The Anti-Ageing Eye Edit
The delicate skin around the eyes is the first to show signs of ageing. Ophthalmic and Oculoplastic surgeon Dr Sabrina Shah-Desai reveals the most common forms of eye ageing and the best way
to treat them.
#1 EYEBROWS & UPPER EYELIDS
As we grow older, we lose the fat padding under the eyebrows. This causes the brows to appear hollow at the inner corner & droopy on the outer corner, which can
also make the eyes look sad. Thinning skin & loss of muscle tone can make the eyes look small & hooded.
Hyaluronic acid fillers can pad the brow area, whilst a Botox brow lift can elevate the lateral eyebrow by weakening the muscles that pull the brow down. These two office treatments instantly restore a youthful brow arch & volume. For “alert” looking eyes – scar less ptosis surgery, is ideal for a minimally invasive correction of droopy eyes. The best choice for hooded eyelids is
blepharoplasty, also known as an ‘eyelift’, which involves removing excess skin from the upper lids.
#2 OUTER CORNER OF THE EYE
Smile Lines give way to Crow’s feet around the outer corners of the eyes becoming more apparent as we hit our 30s. Drooping at the outer corner of the eyelid is also common, resulting in a ‘beady- eyed’ look & can cause watery eyes.
Non-surgical treatments for crow’s feet include botulinum toxin injections to relax the muscles and hyaluronic acid fillers to smooth and plump the area. Skin tightening radio frequency and laser resurfacing can also help. A canthoplasty or canthopexy can restore a youthful almond shape to a drooping outer corner & also treat watery eyes.
#3 UNDER EYEBAGS AND DARK CIRCLES
The skin under the eyes is one of the thinnest in our body and factors such as sun exposure can cause increased pigmentation. Lack of sleep, dehydration (through excess alcohol and caffeine
consumption) & poor skin care can have the same effect as smoking induced loss of collagen. Allergies and eye rubbing are also culprits, which in turn, makes the skin thinner & underlying blood vessels more visible. The fat pads under the eyes change, leading to hollowing and or puffy eyes.
Protect the under eye skin by using eye creams containing ingredients like hydrating hyaluronic acid, brightening vitamin C, plus a sunscreen. In addition, a prescription retinoic acid can fade pigmentation and thicken collagen. For dark circles and crepey under eye skin, a combination of superficial skin boosting and deep hyaluronic acid filler injection work to plump thin skin and restore volume. Fine lines and wrinkles respond well to botulinum toxin, while skin laxity can be improved with radiofrequency-tightening and chemical peels. The only solution for large eye bags is a lower lid blepharoplasty, which involves sculpting the fat and skin to restore a bright-eyed look.