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Botox is a famous tool for keeping wrinkles at bay. But it turns out it can also be used to treat eye bags. This article will cover everything you need to know about using Botox to treat your eye bags, including the different injections and their effects, what to expect during and after your appointment, and more.
First things first: why do we get eye bags?
When we’re young, the skin around our eyes is firm and taut, but as we get older, that skin starts to lose its elasticity. The muscles underneath our eyes start to sag as well. This causes pockets of fat under the eyes to become more prominent, making them look puffy or swollen. That’s when you might notice bags under your eyes.
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Botox for eye bags
The words ‘You look tired,’ perhaps even more than the dreaded ‘Have you put on weight?’, are the ones no woman wants to hear.
Yet I used to hear them all the time. Even after a good eight hours of sleep.by TaboolaSponsored LinksYou May LikeNew RPG, get into Top 10Hero WarsWhy Are Dubai Villas So Cheap? (Take A Look)Buy Villas in Dubai
I remember feeling crushed when I returned from a holiday in Barbados and a colleague said: ‘You look exhausted.’+8View gallery
Anna Magee hated her under eye bags, which made her look tired and drew comments from concerned friends
Why? Because I have dark circles under my eyes no amount of make-up or sleep can erase. And they’ve worsened over the years.
Now aged 46, I’m convinced the first thing people notice about me is not my big brown eyes, but the purplish shadows under them.
I’m not alone. When cosmetic company Clinique surveyed 13,000 of its customers, 53 per cent said under-eye circles and puffiness were their chief beauty concern.
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She agreed to under go a £1,700 three step treatment and she says she has never had so many compliments
Apart from having kept the world’s concealer companies in business for the past 20 years, I have tried just about every potion, massage technique and gadget.
I even tried haemorrhoid cream. Apparently, supermodels use it on puffy eyes because of its supposed anti- inflammatory effects. It didn’t help at all.
So when I heard about Tri Eye, a new technique that promises to use not one, but three non-surgical treatments for dark circles, I had to give it a go.+8View gallery
The Tri Eye treatment, by Dr Maryam Zamani – an ocular plastic surgeon – uses ultrasound, fillers and Botox
Offered by Dr Maryam Zamani, an ocular plastic surgeon, the £1,700 Tri Eye treatment uses ultrasound, fillers and Botox. A staggering 40 per cent of her practice is devoted to helping correct dark circles.
‘It’s the first place on the face anyone looks,’ she says. ‘People don’t look first at jowls or smile lines, they will always be drawn to the eyes. If your eyes look tired, you will look tired, too.’
BLAME YOUR GENES
Though lack of sleep can dehydrate skin, making dark circles more noticeable, the amount of shut-eye you get has little to do with dark circles, says Dr Nicholas Lowe, consultant dermatologist at London’s Cranley Clinic.+8View gallery
Anna’s eyes are marked up before the treatment, which begins with a type of ultrasound to stimulate collagen
The cause is often associated with skin type. In pale skin, dark circles are often a purplish-red colour and are caused by blood vessels showing through the skin.
‘Skin under the eyes is thin and doesn’t have oil glands or hair follicles,’ says Dr Lowe. ‘That’s why in white people blood vessels tend to show through, resulting in a purplish appearance.’
Other causes are increased pigmentation, particularly in people with olive skin. This type is most often genetic.I was cursed with all the causes of dark circles: olive skin; wrinkles, partly due to a childhood in Australia when sunscreen was not applied to under-eyes; a tear trough; and sagging
‘Skin appears darker under the lower eyelid in those with olive skin because skin is thinner in this area,’ says Dr Lowe. Not only that, but olive skin keeps producing pigmentation, which makes dark shadows appear deeper as the years pass.
But, as Dr Zamani explains, wrinkle shadow, which worsens with age, is a common cause of dark circles. Skin around the eyes ages faster than in other areas, partly because sunscreen is rarely applied there, but also because it is thin.
‘You eventually end up with sagging and a tear trough forms, along with darkness,’ Dr Zamani says.
The tear trough is the line under the eye caused by sagging skin, which results in a shadowing effect and darkness around the eye.
Unluckily for me, I was cursed with all the causes of dark circles: olive skin; wrinkles, partly due to a childhood in Australia when sunscreen was not applied to under-eyes; a tear trough; and sagging.
So would I really be able to blitz my eye bags?
The first part of the treatment involved Ultherapy, a type of ultrasound using sound energy to bypass the surface of the skin to stimulate collagen production deep beneath the surface.
Too good to be true? Well, ultrasound technology is the only non-surgical treatment approved by the stringent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help treat dark circles and sagging.
And in a study published last year, all subjects reported a tightening of the skin and improvement in their dark circles after it.+8View gallery
Dr Zamani applies a gel before Anna’s laser treatment, which bypasses deep below the surface of the skin
But make no mistake – it hurts. Dr Zamani told me to take two paracetamol, which I did, and offered me a half a valium, which I refused – foolishly. The treatment was administered with a gun-like contraption that Dr Zamani placed on my skin.
The result was zaps at three- second intervals, which felt like tiny jackhammers drilling through the bones around my eyes.
The more she zapped, the more it hurt; an intermittent, deep, pushing pain like someone was hacking into my brain.
Dr Zamani worked across my brows, under my eyes and at the sides. Thankfully, it was all over within ten minutes.
Though I was terrified by the list of possible side effects – welting, bruising, swelling and redness – I experienced none and left without even a hint of redness.
LIFT AND PLUMP
Two weeks later, it was time to have the rest of my Tri Eye treatment: fillers and Botox, administered on the same day.
First, the fillers. Dr Zamani injected a soft form of hyaluronic acid into the tear trough. Yes, it hurt – but for no more than five minutes and was a little like being flicked by an elastic band.+8View gallery
Anna says the treatment is painful and feels like tiny jackhammers drilling through the bones around her eyes
Hyaluronic acid is a produced naturally by the body and a synthesised version has been used as a filler for the last 20 years.
However, in the past, tear trough treatments with fillers have tended to result in lumpiness.
‘Patients would almost get a kind of lake effect under the eye as the filler doctors were using was too thick, which made the problem worse,’ she says.
‘I use a newer form, Volbella, that’s lighter and does not leave any bumps.’
After that, Dr Zamani massaged the filler around the eyes. The effect was immediate. My eyes looked more alive.
Be warned though, the use of fillers in this area has been associated with complications, says Dr Lowe.+8View gallery
Next hyaluronic acid is injected in Anna’s tear ducts and Dr Zimani massages the filler around her eyes
‘Not only can you get lumps if the practitioner doesn’t know what they’re doing, but there have been several cases of blindness where inexperienced practitioners have injected filler into the blood vessels,’ says Dr Lowe. He says it’s important to make sure your doctor is a fully qualified ocular plastic surgeon, like Dr Zamani, or a dermatologist.
Dr Zamani then applied the final treatment – Botox to the muscles that surround the eyes.
‘This helps elevate the brow and also decreases the appearance of crow’s feet,’ she says.
Two weeks later, I flew home to Australia. I have never received so many compliments in my life. The Botox and filler had made an almost immediate difference in the darkness and wrinkling.
But the real difference didn’t happen until about three months later, when I began to need less concealer. Today, the darkness and wrinkles around my eyes are dramatically reduced.+8View gallery
After Botox Anna says the treatment had an immediate effect and now she has less need to wear concealer
Though the fillers and Botox will last only three months, the effects of the ultrasound will continue to increase collagen production. It won’t halt the ageing of my eyes, but it will slow it down.