Aging Eye Treatments That Are Totally Legit

Newsflash: the skin around your eyes ages much quicker than the rest of your face. Sigh.

The reasons are simple. Not only is this area of skin super-thin, fragile and prone to severe dryness, but it also gets a vigorous, daily workout due to squinting, frowning, even talking and laughing.

But it’s not all bad news, you’ll be pleased to hear. Because of the constant battles the skin around your eyes has to contend with, there are plenty of in-office procedures to include in your treatment plan that effectively target areas of concern such as dark circles, lines, puffiness and/or hollowing. And if you also invest in a medical-grade eye cream for regular use at home, you’ll be laughing – minus the crow’s feet;) – in no time.

Herein, some of the cream of the eye treatment crop.

1. Restylane

With time comes volume loss and thinning to the skin under the eyes. This can cause a hollowed, translucent appearance and permanent shadows that no amount of sleep can shake off. But all is not lost because one of the most exciting cosmetic treatments for taking years off hollowed eyes is Restylane.

When injected into the orbital area, this safe and effective hyaluronic acid filler plumps up lost volume and fills in surrounding fine lines and wrinkles without paralyzing facial muscles the way injectable toxins, such as Botox do. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance with molecules that can hold 1000 times their weight in water to keep skin tissues super-hydrated. The hyaluronic acid used in Restylane is almost identical to the natural hyaluronic acid already existing in your body which means it’s not animal-derived and does not contain animal proteins that often trigger unwanted reactions.

Results from Restylane are instant and they yield a soft, natural and lifted correction to sunken undereyes. Oh, and did we mention Restylane can also brighten discolorations around the eyes? Big win.

2. Botox

Drooping eyelids getting you down? As facial skin ages, it loses collagen which supports the skin like a scaffold and helps keep it tight, firm and youthful-looking. This is why mature skin becomes lax and starts to sag. Couple this with muscle tone loss, fat pad loss and years of continued frowning which pulls the skin down and it’s no wonder those poor eyelids start to droop.

Historically, surgery was the only option for saggy eyelids, but these days such drastic action isn’t always necessary. Say hello to the ‘Botox brow lift,’ one of Botox’s more recent notches in its belt and a fantastic alternative to invasive procedures.

A Botox brow lift works by having small amounts of Botox carefully injected into the muscles that depress the brow which causes the brow to rest and relax in a lifted position. The process takes around 15-20 minutes and although it’s almost painless, if you’re a sensitive soul, your injector can apply numbing cream prior to treatment to help relieve discomfort. Rejoice the numbing cream.

3. Latisse

If you’re looking for a simple, needle-free way to add youthfulness to your eyes, Latisse could be just your solution. Latisse is a topical prescription medication that encourages your natural eyelashes to grow longer, fuller and darker. It works by forcing the hairs to stay in a particular part of the growth cycle for a longer period of time which makes them continue to grow. Simple, right? It takes about six to eight weeks to see real results but once you get there, results can be astounding ­– and maintenance minimal.

In the last few years, the makeover magic of Latisse has extended beyond mega-lashes to creating fuller eyebrows, too. It’s still only FDA-approved for use on the upper eyelashes, but plenty of aesthetic physicians give it to patients to revive overplucked brows, and many women are loving its ability to achieve dream-worthy arches. Just saying.

4. Ultherapy

If you suffer from trypanophobia (a fear of needles and injections, don’t you know?), lasers or energy-harnessing treatments are probably more your thing. Say hello to Ultherapy.

This tried, tested and extremely trusted procedure uses ultrasound energy to lift, tone and tighten the skin and has been FDA-cleared for use not only on the eyebrows, but under the chin, on the neck and over the chest area. It works by stimulating collagen production below the surface of the skin at just the right depths and exactly the right temperature to jumpstart regeneration and skin rejuvenation. The benefits of ultherapy can be seen immediately, but your best results will start to appear over two to three months making it the king of ‘nobody will ever know’ treatments for aging eyes;)

5. SkinMedica TNS Eye Repair

Normal facial moisturizer is often not enough for the skin around your eyes which is generally dryer than on the rest of your face. This is why many eye creams contain more oil, and feel richer and thicker than daily moisturizer. The eye area is also prone to the likes of dark circles and puffiness, which need specific attention and targeted ingredients that you would never need in a face cream.

One of our favorite medical-grade eye treatments is SkinMedica TNS Eye Repair which includes SkinMedica’s clinically-proven Tissue Nutrient Solution – a super-charged combination of human growth factors, cytokines, antioxidants and matrix proteins. This blend of skin-loving ingredients works hard to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkes and dark circles and makes for a very impressive daily eye cream.