For many of us, it can take more than eight hours of shut-eye and a healthy lifestyle to look bright-eyed and bushy tailed! While we can turn to mascara and contact lenses for big, beautiful eyes, sadly the results are nothing but short-lived. We spoke to four experts on how to improve the appearance of dark circles and eyebags, and ways to make your eyes bigger and brighter with popular eye treatments like botox, ultherapy, blepharoplasty, browlift,and eye serums.
If you want a non-invasive eye treatment but don’t have time for multiple sessions, check out Ultherapy. This non-surgical treatment can be selectively applied around the upper and lower lids, lifting the area for brighter eyes and less droopy eyelids, with visible results achieved in just one session. According to Dr Goh, this is the most effective lifting treatment among other non-invasive options in the market. Using ultrasound imaging, which allows the doctor to see the layers of tissue targeted, Ultherapy ensures that ultrasound energy is deposited precisely and accurately. Since this clinic uses the latest improved version of this technology, you can look forward to less pain and enhanced effectiveness. What’s more with no downtime required, you can immediately resume whatever you were doing before the treatment. Now who wouldn’t like that! For an added at-home boost, Dr Goh recommends using the Eye Rescue serum, a lightweight hydrating formula that contains peptides to firm and reduce eye bags and circles.
Popular eyelift options like Botox and Thermage are offered here, but The Sloane Clinic also provides a variety of surgical and non-surgical services to smooth out fine lines and lift the eye area. Keep those brows perky and raised with the Voluma High Definition Lift, a sculptural hyaluronic acid filler that gives the skin an instant boost and supports the brows to prevent drooping. Another recommended treatment is the clinic’s new Ultimate Eyelift Program, which uses the latest SmartX laser technology to promote deep collagen replenishment and open droopy eyes. An all-in-one multi-tasker, this procedure tones up heavy or puffy lids, while thin and crinkly skin is strengthened and smoothened.
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For dark circles caused by the leakage of blood from fragile veins, Dr Sylvia Ramirez from Cutis Medical Laser Clinics recommends her Dark Circles No More serum. This formula speeds up the breakdown of blood and boosts pigment elimination to lighten dark circles. For dark circles caused by tear trough deformity, which creates a ‘gutter’ effect under the eyes, the Medical and Scientific Director suggests using an injectable filler containing hyaluronic acid, which helps lift the sunken tissue. Suffering from crow’s feet? Botox might just be the answer. It works by temporarily blocking the signal from a nerve to a muscle so that the muscle contraction relaxes and softens, effectively reducing wrinkles. Then, pair it with Dr Sylvia Skin Care ELASTIfirm Eye Serum for lasting effect.
While dark circles can be countered with adequate rest, or camouflaged using eye gels that contain astringents or silica, these remedies typically work for those who are younger. Dr Andrew Khoo, Plastic and Aesthetic Surgeon at Aesthetic & Reconstructive Centre, recommends radiofrequency (RF) and Broadband Light (BBL) treatments for dark under-eye circles. What about under-eye bags? With age, the skin under the lower lid naturally becomes lax, resulting in prominent sagging. In such cases, this centre offers lower lid blepharoplasty to redistribute fat, tighten the lower lid and remove excess skin. If you’re a victim of droopy eyes, apart from Botox and RF treatments, you can also try brow lifts to reposition and lift the brow area.