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How to Get Rid of Under Eye Wrinkles with a Laser

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How to Get Rid of Under Eye Wrinkles with a Laser

While there’s nothing wrong with wrinkles, they can start as early as thirty, and many of us are interested in how to proactively manage this in order to minimize the effects of aging.

The eyes are perhaps the most expressive part of the face. Over time, wrinkles can begin to appear around the eyes and face. Fortunately, many products and routines have been tried and tested to help prevent and reduce the look of wrinkles. 

What Causes Under Eye Wrinkles?

As we age, our skin loses the elasticity we once had and we begin to develop fine lines and wrinkles. You may notice them begin on areas that move or fold often, like the outer corners of your eyes.

Usually, fine lines first develop on thin skin as it’s more susceptible to creasing and stretching. The skin below our eyes is very thin, so developing fine lines there is totally normal.

Prolonged sun exposure can also cause wrinkles as it breaks down collagen in the skin, so make sure you always wear sunscreen or use a moisturizer with SPF (SPF 30 or higher is recommended).

Smoking can also cause wrinkles, and not just around your eyes. Smoking restricts blood vessels, limiting the amount of oxygen and nutrients reaching the skin. This essentially fast tracks the aging process, so if you are able to reduce or quit smoking, it can help prevent wrinkles.

Dry weather, harsh wind, pollution, and other environmental factors can play a part in the formation of wrinkles and fine lines. In fact, “sleep lines” can form using rough pillowcases.

All of this might feel overwhelming, but not to fear. There is a lot you can do to reduce and prevent wrinkles.

Treatments

You can love your skin and still want to reduce the look of aging. You’re not the first and you certainly won’t be the last. That’s why there are a plethora of treatments available, such as surgery and laser therapy, to help you look and feel your best.  

Intense Pulsed Light Therapy

Intense pulsed light therapy (IPL) is a treatment used to even out the look and colour of your skin. 

Light energy gently heats your skin, encouraging your body to rid itself of unwanted cells. The IPL device uses multiple wavelengths of light, whereas lasers usually only have one wavelength. This can treat multiple conditions at the same time. 

By evening out your skin tone, you should see a near-immediate difference in your skin.

TempSure Skin Tightening

TempSure Envi is a radiofrequency therapy that minimizes lines and wrinkles by tightening the skin through soft tissue coagulation. This procedure is safe for all skin types and doesn’t require surgery, needles, or a long recovery time. 

By using a pen-like device with a metal tip, your practitioner massages your face in small, circular motions. Energy gently heats the skin, triggering a natural response to create collagen. Collagen gives your skin a youthful glow.

This procedure is a great option for anyone looking to reduce the look of wrinkles and fine lines. It’s usually most effective in a series of treatments, but we recommend talking with a dermatologist about the best course of treatment for your skin.

Peels & Injections

Peels and injections can be quite effective in tightening your skin.

Chemical peels are designed to remove the top layer of skin, revealing a new layer of skin with less prominent lines. This should be performed by a trained practitioner. You may experience some discomfort depending on the intensity of the peel. 

Injectable treatments like Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin are a popular choice to reduce crow’s lines around the corners of the eyes. These products can also be injected elsewhere to reduce lines and wrinkles. These injections relax the muscles to smooth the skin. 

Other forms of injectable treatments include hyaluronic acid-based fillers, such as Juvéderm, Restylane, and Belotero. These products are used to plump up the skin, smooth fine lines, and reduce dark spots.

Eye Lift Surgery

Lower eyelid surgery, also known as an eye lift or blepharoplasty, removes excess skin from around the eyes to tighten and smooth the face. If the skin around your eyes is sagging or extremely puffy, surgery might be the best option to reduce your wrinkles. 

A woman applying topical cream underneath her eyes to treat wrinkles

Natural Remedies

For hundreds of years, different cultures have tried different remedies to ward off the effects of aging. Some of these remedies may be familiar to you, and they include:

  • Facial exercises
  • Eating a nutrient-rich diet
  • Using an SPF moisturizer daily
  • Treating allergies to prevent dry skin 
  • Reduce/quit smoking
  • Get at least 7 hours of sleep
  • Switch to silk, satin, or copper pillowcases

Along with these natural remedies, one of the best things you can do to prevent and reduce the look of wrinkles is to create a regular skincare routine to keep your skin healthy.

Developing a Skincare Routine

Your skincare routine doesn’t have to be complicated or tedious. With the right products, all you need is 5 to 10 minutes in the morning and night to wash and refresh your face. 

Morning Routine

Your morning facial routine can be super simple. Try these steps:

  1. Wash your face gently with a cleanser
  2. Moisturize daily  
  3. Apply sunscreen (SPF 30+)

Many moisturizers come with SPF in them already, so you can use one of those products and have a 2 step morning routine if you choose.

Nighttime Routine

Your nighttime routine requires a couple more steps, but is key to preventing and reducing the look of lines and wrinkles. Try these steps:

  1. Remove makeup with micellar water or another oil-based cleanser
  2. Wash your face with your cleanser
  3. Gently exfoliate your face (only every 2-3 days at most)
  4. Apply toner with a cotton pad*
  5. Apply a facial serum in an upwards motion*
  6. Apply any prescription treatments (if relevant) 
  7. Apply your moisturizer  

You can use the same cleanser and moisturizer in your nighttime routine as you use in your morning routine. However, you might find your daytime moisturizer is a bit too thick for nighttime use. There are many nighttime moisturizers available that are a bit lighter for the evening and provide great hydration.

* Optional, but recommended.

Helpful Tips

When you’re looking for products to use for your skincare routine, look for these ingredients to help prevent and reduce wrinkles:

  • Topical vitamin C
  • Retinoids
  • Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
  • Peptides
  • Topical probiotics
  • Hyaluronic acid 

If you want to get a little fancy with your routine, consider picking up a face roller. These products massage the face, help stimulate blood flow, and rejuvenate the skin.

What’s Right for Me?

While there are many options available, we prefer IPL and radio frequency treatments as they are effective, have zero downtime, and may delay or reduce the need for more aggressive treatments, call today and book your consultation at In Focus Aesthetics located at our Sarnia optometrist practice. We also have a convenient location in Grand Bend. 

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Written by Dr. Gerry Day, OD, P.Eng

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