By THANISORN THAMLIKITKUL MD
Looking good may not be the route to inner happiness, but a youthful and wrinkle-free skin can give us a much-needed boost.
Nowadays there is a lot we can do with modern technology to help soften or smooth those wrinkles under the eyes without surgery. Here are some of the non-surgical options.
Fractional Laser is the gold standard for skin retexturising technology. A non-ablative laser, it treats only a fraction of the skin’s tissue at a time, leaving the rest intact and unaffected, thus minimising downtime to none. It allows patients to return to daily activities immediately after the treatment.
The fractional laser produces thousands of microscopic laser spots that penetrate deep into the skin layers, eliminating old, damaged collagen and stimulating new collagen production. As this occurs, fresh, smooth and healthy skin emerges. The result appears to be a smoother skin. This is best seen when used for the under eye areas. Benefits include a decrease in the appearance of the wrinkles and slight tightening of the lower eyelids. However, the effects are gradual and collagen remodelling will continue for up to six months. The resulting smooth skin under the eyes can last nine to 12 months. Multiple sessions are needed in some cases.
Hyaluronic Acid Filler is a quick fix for temporarily treating under eye wrinkles. The fillers most widely used are made of cross-linked Hyaluronic Acid (HA) particles. When injected into wrinkles, they replenish the hyaluronic acid – a naturally occurring substance found in the human skin – they have an immediate plumping effect under the eyes.
Fillers specifically developed for thin and delicate skin like the lower eyelid are very soft, lightweight and liquid enough to not cause bumps or lumps. However, for those who worried about issues with undesirable side effects such as bumpiness, lumpiness or the risk of vascular complication from hyaluronic acid fillers, the non–cross-linked hyaluronic acid is a good alternative.
Non–cross-linked HA is thinner than fillers and, as the name implies, has no links, allowing it to flow much more smoothly and disperse and distribute HA evenly in the skin without the risk of forming bumps or lumps. This is also beneficial for sensitive areas such as the lower eyelid as it can significantly decrease the risk of vascular occlusion. To achieve the best result, a substance like peptide can be mixed with non-cross-linked HA to increase the activity of collagen production.
Many women aren’t looking for drastic changes; we just want a few years taken off our faces. The above procedures can help us achieve under eye wrinkle-free skin and enhance a youthful look. Remember: much like the rest of our skin, our eyes need rejuvenation as well. They don’t say beauty is in the eye of the beholder for nothing.
THANISORN THAMLIKITKUL MD is a member of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery and certified in dermatological laser surgery. Send your questions for her to firstname.lastname@example.org