well. To some degree, under-eye puffiness and dark circles may be reduced, and the skin tone can become more even. Dermatology and Laser Centre offers a variety of medical grade skin care products. For more information about our available products, please view our webpage and talk to Dr. Gallacher about which one is right for your skin and concerns.
Dark under-eye circles
CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing significantly diminishes or eliminates dark under-eye circles. It works by gently and precisely painting away unwanted skin cells one layer at a time. The procedure lightens the skin tone, induces immediate tightening and stimulates new collagen formation, thus diminishing the appearance of dark under-eye circles
Small amounts of Restylane or Juvéderm can be injected into the hollow area beneath the eye, which is also called the tear trough. The restoration of volume removes the appearance of darkness or a shadow beneath the eye.
Latisse is the only FDA cleared prescription treatment for inadequate eyelash growth (hypotrichosis). Consistent use of this medicine can make eyelashes longer, thicker and often times, darker.
The onset of the effect is gradual. The majority of patients in the clinical trials saw significant improvement in 2 months. Latisse may cause darkening of the eyelid skin, which may be reversible upon discontinuation of the product. Although iris dyspigmentation was not reported in clinical studies with Latisse, patients should be advised about the potential for increased brown iris pigmentation, which is likely to be permanent.
Latisse is a prescription medicine. Talk to Dr. Gallacher about whether Latisse is right for you. Visit our web page about Latisse for before & after pictures.
More recently, doctors have found that skilled use of Botox/Dysport can also help contour the face. By knowing precisely which muscles to relax with an injection of Botox/Dysport, an experienced doctor can reshape the eyebrows, creating new, more pleasing, symmetrical arches.