Did you know that there are several different types of lines around your eyes? While some of them may be genetic, others can be the result of lifestyle habits or skincare routines.
Depending on the condition of your under-eye lines, you may benefit from approved home remedies by Dr. Alexander S. Donath, some in-house treatments, or even facial plastic surgery.
What is the Best Treatment for Under Eye Wrinkles
There are many treatment options for the area under the eyes, ranging from chemical peels of varying strengths to Botox, fillers, and surgery.
Botox and fillers
The best treatment really depends on the individual patient’s face. Fine lines can be improved with Botox or Dysport. Hyaluronic acid fillers aren’t typically used for fine lines in this area, but we use fillers frequently for “dark circles,” such as Restylane or Belotero.
Resurfacing lasers and chemical peels
Chemical peels and resurfacing lasers are also great for this area, providing a smoothing effect while at the same time tightening the skin. These can easily be done together with a lower eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) for the removal of lower eyelid bulges, also known as “bags.”
For someone who has quite a bit of lower eyelid skin excess, surgical removal via an incision on the outside of the lower lid is the most powerful way to smooth the skin, but this must be done with care in order to prevent pulling down on the lower lid creating a sad or drawn appearance.
Microdermabrasion is another popular and minimally invasive procedure to rejuvenate your skin. Specialists will use a diamond-tip handpiece on sensitive areas of skin for this treatment.
This option will remove dead and dull skin cells as well as promote circulation in the skin experiencing pressure.
Microneedling is an increasingly popular treatment used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Our specialists use needles to create micro-injuries in the skin and follow with the application of skin serum or cream. As the skin heals, your body stimulates collagen production, improving the texture of your skin and fine lines.
Recommended Home Remedies for Under-Eye Wrinkles
Start Using Retinol
Retinol is a highly effective ingredient in wrinkle creams and serums. It is an antioxidant, which means it protects the skin against free radicals that cause wrinkles. Retinol also stimulates collagen production, which helps keep skin looking youthful.
Creams containing retinoids work by increasing cellular turnover while reducing inflammation and oil production.
These medications are prescribed by dermatologists for severe acne because they can cause serious side effects if used incorrectly. Retinols are gentle enough for daily use on the face and should not cause any side effects unless you’re allergic to them or you overuse them.
Moisturize Your Under-Eye Area
Moisturizing your under-eye area is important because it will help reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and puffiness. The skin in this area is thin and more prone to dehydration. This can lead to aging and a tired appearance.
The best way to moisturize this delicate skin is by using creams or ointments. Choose one that’s oil-free and fragrance-free. Apply the cream at night time before bed so you can let it soak into your skin while you sleep for maximum hydration benefits. That will help the skin to retain moisture.
Use Oil to Seal in Hydration
Oils are great for moisturizing skin and can be used to seal in hydration. What you need is a high-quality oil that absorbs into the skin easily. Some of the best oils for this purpose are Sunflower, Amarula, and Rosehip Seed Oil, as they contain all of the essential fatty acids needed for healthy skin.
Combine one teaspoon of the oil with your favorite moisturizer and apply directly under your eyes before bedtime. If you’re not using any other product in this area, then simply use one tablespoon of the oil by itself.
Consult a Professional
Under-eye wrinkles are caused by a loss of elasticity in the skin. There is no way to stop this process, but you can look for treatments that will minimize it.
If your under-eye wrinkles are especially deep, you may want to consider an injectable treatment that acts as a filler for sunken areas.
We recommend consulting Dr. Alexander S. Donath to help you choose the right medication or procedure.
Try Facial Massages
Facial massages are a great way to stimulate blood flow in the face and can also help reduce puffiness. Try massaging common wrinkle sites, like your forehead, under-eye area, and crow’s feet, with a gentle upward motion.
Gently stroke your eyebrow line from the inside of the eye to the outer edge of the eyelid. Finally, use the pads of your fingers or fingertips to massage under your eye socket. If you find this too uncomfortable at first, try using just one finger on each side of your eye.
Apply Face Masks
Face masks will help nourish and restore your skin. These masks are a great solution to treat under-eye wrinkles. Targeted eye masks can help improve many skin concerns, including dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles.
Sun protection is one of the most important things you can do for your skin. Studies have shown that the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause wrinkles, age spots, and other signs of premature aging.
Eat a Healthy Diet
A healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables is essential for keeping the skin looking fresh and vibrant. The antioxidants found in these foods help fight free radicals which cause premature aging. It’s also important to stay hydrated by drinking at least eight glasses of water a day. Drinking fluids helps keep the skin moisturized and healthy, which will make it look smoother, brighter, and more youthful.
Quit Alcohol and Smoking
There are many reasons to quit alcohol and smoking. Both of these habits can cause wrinkles around the eyes and will make your skin appear older than it actually is. Not only does quitting have a positive effect on your appearance, but your health as well.
Causes of Under-eye Lines and Wrinkles
Some of the common causes of under-eye lines and wrinkles include:
Sun exposure is the number one cause of premature sagging skin, including under-eye wrinkles. The sun’s rays weaken your cells, cause free radical damage, and produce harmful UV radiation that can penetrate your skin. It’s important to protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses outdoors year-round or always carrying a broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen with an eye cream during the summer months.
The skin around your eyes is more sensitive and thinner than the rest of your skin. As a result, it’s more prone to wrinkles, dark circles, dry patches, and lines.
Repetitive Movements and Expressions
The under-eyes area is extremely delicate, so it’s not unusual for those with expressive eyes to develop lines or wrinkles there. Facial expressions such as frowning and smiling will contribute to the formation of lines and wrinkles on your face.
As you grow old, your skin cannot get back to its original state. So, you will have a permanent development of facial wrinkles – including the under-eye area. To assist in the limited movement of your facial muscles, we recommend considering a Botox treatment.
As you age, your skin loses elasticity, and collagen production slows down. Your skin gradually becomes thinner and drier as well, which can make lines more pronounced.
Environmental factors such as wind, dry weather, and pollution can accelerate the formation of deep wrinkles under the eye.
Why Choose Dr. Donath
Under-eye wrinkles are some of the common problems people face each day. Learn how you can treat or prevent under-eye wrinkles through scientifically proven ways from Dr. Alexander S. Donath. This Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon practices in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Dayton, Ohio. Locals continue to recognize and appreciate the skill, expertise, and hospitality of Dr. Donath.
If you need the right surgeon for a procedure, we recommend only visiting a Board-Certified and experienced plastic surgeon who has specialized in the procedure you need, like Dr. Donath. Dr. Donath has a passion for assisting people in solving their cosmetic problems and developing more confidence. Our surgeon has proven methods for helping different patients from their specific backgrounds achieve natural and custom results.
If you want to schedule a consultation with Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Donath, call us at (513) 891-5438 or visit this link and fill out our consultation form. We are looking forward to helping you with a specialized plan that can help you achieve your desired results.