Eye Wrinkles

  • Best Results1-3 sessions
  • Treatment Recovery0-9 days
  • Procedure TimeVariable
  • Skin SpecialistNurse, Davin Lim
  • Duration of Results16 to 48+ months
  • AnaestheticVariable
  • Back to WorkVariable
  • Cost$-$$$$

Eye Wrinkles

Eye wrinkles can be classified as dynamic or static. Dynamic wrinkles such as crow’s feet are exacerbated by movement. Static wrinkles are wrinkles at rest. I employ injectables, lasers, micro needling, chemical peels, energy devices & surgery to treat periocular wrinkles & laxity. Skin care with retinoids & alpha hydroxy acids can prevent eye wrinkles.

FactsFacts on Eye Wrinkles

  • Crow’s feet are due to expressive muscle action
  • Simple muscle relaxing injections can treat & prevent this type of wrinkling
  • Sun damage causes break down of collagen
  • This form of wrinkling presents as deep static wrinkles
  • Lasers & peels are required to diminish static wrinkles
  • Skin care can prevent & reduce all types of wrinkles

How to approach eye wrinkles?

Eye Wrinkles

The best treatments are aimed at looking at the entire cosmetic unit that is the orbit. This means the relationship between the eyes (& wrinkles) & the surrounding skin.

If you have wrinkles caused by muscle movement, simple muscle relaxing injections are best. Once muscle movements are reduced, your wrinkles will get less. It often takes 3-4 months.

If you have deep wrinkles secondary to sun damage, laser resurfacing or chemical peels are best. Most patients will also have an element of dynamic wrinkles, hence a wee bit of tox will help.

How can dermal fillers help reduce eye wrinkles?

Dermal fillers are invaluable for the under-eye area – if it is correctly performed. Fillers, as the name suggests, provide volume replacement. If you are hollow, you only have three choices to replace volume- fat, filler, or a dermal implant. Lasers, peels, HIFU & RF/Thermage cannot replace subdermal volume (in some cases they make it worse).

I use a variety of fillers ranging from calcium hydroxyl through to hyaluronic acid fillers of varying molecular weights. 

What is the rule for dermal fillers under the eye?

HA fillers used strategically can be very effective. We have known for the past 6 years that fillers around the eyes can last for a very long time. Anecdotally I still have filler under my eyes from 2016! How I approach my patients is how I approached my own filler placement. I had only 0.15 ml of HA filler, aiming for a very slight, but noticeable correction. Over the next few years, the area took in more water, hence it looks better with time. This is how I fill the under-eye area.

Why does under eye filler cause swelling & what to do?

There are two main problems with fillers under the eyes, firstly they take in water over time, leading to swelling, bulging & overcorrection. This happens when your injector tries too hard to correct tear troughs & undereye wrinkles.

Secondly high-density HA fillers can lead to Tyndall; namely blueing of the skin due to superficial or migrating fillers. This is less important if you have darker skin, but very noticeable if you have light skin.

Davin’s Viewpoint on eye wrinkles

To do it well, you must look at the orbit as a unit that merges in with the temples & forehead above, and the cheeks below. It is the ‘C’ shaped area we are talking about. It is far more complex than injecting Tox or laser resurfacing eyelid skin.

In younger patients (late 30s and below), most can get away with simple muscle relaxing injections. In some cases, dermal fillers can either correct or enhance age or genetic deficiencies. Simple no downtime procedures like Tixel can be effective.

In rare cases, eye creams can make a difference.

In middle-aged patients, I tend to use less neurotoxin (as I do believe the eye muscle can help lift the cheek below). I tend to use more dermal fillers & address skin quality. The latter can be treated with superficial fractional lasers, including LaseMD, Fraxel, Frax, & even CO2.

For older patients, the solution is not a ‘one shot’ treatment. Medium depth peels are useful, ablative resurfacing can give good results. If wrinkling is severe, surgery is an option. Displacing wrinkles with dermal fillers address both volume & static wrinkling.

Ablative lasers can make a significant impact in the eye area, for deep resurfacing, only one session is required.

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