New pro­ce­dures and prod­ucts yield nat­u­ral-look­ing re­sults that can take years off your face. By Jes­sica Prince.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Beauty -


Is the skin un­der your eyes dark and hol­lowed out? Then con­sider Belotero, the fa­cial filler of choice to plump up tear troughs (the shal­low area un­der the eyes) and erase dark cir­cles. Belotero works by adding vol­ume to the con­tours of the trough, thereby elim­i­nat­ing the shadow that’s cre­at­ing the dark­ness in the first place. (Note: Un­der-eye bags re­sem­bling puffy bal­loons are a dif­fer­ent is­sue and can be re­moved only with surgery.) The treat­ment can wipe five to 10 years off your face in 15 min­utes, and for the next 12 months “you just look re­freshed,” says Wil­liam Kestin, an oph­thalmic mi­cro­sur­geon in New York. Kestin also used Belotero along­side Bo­tox on crow’s feet to fur­ther en­hance the anti-age­ing ben­e­fits. “If I’ve done my job cor­rectly, peo­ple will think you cut your hair or re­cently re­turned from va­ca­tion – no one will know you had any­thing filled.” Fusco con­curs, “Belotero fills smoothly with­out lumps or leav­ing be­hind a bluish hue like some other hyaluronic acid prod­ucts.” Plus, there’s no pain thanks to top­i­cal anaes­thet­ics. Doc­tors will of­ten ad­min­is­ter an oral nerve block, us­ing a tiny nee­dle in­jected in the mouth to numb the area. While a small num­ber of pa­tients may de­velop mi­nor bruis­ing and swelling, Kestin says that 95 per­cent leave the of­fice with im­me­di­ate re­sults and no side ef­fects.


So maybe you’re not quite ready to take the filler plunge. That’s okay. Lasers and peels can work won­ders for lines and dull, sag­ging skin around your eyes. Sloane Clinic’s Tear Trough De­for­mity fillers, such as Re­vi­talift Eyes (cost starts from RM1,800 for 30 min­utes, de­pend­ing on the pa­tient’s needs), uses nat­u­ral hyaluronic acid gel – a nat­u­ral su­gar mol­e­cule iden­ti­cal to those found un­der your skin – to plump up sunken lines and dark cir­cles. “As with all pro­ce­dures in­volv­ing in­jec­tions, mild pin pricks, marks, and swelling is pos­si­ble and they may take one or two days to sub­side. In rare cases, bruis­ing is pos­si­ble and may take three to seven days to dis­ap­pear. But they are usu­ally not too ob­vi­ous and one can re­sume nor­mal daily ac­tiv­i­ties,” says Dr. Kee, the res­i­dent med­i­cal con­sul­tant from Sloane Clinic.


One of the eas­i­est ways to re­ju­ve­nate your eyes is with Latisse, the FDA-ap­proved pre­scrip­tion for­mula that you brush onto lash lines daily. Fusco is a fan, and she claims it can give you fringe that ri­vals falsies in 16 weeks. She says she’s seen it re­move five years from women’s faces and cre­ate the il­lu­sion of a lifted eye. If you’re wary of the out­come, a new app called iLash Stu­dio may covert you. Up­load your photo and, in less than a minute, get a glimpse of your Latisse’d fuller-lash self. While risks (such as dark­en­ing of light-coloured eyes) are rare, speak with your oph­thal­mol­o­gist first if you’re still con­cerned.


Once you’ve de­ter­mined the right eye treat­ment for you, it’s cru­cial to up­date your at-home skin­care arse­nal to main­tain the re­sults. Ad­dress dark cir­cles and puffi­ness with eye creams con­tain­ing pep­tides or an­tiox­i­dants, like Per­ri­cone MD Blue Plasma Or­bital peel and In­tel­li­gent Nu­tri­ents Re­newal Com­plex Eye Gel, to be launched early next year. Di­min­ish lines and wrin­kles by ap­ply­ing non-ir­ri­tat­ing retinol for­mu­las made specif­i­cally for the eyes; try Eve Lom Eye Lift (RM260) and StriVectin-AR Ad­vanced Retinol Eye Treat­ment (RM290). Tighten skin and hy­drate brit­tle lashes with du­alact­ing prod­ucts such as Sothys Anti-Puffi­ness/En­er­giz­ing Roll-On (RM269) and Olay Re­gener­ist Mi­cro-Sculpt­ing Eye & Lash Duo (RM99.90).

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