How to Erase Under Eye Wrinkles and Fine Lines? - Shens Clinic
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How to Erase Under Eye Wrinkles and Fine Lines?

Middle aged asian woman looking at wrinkles in mirror

The skin is prone to many problems, but one of the most disheartening ones would be the eye wrinkles. They come unannounced and have no intention of going away. On a positive note, we live in a world that offers quite a few anti-wrinkle treatments, some of which you can do at home.

Others are in-office procedures that have to be performed by an authorised specialist. To learn more about your options, keep reading.

What Causes Under Eye Wrinkles and Fine Lines?

The texture of aged and wrinkled skin

It’s no mystery that ageing is the primary culprit for wrinkles. Everyone gets old. With that, there are other contributors that can be summed up as follows: gravitysmokingharsh weathersun damagelifestyle factorssleep positions, and obesity.

Our skin construct consists of protein, fats, connective tissue, water, and minerals. 70% of that protein is collagen. As we grow older, we make less collagen condemning the skin to become less elastic, drier, and thinner. What is more, collagen and other tissue can be destroyed by the harmful chemicals in tobacco.

Aside from that, the skin is also abundant in elastin fibres which enable it to snap back after stretching. Unfortunately, with prolonged sun exposure, they collapse, and the skin loses resilience. With respect to under-eye wrinkles, allergies can also play a role. Lastly, facial expressions like smiling and squinting make wrinkles more prominent.

What Are the Best Treatments for Wrinkles in Singapore?

Laser treatment

laser treatment for fine lines

Effective for: deep wrinkles

Laser skin resurfacing is one of the most tried-and-tested methods of improving the skin. It can minimise the effects of sun damage, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. Newer models emerge on the market year after year, offering multiple benefits, less downtime, and better outcomes. Currently, there are ablative and non-ablative lasers, either of which can be fractionated or not.

Ablative lasers are more precise and effective but also a little aggressive. They remove the epidermis and work their way down into the dermis, turning on the body’s natural self-repair processes. This helps eliminate out-of-whack skin cells and secrete more collagen, giving you that suppler complexion. As for non-ablative lasers, they tend to go past the top layer and work directly on the skin underneath, resulting in a speedy recovery.

Fractionating any of these lasers minimises complications and downtime but also mounts up the number of appointments it takes to get results. The marks that these devices leave on the skin can be likened to a grid. They work in portions, so at the end, tiny patches of skin are subjected to the treatment. In most cases, only the dermis is affected.

It should be noted that lasers come with multiple settings enabling the operator to further refine the treatment according to individual needs. This way, they can treat different kinds of problems.

People suitable for this procedure are those with light skin tones that don’t have sagging skin but are dealing with some fine lines and wrinkles. They should not be on blood thinners.

Dermal fillers

Forehead Wrinkle Smoothing with fillers

Effective for: deep and mild eye wrinkles

dermal filler is a popular injectable that works on static wrinkles by filling them in, so they are less apparent. Different substances go into it. The most popular one is hyaluronic acid, as it’s already secreted by the body and therefore is not likely to bring about any unpleasant side effects. It is known to give the skin plumpness. The only downside is that it gets resorbed several months after injection, meaning the results get lost over time. Besides, the ageing process will continue anyway. That’s why you need repeat treatments.

Another substance involved is calcium hydroxylapatite. It’s a semi-permanent filler that can endure much longer than hyaluronic acid. When it eventually resorbs, it is replaced by collagen, which further enhances the skin cells and prolongs the therapeutic and visual effects. With repeated treatments, the results hold up for years.

Adults who have realistic expectations, don’t smoke, and are physically healthy will make good candidates for the therapy.

Sunekos treatment for wrinkles is another possibility, when it comes to fillers.

Botox injected near facial muscles

Effective for: dynamic wrinkles

Botox is a widespread treatment for wrinkles caused by facial expressions (frowning, smiling, etc.). They are called dynamic wrinkles. The name is short for botulinum toxin, which is extracted from a bacterium. There are different types of toxins that differ in their mechanisms of action, molecular sizes and activation.

The first cosmetically approved one is type A, and it’s used around the world to treat wrinkles. It works by paralysing the muscles. More precisely, it blocks the nerves leading to those muscles, therefore restricting facial movements in the affected area. It is most effective on crow’s feet and forehead lines. If used carefully, it may prevent future wrinkles. Please be aware that the treatment is not approved for use in the under-eye area.

Pairing botulinum toxin therapy or fillers with LED light therapy turns out to be an even better tool against wrinkles. Botox is suitable for people who are not pregnant but otherwise healthy, with no records of any neuromuscular disease. They should be of legal age.

What Are Other Treatments That May Work?

  • Red LED light therapy. It goes together with anti-ageing treatments. LED light therapy has been shown to enhance fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Retinoids. Now, topical creams with vitamin A could help in the battle against fine lines and wrinkles. Retinoids are proven anti-ageing compounds, and as long as they are used properly, they will gently exfoliate your skin. It goes without saying that you should be consistent with your application. It will take time before the results materialise -up to 12 months. Now, to avoid irritation, it’s important to start by applying small amounts of skincare products to test how your body will respond to it.
  • Deeper chemical peels. They come with different strengths depending on the problem you want to address. Stronger solutions offer deeper penetration and are harsher on the skin. Thus, they take more time to recuperate from, but they can treat fine lines and wrinkles. A frequently used medium solution is Trichloracetic acid (TCA).
  • Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). These can exfoliate dead skin cells making your skin nice and smooth. Over-the-counter creams contain a concentration of 10% and are safe to apply as directed. Higher concentrations should be employed with caution. You’ll likely need to visit a dermatologist to get access to these. Mind you that acids had better be used at night because they can make the skin sensitive to sun exposure. If you have to be outdoors, you should remember to smear sunscreen on because your skin cells could use the protection against UV rays. An example of an AHA would be glycolic acid peel. It works on the surface of the skin, its goal being to erase the outermost layer so that a smoother one shows from underneath.
  • Vitamin C. Not only do vitamin C-based eye creams brighten the skin, but they boost collagen production. If you are using such a product, please don’t forget to apply sunscreen when out and about.
  • Vitamin E. It is an antioxidant and what antioxidants do best is lower oxidative stress that induces health issues and premature ageing. For instance, coconut oil possesses some vitamin E and can benefit your skin. That being said, it is not a miracle product, so keep your expectations realistic.
  • Cooling gels and serums. These will not erase wrinkles, but they may ameliorate the looks of fine lines. All you have to do is apply them under the eyes for the time specified on the label.
  • Facial exercises. Exercises increase blood flow. Don’t get confused, and no clinical data has proven that these stimulate collagen or help with skin ageing. However, they can improve blood circulation in the area and further act on the dark circles.
  • Tea. If you apply tea bags on your eyes every now and then, this will keep them fresh and tight. Green tea is packed with antioxidants that can fight fine lines.

Some lifestyle changes can come in handy when it comes to under-eye wrinkles. For example, you should try to get enough sleep, abide by a healthy diet, and not smoke. Another vital step is wearing sunscreen whenever you step out of the house. If you have any allergies, make it a point to keep them under control, as this can have a tremendous effect on your look. At the end of the day, your habits are way more important because it’s something you do continually.

Is Aloe Vera Good for Your Wrinkles and Fine Lines?

aloe vera gel

Evidence indicates that the plants can definitely enhance skin elasticity and facial wrinkles, although it will not remove them completely. There is a small study on that. It involved a total of 30 women over the age of 45 who were given aloe vera supplements over the course of 90 days. Some subjects received a smaller dose, and some were given a high dose of the product.

Throughout this time, the women were not permitted to go for chemical peels, topical retinoids, or anti-wrinkle cosmetics. The only thing that was allowed was sunscreen, SPF30 or higher.

According to the findings, both groups benefited from the supplements. It was made clear that collagen and elastin production had revved up during that period.

Since the number of participants was too small to produce any significant results, you should take this research with a grain of salt. Still, it doesn’t hurt to try aloe vera gel if you want, as it is packed with vitamins and antioxidants that are generally good for your system.

It is also believed that the plant could prevent under eye wrinkles both when ingested and when used in the form of facial cream.

Can You Reverse Wrinkles with a Healthy Diet?

It is always a wise idea to make improvements to your diet. It will change how you function and process the world. Your body will be in better shape, and your skin will look and feel better. In spite of that, a healthy diet isn’t as powerful as smoothing out your wrinkles. Getting old is an inevitable process. You can go above and beyond to slow it down, but you cannot prevent it.

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