Most of my patients  complain about wrinkly eyelids as they age. Its one of the most common complaints with my patients.

So why do they happen and what can we do about them?

As eye lid skin  (lower and upper) is the thinnest skin in our bodies it tends to wrinkle and sag  sooner than other areas of the face. Not only does our skin wrinkle easily but the supporting muscles and underlying tissues weaken causing loss of elasticity and strength. Unfortunately genetics may have a lot to do with it so we may have hollowing under the eyes which is commonly known as a tear trough. Other problems are fluid build up and the descent of the under eye fat pad causing eye bags.

So How do we help eye bags

Puffiness-

What causes eye bags?

  1. Lack of sleep
  2. Allergies
  3. Excess crying
  4. Aging- excess skin
  5. Sluggish lacrimal gland
  6. Fat pad migration
  7. Thyroid problems
  8. Pigmentation under the eyes causing shadowing
  9. UV damage

 

Common Complaints

Everyone complains about wrinkly lower lids as they age. Its one of the most common complaints with my patients. As eye lid (lower and upper) is the thinnest skin in our bodies it tends to wrinkle and sag most sooner than other areas of the face. Not only does our skin wrinkle easily but the supporting muscles and underlying tissues weaken causing loss of elasticity and strength. Genetically we may have hollowing under the eyes which is commonly known as a tear trough. Other problems are fluid build up and the descent of the under eye fat pad causing eye bags.

 

Ways to help eye bags

Puffiness-  This is caused by a collection of fluid under the upper and lower lids caused by sluggish drainage in this area as we age. If you wake up with puffy eyes in the morning the aim is to reduce this swelling.  This usually resolves itself by the end of the day but with some people it’s a more permanent fixture. There are some home care treatments which can help.

What can we do to reduce this puffiness?

  1. Cold compresses:  reduce and constrict the blood supply reducing swelling
  2. Caffeine: used as a skincare serum constricts the blood supply and helps reduce oedema – `I can recommend elastiderm by Obagi
  3. Hemorrhoid creams:Some people pat over-the-counter creams. This product has ingredients such as phenylephrine which narrows blood vessels to reduce swelling. Please use these products with caution: They may cause irritation in this sensitive area. Also, it’s important to keep this medication from getting in your eyes.

If you’re really  fed up with under-eye bags, these medical treatments can improve and even eliminate them:

Nonsurgical options
These non-invasive treatments smooth the under-eye area:

  • Filler– this treatment is only suitable for certain patients and not if you have puffy eyes (collection of fluid under the eyes). Suitable for under eye hollowing plus or minus pigmentation. This treatment places a filler- hyaluronic acid, which is a jelly-like substance/ non animal where the under-eye area and cheek meet to create a smooth transition. The injection is performed using local anaestheic topically and in the product it lasts 6-12 months.
  • Laser or microneedling These treatments remove the surface layers of wrinkly skin in the under-eye area and stimulate new collagen growth, resulting in firmer skin. Results can last years, depending on your skin type and sun exposure.
  • Chemical peels:A chemical peel also treats wrinkly under-eye skin by removing superficial top layers. A clinical application of a chemical solution dissolves old skin cells to reveal tighter, brighter skin. Depending on your skin type and sun exposure, results can last a few years.
  • Non -surgical eyelid lift– Aging using the concept of self rejuvenation this ablative treatment causes slight injury to the eyelids stimulating collagen production and skin tightening

Surgical option
A lower eyelid (blepharoplasty) is an outpatient procedure where the surgeon readjusts the fat in the lower eye area and tightens the muscle and skin to create a smooth appearance.

If any of these treatments are of interest to you please get in touch

helen@helencleland.co.uk

07518957812