Can You Get Rid of Undereye Wrinkles?

Medically Reviewed on 12/22/2020

Getting rid of undereye wrinkles

Yes, you can get rid of undereye wrinkles.
Yes, you can get rid of undereye wrinkles.

Yes, you can get rid of undereye wrinkles. To know what things can help you do that, let us understand why you get wrinkles.

Wrinkles are formed due to disturbances in the production of collagen and elastin in your skin. Collagen and elastin maintain the elasticity of the skin and prevent the skin from thinning and sagging. When sagging occurs, it results in wrinkles. Wrinkles are a part of the aging process, but some factors cause wrinkles on your face even at a younger age than other people. These factors are:

  • Sun exposure
  • Crow’s feet due to aging
  • Unhealthy lifestyle (lifestyle loaded with processed foods, sugary soft drinks, sedentary lifestyle)

This can be achieved with some over the counter (OTC) creams, prescription creams, and dermatologist-recommended procedures. While creams take a long time to show the effects, cosmetic treatments and aesthetic procedures can give you quick and more effective results.

Retinoids

Retinoids are available in OTC creams as well as prescription creams. Retinols are the natural form of Vitamin A. They are available in various skin products and OTC creams. Tretinoin is a synthetic form of Vitamin A and is available as a prescription cream. Retinoids are one of the most proven topical medications to combat the signs of aging, such as wrinkling, roughness, and uneven skin tone.

Chemical peels

Chemical peels with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), such as glycolic acids and lactic acids, can help reduce the appearance of fine undereye wrinkles. This is a procedure to be performed only by a dermatologist or a qualified, trained aesthetician. Glycolic acid is also available OTC in the form of creams in concentrations of 6% and 12%.

Eye fillers

Eye fillers, also known as dermal fillers, are used to lighten the tear trough or undereye wrinkles. They make the undereye area look plumper and brighter. The commonly used fillers are Restylane, Belotero, and Juvederm that contain hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid supports collagen production in the skin. Its transparent nature and natural look are the reason behind its popularity.

Microdermabrasion, micro-needling

Microdermabrasion uses a special machine that rubs gently on your skin working like gentle sandpaper. At home machines are available but professional machines used by a dermatologist are more powerful.

Micro-needling is making use of fine (micro) needles to rub over your skin through an instrument known as a derma roller. The procedure triggers your skin to grow more collagen or elastic tissue.

Botulinum toxin injections

Botulinum toxin (Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin) is injected in the undereye area. It works by paralyzing the eye muscles and reducing the wrinkles that appear with facial expressions. However, you must keep taking the injections, usually at intervals of 3-4 months that adds up to the maintenance cost.

Lasers

Laser therapy, known as laser resurfacing, makes use of pulsating beams of light at irregular skin, precisely removing skin layer by layer. This stimulates the skin's production of collagen, which plumps up undereye skin and reduces wrinkling.

Photodynamic rejuvenation (PDT)

This therapy can help treat fine lines due to sun exposure.

LED light therapy

Light-emitting diode or LED light therapy is an emerging and noninvasive form of skin treatment that uses blue or red infrared light. It can be used to treat undereye wrinkling. The treatment can be taken at a dermatologist’s office or in the form of face masks that can be applied at home. Unlike laser, it does not burn the skin reducing the downtime.

Additionally, incorporating a few changes in your lifestyle will help the treatments to be long-lasting and reduce the appearance of new wrinkles.

  • Wear sunscreen (sun protection factor or SPF of 30 or above)
  • Ditch smoking
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Get adequate sleep (about 7-8 hours)
  • Moisturize the undereye area before going to bed (light moisturizers targeted for the area)
  • Destress

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Medically Reviewed on 12/22/2020
References
WebMD. Wrinkles. https://www.webmd.com/beauty/wrinkles#1

Cleveland Clinic. Best Options for Your Droopy Eyelids, Circles, And Sags. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/best-options-droopy-eyelids-circles-sags/