Your eyes may be the windows to your soul but it’s also one of the first places to show the signs of ageing, simply because the skin around the eyes is only one-third as thick as the skin on your face. Thinner skin = more delicate skin.
Your eyes are also hard at work all day, blinking about 20,000 times, expressing your emotions, and just looking at stuff. The eye area also has less sebaceous glands, making it drier and more prone to fine lines and wrinkles. Throw in your genes, a stressful lifestyle and the now increased strain of staring at your devices—yes, you have a problem.
And now that it’s mandatory to mask up when you’re outside your house, your eyes are going to be the first thing people see when they look at you. That includes your dark circles, puffiness and fine lines.
You could certainly apply a good anti-ageing eye cream to combat the problem—Dr Karen Soh, medical director of Privé Clinic, says one containing caffeine can help reduce undereye puffiness—but if your concerns are more troubling and you want to make a better impression, she suggests trying anti-ageing aesthetics treatments for the eyes.
While there are specific treatments to address the different ageing concerns of your eye area, Dr Soh recommends a combination of anti-ageing treatments for the best results.
“Most patients have multiple concerns, and every patient’s needs and concerns are different. Combination treatments can target a variety of ageing concerns at the same time. It also allows us to better tailor a holistic treatment that can work well together to better suit the condition of the patient.”
You won’t need to wait very long in-between the different treatments, as Dr Soh says that energy-based procedures like Thermage, Ulthera or lasers can be done together with injectables such as dermal fillers.
Before you reach out for your phone to start making an appointment, bear in mind these things before going for an aesthetics treatment.
1. Safety first
Ensure that the clinic you go to is reputable and their treatments are safe. All the treatments recommended by Privé Clinic have undergone multiple rounds of clinical testing, so you can be assured that they’re safe and gentle enough even for the ultra-sensitive eye area.
2. Experience matters
Always ensure that your doctor is experienced and skilled in administering such treatments, especially since the eye area does tend to bruise more easily.
3. After-care is important too
Post-treatment, don’t forget to keep the area clean, and be extra gentle when you apply your skincare. Other things to take note of include avoiding any sun exposure, and swimming or visiting the sauna until the area is fully healed. If you get a laser treatment done, do apply sunscreen on the eye contours daily as well. In addition, Privé Clinic also provides an after-care guide for all patients. It even has a dedicated hotline you can call for more post-treatment advice.
Here are three treatments you’d want to consider.