When it comes to concerns about the under-eye area, this is actually one of the most difficult areas to treat. This month, we explore the world of treating the under-eye region, and answer the most important questions regarding your options if you have concerns about this area. You will learn about the best treatment methods for the under-eye, plus you will discover the where you can get dermal fillers or anti-wrinkle injections in Melbourne, if you are ready to take the plunge and treat an area that you might be concerned about.

Woman after anti-wrinkle injections treatment

1: What are the Factors that Contribute to Treatment Decisions?

Age: The age of the patient is always considered in this decision as in younger patients the skin under the eyes is more elastic, and therefore it can be easier to treat lines under-eye lines.

Loose skin under the eyes: Secondly, the amount of loose skin in the area is a factor. If it is possible to pinch and lift the skin under the eyes, it can be very difficult to treat lines.

How Established the Lines are: Next, we consider if the lines under the eye are established, meaning that the longer the lines have been there, the more difficult they are to treat – take a look at the image below for reference.

Depth of Lines: Very fine lines are generally easier to treat than strong and deep lines.

2: Can Anti-Wrinkle Injections Treat Under-Eye Lines?

The answer to this is a complex one, but the answer is: yes, however the side effects are likely to be worse than the aesthetic gains.

So what does this actually mean?

In general, this means that the risks of using anti-wrinkle injections to treat under-eye lines outweigh the benefits. These lines are very difficult to treat, and most professional injectors will not treat in the ‘no-go’ zone under the eyes. You can see where the ‘no-go’ zone is in the image below. Also featured in this image is the ‘caution-zone’, which is an area that we can treat, but must be careful to not overtreat. Overtreatment in this area can lead to the undesirable ‘chipmunk cheek’ effect.

The risks associated with anti-wrinkle injections in the under-eye area include:

Bags or swelling under the eyes: The muscle around the eye is a concentric muscle called the ‘orbicularis oculi’, and this contracts all throughout the day through eye movements and blinking. This muscle contraction also helps with lymphatic drainage, which is a very important bodily process. Anti-wrinkle injections reduce muscle contractions, which can potentially affect lymphatic drainage and lead to under-eye bags or fluid build-up in the area.

Ectropion: An ectropion is the eyelid equivalent of the lip flip. In the same way that anti-wrinkle treatment around the mouth can cause the lip to turn out slightly, using this treatment close to the eyelids can similarly cause them to turn out slightly. This can also cause redness to the eye and the eyelids.

Can Dermal Fillers Treat Under-Eye Lines?

Dermal fillers are designed to replace volume loss that is common in all of us as we age. The area closest to the under-eye that we treat with dermal filler is the ‘tear-trough’, which can be seen in the image below. However, it must be noted that treating this area is very complex and should only be carried out by experienced injectors, such as Oculoplastic surgeons. This is not a procedure or a treatment that we carry out at Cityskin.

Are There Alternatives to Dermal Fillers or Anti-Wrinkle Injections Under the Eye?

You have probably gathered so far that lines in the under-eye area are very difficult to treat. However, if you are still concerned about this area of your face, there may be some options that you can consider. If you have skin laxity – or loose skin – you could potentially benefit from a surgical procedure to reduce this loose skin. This must be performed by a plastic surgeon, and so it associated with extended recovery time, and substantial costs.

Another option to consider is laser treatments which can target the under-eyes. Fraxel and CO2 laser can work well for the area, however it is critical to note that laser treatment around the eyes is riskier, and it is very important to understand these risks before proceeding. Also note that CO2 laser is not a service offered at Cityskin.

Do You Need Anti-Wrinkle Injections in Melbourne?

By now you know that anti-wrinkle injections shouldn’t be used to treat the under-eye area. However, if you have another concern, such as forehead lines, brow concerns, or even crow’s feet, then you can consider anti-wrinkle injection treatment at Cityskin. Backed by over 10 years of experience and the professional expertise of our skilled practitioners, we are proud to be able to bring you the very best in cosmetic treatments and customer service.

For personalised anti-wrinkle injections in Melbourne that are tailored to your concerns and goals, book an appointment online at a clinic of your choice. Alternatively, you can also chat with us online now!

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