Non-Surgical Eye Rejuvenation

One of the first areas on the face where the signs of ageing become noticeable is the eye area. To understand this, we need to have a brief overview of everything that causes ageing around the eye area.

The skin around the eye area, under normal circumstances, is already thinner and more fragile than the skin on the rest of the face. As we age this fragility becomes painfully obvious as the skin in the eye area becomes even thinner, heals more slowly, loses its strength due to decreasing levels of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, the fine muscles around the eye weaken and become more lax and blood circulation and lymph drainage in the area below the eye becomes poor.

Add all these factors together and it is easy to see how and why the eyes give away our age so easily. In the past one would have had to consider surgical eye lifts or even facelifts to re-drape and re-position the skin to remove some of these unwanted signs around the eyes. Thankfully, the advancements in aesthetics allows us the ability to offer treatments for these concerns that can be started early in order to prevent the problem from ever getting so severe, or to try and reverse some of the signs which may already be present.

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Here are some of the incredible treatments available at the Renewal Institute to treat the signs of ageing around the eyes:

Sagging brows:

  • Botulinum on the forehead - the brows sag because the foreheads depressor muscles start to overpower the elevator muscles and Botox can correct this, giving you a brow lift.
  • Sagging brows can also be attributed to weakening, sagging skin on the forehead so fractionated treatments such as: Fraxel DUAL Laser; CO2 Fractional Laser; Pearl Fusion & Dermapen Skin Needling can all be used to strengthen and tighten the skin above the brows, resulting in lifting and firming.
  • Another option for lifting the brow area is the insertion of anchor thread in the forehead just above the eye brow, which strengthens the skin in the forehead by encouraging collagen production, but also allows the Doctor the ability to pull the tissue upwards to defy the effects of gravity.

 Hooded/Sagging Upper Eye lid:

  • A non-surgical blepharoplasty with the medical Jett Plasma device can tighten and strengthen the upper eyelid, without any need to have surgery.

Crows feet:

  • Botulinum can be used to soften and relax the lines next to the eye, known as crows feet. These lines often show up when we smile and are quick to show an aged eye.
  • Strengthening and firming this area with Fraxel DUAL Laser; CO2 Fractional Laser; Pearl Fusion & Dermapen Skin Needling can tighten the skin, soften the wrinkles and make them far less visible, resulting in lifting and firming. 

Dark under eye circles:

  • Dermal fillers, made from Hyaluronic Acid can put back the plumpness and hydration that is lost with age, which results in dark undereye circles. Replacing some lost volume and hydration with fillers makes the dark circles far less noticeable.
  • The second factor in the cause of dark undereye circles is the impaired circulation that comes as a result of ageing, so speeding the circulation and drainage under the eye bag with carboxytherapy gives excellent results.

Under eye sagging / under eye bags:

  • A non-surgical undereye lift with the medical Jett Plasma device can tighten and strengthen the lower eyelid and the undereye bag, resulting in a natural lifting and firming effect.
  • Correctly placed under eye dermal fillers, injected by a skilled, experienced injector can give incredible results under the eyes and replace the lost volume that causes the initial sagging and drooping leading to undereye bags.
  • For those who would like an alternative option to injectables, the fractionated treatments (Fraxel DUAL Laser; CO2 Fractional Laser; Pearl Fusion & Dermapen Skin Needling) also offer fantastic results for this area.

The perfect eye lift:

The best way to achieve the perfect eye lift, be it an “almond eye lift” or a more angled “cat eye lift” would predominantly require the skills of an experienced injector doing a combination of strategically placed botulinum, dermal fillers and PDO threads in order to shape the eye. Combination therapy which includes strengthening and conditioning the skin itself, encouraging collagen and elastin production, coupled with the Doctor’s injectable treatments always yields the best, long-lasting results.

Frequently Asked Questions

Under eye lines are a common problem, and the mistake that most people make is to try and cover them up, or buy an over the counter product and expect it to work miracles. I’m not saying that topical creams don’t work, you are definitely able to get really great eye products out there, but you need to give them at least three months to do their job. The best approach is always combination therapy, as topicals can only give you improvement up to a point. If the area of concern is quite severely lined, then it really is necessary to consider in-clinic treatments such as Laser genesis, Skin tightening, Radiofrequency and perhaps even some injectables. 

There are so many options available to you. What it really comes down to is how quickly you want to see results, and how much down time you’re able to handle, because, if you want a very quick result, it would mean having more “aggressive treatments”. But if you want to have less aggressive treatments that will give you a result over time, then we approach your concern a bit differently. You could for example have a combination of Botulinum, Fillers, Silhouettes and PDO threads, which will give you a result more quickly, OR, you could do a course of treatment combinations including Peels, Lasers and Carboxytherapy which will take a bit longer and your results will show slowly and progressively over time. The other thing that of course comes into play, is how severe your lines and wrinkles are to begin with. If you want more information on treatment options, I would highly recommend that you have a look at some of the options on our website (under Treatments: Lines and Wrinkles) OR come and see one of our Doctors who can analyse your concern and give you a better idea of a customised package specifically for you. 

The bottom line is that dark circles can actually be caused by quite a few things. The most common things are naturally stress and lack of sleep, but these are not the only causes. Poor circulation and poor drainage around the eye area is a common one. Another is if you are quite thin and the area beneath the eyes is fairly hollow, then the skin in that area tends to be very thin and the area lacking in volume and so the blue tinge from underlying blood vessels shows through as dark circles. There are other things like systemic illnesses that can also cause dark under eye circles. It can even be as a result of having regular sinus or hay fever attacks. So there are in fact quite a lot of triggers. But we wouldn’t really be able to pin point what is causing your particular issue unless we got a proper medical history and got some more information from you. So the best advice I can give you is to rather visit a Skin renewal Doctor who would be able to assist. Obviously being under 18 a parent or guardian should accompany you. You can find your nearest Skin Renewal branch at www.skinrenewal.co.za

We would recommend scheduling an appointment for a deep cleanse facial. During this time the therapist can also do a recommendation for suitable products to use at home - your skin will love this.

You could also opt to have our amazing Hydra Touch facial, please see more information herewith.

The HydraTouch Facial is a new, advanced all-in-one solution for restoring the skin’s radiance and glow and giving you a fresh, rejuvenated look. It is the ultimate facial experience giving you both results and relaxation all rolled into one fantastic solution.

The HydraTouch Facial combines hydra-dermabrasion, gentle chemical resurfacing, transdermal mesotherapy and skin tightening. The cutting edge device ensures a gentle, no down-time treatment. The treatment is non-invasive, yet exceptionally powerful, making the results evident even after the first treatment.

The procedure helps to relax, renew, re-hydrate and rejuvenate the skin, leaving it feeling alive, fresh, soft and full of moisture. Due to the multi-level and “multi-layer” approach of this treatment, it not only improves the skin’s appearance but also the health, strength, integrity and quality of your skin.

This treatment can be done on all skin types and the treatment indications are substantial. They include fine lines and wrinkles, puffiness, mild sagging, dehydration, age spots, enlarged pores, blocked pores, congestion, breakouts and general anti-ageing.

The Renewal Institute offers two versions of this amazing treatment - The HydraTouch Facial and the Premium HydraTouch Facial. The treatment includes hydra-dermabrasion (a deep yet soothing cleanse), a peel infusion with either an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) or BHA (beta hydroxy acid), transdermal mesotherapy using a hydrating serum, skin tightening and a hydrating mask. The Premium version offers the same as the original treatment but uses both AHA and BHA, adds another layer of hydration via a moisture infusion and swaps out the hydrating mask for an alginate one.

Eye creams are formulated for the delicate skin around the eye area, so they tend to be thicker and the molecules of the ingredients are smaller. Constant movement of the eyes cause the appearance of lines and wrinkles faster, and fluids collect under the eyes and causes puffiness and dark circles. Eye creams containing certain peptides as well as Vit K can help with these issues. For wrinkles, you need to look at ingredients that have the ability to stimulate collagen and elastin production in the deeper layers of the skin. Ingredients such as peptides, growth factors and Retinols will able to assist in that. 

Hollowness under the eyes is quite common and it’s a condition we treat often at Skin Renewal. Yes, collagen definitely play a role, it give support and structure to our skin. Collagen works together with elastin and hyaluronic acid to ensure the skin stays plump and youthful. The best treatment option for you will be dermal under eye fillers. These fillers are made of Hyaluronic acid that will plump the under eye area to relieve any hollowness. Other treatments that can be done to prevent this include Carboxytherapy and Radiofrequency. These treatments will increase collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid product to retard the ageing process in that area. Using a good topical eye cream will also assist in preventing under eye concern. Be sure to use one that contain growth factors and peptides to ensure the best results. Please visit https://www.skinrenewal.co.za/ to find out more about the treatments and to find your closest branch.

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