How do under eye wrinkles form?

Under eye wrinkles form from a variety of different causes. These include: damage from UV rays resulting in a loss of skin elasticity and firmness. Also tissue atrophy and volume loss under the eyes can also contribute to the formation of wrinkles.

Can I use Juvederm or Restylane for under eye wrinkles?

Juvederm and Restylane are both forms of hyaluronic acid. They are formulated as clear colloid solutions where particles are suspended in a gel medium. Light rays tend to refract when passing through this type of medium. And this will produce a bluish colored hue. Beneath the eyes, this will look particularly obvious because the skin in this area is very thin.

How can under eye wrinkles be addressed?

Under eye wrinkles can be addressed quite effectively through the use of a dermal filler known as Radiesse.  Radiesse is made of tiny white particles made of calcium hydroxyapatite. Because it is opaque and not clear, it will not be subject to the Tyndall effect and cause discoloration. However, the injection technique is important for positive results, as there is the risk of lumps developing if the filler is not applied correctly.

How long does Radiesse last?

Radiesse results can last anywhere from 12-18 months.  However, the exact amount of time will be different for each person.

Can lasers be used to treat under eye wrinkles?

Laser resurfacing can be used to treat fine lines under the eyes. It enables the formation of new collagen which helps tighten the skin, leading to a reduction in the appearance of these lines.

What creams or products would be helpful for improving the appearance of under eye wrinkles?

There is a lot of research which confirms the effectiveness of retinoids in being able to create improvements at the cellular level. Retinoids work by increasing cellular turnover and promoting the development of new collagen fibers.  They can offer improvement for fine lines under the eyes. And they can also be used to maintain and promote younger looking skin. Some people may benefit more from prescription strength forms of retinoids. For others, this may be too harsh and over the counter retinols may be more suitable.