Take a Good Look: Treatments for Brighter Eyes
Now more than ever, skincare is at the heart of self care. Whether we’re on a Zoom call with colleagues, catching up with friends and family while social-distancing, or making a quick trip to the grocery store, having healthy-looking skin is one of the best ways to feel confident and in control of our “new normal.” It’s true: in the age of coronavirus, requests for procedures ranging from simple facials and injectables to actual plastic surgery are at an all-time high. We may be covering our faces to protect ourselves and our neighbors, but we’re no less attuned to how the uncovered areas of our skin appear — and eyes are our top priority. Here, Jordan Jacobs shares the best ways to achieve a vibrant visage by rejuvenating the skin around the eyes. Let’s get started!
A Fresh Perspective
Early signs of aging (think bags, wrinkles, and dark spots) can cause our eyes to look tired and stressed, even when we’re well-rested. The good news? Depending on the specific concern and factors like facial structure and skin type, there are a variety of options that can dramatically improve the delicate eye area. “I use various products beneath the eyes, from Botox (smoothing serum) and Restylane Refyne to Juvederm and Voluma, among many others. It all depends on the presentation of the client,” says Jordan. “When selecting the appropriate undereye filler, I account for skin tone, texture, the type of concern, and the underlying boney structure of the area.” By tailoring treatments to each patient’s concern and biological disposition, Jordan achieves natural and brilliant results.
Some eye concerns respond best to injections with smoothing serum (Botox), such as crow’s feet, fine lines beneath the eyes, hooded eyelids, and “jelly rolls” — those little pockets of skin beneath the eyes. Smoothing Serum works to relax the facial muscles that pull on the skin and cause wrinkles to form and deepen over time. It can also help to open the eyes by tightening loose, hanging, and lax skin around the upper eyelids. Often times, Smoothing Serum is part of a multi-pronged approach to achieve a client’s goals and may be used in combination with fillers for a balanced, natural-looking result.
Jordan has extensive experience with a wide range of fillers including but not limited to Restylane Refyne, Defyne, Lyft, Silk, Revanesse Versa, Juvederm, Voluma, Vollure, Vobella, Radiesse, and Belotero. Results are based on your goals, filler placement, and your body’s metabolism, so it’s important to have a thorough consultation to determine which treatment is best for you. Not all fillers are created equal, but that’s a good thing! Most fillers are reversible, with the exception of those made with Hyaluronic Acid, biostimulators (Sculptra and Radiesse), and bovine-derived collagen (Bellafil). On average, most clients can expect to get up to a year out of a single treatment.
Platelet-Rich Plasma aka The Vampire Facial
Platelet-rich plasma is a regenerative treatment that activates your body’s own healing capacities to create new collagen, repair damaged cells, and stimulate new growth. This is a great alternative for clients who want to go the “natural” route, or for those with health concerns due to pregnancy or chemotherapy treatments. While PRP is highly effective, it typically takes several sessions to see results — compared with a single treatment of Smoothing Serum or fillers. However, PRP may be right for you if you’re also looking to even your skin tone, smooth skin texture, eliminate dark spots, or rejuvenate more than just the area around your eyes.
Threadlifting is a great way to lift the eye area without undergoing surgery. During this procedure, threads are inserted beneath the skin to stimulate neocollagenesis and non-surgically reposition tissue that has fallen with age. Each treatment typically takes 15 mins to 45 mins to perform and results last for one to two years. Threadlifting is much less invasive than a traditional facelift and comes with the benefit of minimal downtime and discomfort. Compared with Skin Rejuvenation treatments like the PRP facial, threads offer the regenerative component of collagen stimulation and physically reposition the skin, whereas facials and peels cannot. Want to know more about threadlifting? Check out our blog in the coming weeks for a deep dive into this increasingly popular procedure.
Combination is Key
For the brightest results, Jordan recommends using a combination of these therapies around the eyes. “Although one modality can be effective, the best results are achieved when a cocktail of treatments is implemented according to that client’s specific needs and goals,” she says. “This is usually achieved over a period of time, as it takes a few weeks for most products to fully settle in.” In addition to treatments, Jordan recommends a proactive and preventative skincare regimen that includes:
- Anti-aging cream with Retin-A, Tretinoin, or Retinol
- Skin brightening cream or serum with hydroquinone or vitamin C
- Regenerative cream with peptides and growth factors like Neocutis or TNS
- Eye Cream with peptides and brightening components (she recommends Lumiere Eye Cream)
- Gentle exfoliating scrub
- Daily broad-spectrum 50 SPF sunscreen (ISDIN Photo Eryfotona Actinica for sun-damaged skin)
Contact Jordan to learn more about eye treatments and find the solution that’s right for you.