How to Get YOUNGER EYES
New procedures and products yield natural-looking results that can take years off your face. By Jessica Prince.
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.
THE EYE-LIFT FACIAL
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).