Your eyes are one of the first facial features noticed when you meet someone and play a vital role in our facial expressions.
Tired eyes, eye bags, hooded eyes, drooping eyelids and eyebrows are all common complaints patients often seek treatments for. In some instances, the causes of these complaints can be genetic, and patients may present wanting treatments earlier than others who may suffer due to age-related changes.
The skin surrounding the eyes is thinner than elsewhere on the face. It lacks volume and thickness yet has frequent muscle activity causing fine lines and wrinkles. Skincare products such as those by ZO Skin Health which are Retinol based products which stimulate collagen and elastin can help soften fine lines developing and deepening over time.
Heavy, hooded eyes due to excess skin from the frown, forehead and upper eyelid falling onto the eye area can make the eyes look dark and sunken. We often associate and interpret this as someone who is looking tired, drawn and aged.
One way that we can try and treat heavy, hooded eyes is by using anti-wrinkle or muscle relaxing injections to the muscles which pull down on the eye area. Botulinum toxin treatments, use Botox® or other brands such as
Azzalure® or Bocouture® and involve small injections into muscles around the frown, forehead and crow’s feet to prevent overactivity of muscles contributing to eyelid and eyebrow drooping (ptosis).
For some patients, non-surgical options may not be sufficient for the results they desire and so alternative surgical treatments may be sought after. Treatments with botox® or other brands can help create a brow lift, and prevent the eye muscles narrowing the eye area resulting in the eyes looking brighter and more youthful.
Another common complaint by patients is dark circles or eye bags under the eye developing. Again, these can be genetic or age-related, and the prevalence can also be higher in some ethnic backgrounds.
The skin under the eye is thin and translucent so often it can look blue or black, resulting in a sunken, tired appearance. The area under the eye we commonly term the tear trough and the cause of a tear trough developing is due to volume loss in the underlying tissue – whether it be genetic or age-related.
Treatments for tear troughs are often with dermal fillers to replace the lost volume and re-support the skin.