One of the first places to show signs of aging is around the eye area - the skin around the eyes is thin and delicate, and wrinkles begin to develop before the rest of the face.
If you want to get rid of wrinkles under the eyes, you have plenty of treatment options to try - let’s dive into what causes under-eye wrinkles and what treatment may be right for you!
What Causes Under-Eye Wrinkles?
Our skin naturally changes with age, but the skin around the eyes may show signs of aging more quickly simply because of its structure. The skin around the eyes comprises several layers, but unlike the skin on the rest of your face, these layers are paper thin and very delicate.
Loss of Collagen and Elastin
We lose about 1% of our collagen production each year after the age 30. Collagen helps keep the area under the eyes plump, even-toned, and youthful — meaning that we become more prone to thin, crepey skin when collagen production declines.
The sun can damage the skin around your eyes, even if you are wearing sunglasses. Some eyewear (even if it has shaded lenses) does not have proper UV protection, and sun damage around your eyes can result in lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and rough texture. You may also develop dark spots underneath your eyes.
Lifestyle choices play a large role in the aging process. For instance, if you’re a smoker, you may be more likely to see wrinkles and fine lines appear due to dehydrated skin and free radical damage. Excessive alcohol consumption, lack of sleep, and continually rubbing or pulling your eyes will also cause the skin around your eyes to lose its resilience.
Just like the color of your eyes is determined by your DNA, your genetics also play a role in the condition of your skin. If one or both of your parents have visible wrinkles around the eyes, there’s a higher chance you will, too.
The facial muscles that give you the ability to have expressions weaken with age. They also cause dynamic facial lines to appear when you make repetitive expressions. Lines around your eyes may form because of the weakening facial muscles or repetitive facial expressions.
Thankfully, there are solutions available for dealing with eye wrinkles that range from highly invasive to non-invasive and painless. Here is a breakdown of common treatments for eye wrinkles so you can find your ideal treatment.
How To Address Eye Wrinkles
1. Cosmetic Surgery
Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is a plastic surgery that involves removing excess skin from the upper or lower eyelids to reduce sagging, loose skin and wrinkles. The average cost of eyelid surgery is around $4,000+, and the recovery time varies based on the type of procedure. This invasive surgery is performed under local anesthesia and generally requires several weeks of downtime to recover.
The results of cosmetic surgery vary - so be sure to always seek several opinions from credentialed plastic surgeons before undergoing invasive procedures.
Both dermal fillers and freezers are commonly used to treat wrinkles in the eye area. Freezers temporarily paralyze specific facial muscles so that certain facial expressions are impossible. When the muscles aren’t in use, the wrinkles begin to fade — however, they will come back if injections are not received continuously (about every three months).
Dermal fillers are another common treatment for under eye wrinkles. Fillers can be used under the eyes to plump the under-eye skin and reduce the appearance of hollow or crepey undereyes. These injections will also need to be repeated to preserve your results and come with side effects like bruising. If dermal fillers under the eyes are improperly placed, they can even result in blindness.
Just like you should seek expert advice from a licensed professional for plastic surgery, you should also look for a licensed nurse injector or plastic surgeon to perform any kind of facial injections or fillers to ensure your safety.
3. Microcurrent Therapy
If you’re looking for an under eye treatment that does not involve plastic surgery, injections, or downtime, you may want to consider microcurrent therapy. Microcurrent technology uses low-level microcurrents to stimulate the skin and muscle to help refresh your skin’s appearance by mimic the body’s natural ionic flow.
Microcurrent treatment is a comfortable, non-invasive, and a convenient option. NuFACE® makes it easy for you to treat your eye wrinkles in the comfort and privacy of your own home.
NuFACE: Your Skincare Secret
To manage deep eye wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes (like crow’s feet or under eyes), consider using a NuFACE Microcurrent Device. The NuFACE TRINITY+® and Effective Lip & Eye Attachment comes with a dual-wand attachment to target both the eyes and the lips.
How To Address the Look of Eye Wrinkles With Microcurrent
- PREP. Remove your eye makeup and cleanse your skin with an oil-free cleanser like Prep-N-Glow® Exfoliating & Hydrating Facial Wipes. Spritz Supercharged IonPlex® Facial Mist onto your skin to prepare it for microcurrent treatment.
- BOOST. Apply your favorite Super Booster onto your fingertips and massage it into your skin until fully absorbed.
- ACTIVATE & LIFT. Apply a mask-like layer of Microcurrent Activator to the area of skin you want to treat, like your eyes. Using your device, begin feathering away the lines and wrinkles around your eyes, using an upward, circular motion.
When you are done, follow up with NuFACE FIX® to instantly feather away fine lines for a smooth, radiant complexion.
Adding NuFACE FIX to Your Skincare Routine
Adding NuFACE FIX to your under-eye skincare routine helps to instantly blur the look of fine lines and wrinkles. You can use FIX alone or after your Effective Lip & Eye treatment for even more line-smoothing power.
- Apply a thin layer of NuFACE FIX Serum to your eye area.
- Using your FIX device, perform gentle feathering motions to the under eyes and crow’s feet to smooth lines and wrinkles. Your device will automatically turn off at the end of your 3 minute treatment.
- Massage in any excess FIX Serum, then apply your favorite eye cream and sunscreen for a glowy, radiant look!
Goodbye Eye Wrinkles
NuFACE allows you to treat under-eye wrinkles without the need for risky cosmetic procedures! Minimize the look of eye wrinkles quickly and easily with the power of microcurrent therapy in just minutes a day.