Gemma Montgomery Skin. Skin Care specialist.

The saying goes ‘The eyes are the windows of the soul’. But have you been looking in the mirror recently thinking more along the lines of old soul?

Rest assured, you’re not the only one! In fact I’d estimate 90% of women who walk through my clinic door are concerned about their ageing eye area. The most common complaints are:

Crows feet – The lines that extend at the sides of the eyes when we smile appearing more prominent. These lines may have become present on the skin when the face is at rest.

Crepey under eye skin – The skin under the eye’s become less taught and supple, appearing saggy and crinkly.

Eye bags – The under eye area has become puffy with fluid retention.

Hollowing and dark circles – Eyes are appearing more inset and dark shadows are more evident.

Upper eye skin feels heavier – The skin above the eye lid has stated to drop, making you appear more tired and annoyingly causing applied eyeliner to smudge on to the eye lid.

In a nutshell, the eye area is often the first place you’ll see the signs of ageing due to the following:

Quick self test

To test the resilience and elasticity of the skin under your eye, pull the skin under the lower lid gently forwards and see how long it takes for it to snap back into place. It should be pretty instant. A few second or longer indicates loss of elasticity.

Although we all expect to have signs of ageing as we grown older, people often get disheartened if it’s happening earlier than expected or if others are commenting on you looking tired all the time.

So lets dive into the costly eye ageing habits:

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Treatment options

Botulinum Toxin A injections

At Gemma Montgomery Skin strategically placed injections using the prescription medicine Botox, can be used to soften crows feet lines and lift the upper eye skin, to create a natural, rejuvenated appearance. Treatment is subject to suitability following thorough medical consultation. Prices from £180

Dermal fillers

Treatment with hyaluronic acid dermal fillers can be given to help with under eye hollowing and shadowing, known as tear trough filling. I personally do not perform this eye rejuvenation treatment due to the potential associated risks. For those interested I am happy to recommend a suitably qualified medical specialist.

If on examination the problem is sinking of the upper fat pad of the cheek, then this can easily be restored and rejuvenated with hyaluronic acid dermal filler. Treatments start at £500 and are subject to full medical consultation.

Skin needling

A simple procedure performed in my clinic. The skin around the eye is traumatised using very fine needles. The trauma stimulates the wound healing cascade, resulting in increased collagen production and smoother, tighter, brighter skin. Prices start at £150

Prescriptive eye treatments

A 45-minute eye treatment combining massage, lymphatic drainage and prescriptive topical active skincare. Price £75.

So as you can see the topic is quite lengthy and everyone’s concerns are different, but I hope I’ve covered all options as concisely as I can.

If you’d like to discuss your concerns further then call 01422 385265 or email hello@gemma-montgomery.com.

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