For many patients, visible signs of ageing around the eye area are often a major concern, leading them to seek out under-eye rejuvenation and tear trough treatments for a refreshed appearance. Visible signs of ageing around the eyes are often characterised by fine lines and wrinkles, dark circles, sunken eyes, tear trough hollows and ‘bagging’. These are some of the most noticeable physical effects that patients face as they age. These perceived flaws can often give the patient a fatigued appearance, despite leading a healthy lifestyle and maintaining an adequate sleep schedule, leading them to seek out under-eye rejuvenation treatments as a means of cosmetic concealment.
However, with under-eye rejuvenation and tear trough techniques evolving in the aesthetics industry, there are now a plethora of treatments intended to address these issues. So how do you decide which one is right for your patient?
We explore the best techniques to effectively treat your patient’s under-eye concerns and promote a rejuvenated appearance.
What Is Under Eye and Tear Trough Rejuvenation?
Under-eye rejuvenation, also referred to as tear trough treatment is a popular alternative to the surgical procedure, blepharoplasty. Focusing on rejuvenating the periorbital area, under-eye and tear trough treatments are intended to provide an efficient solution to an array of concerns.
These treatments encompass different techniques to help soften the appearance of perceived flaws – each dependent on the patient’s aims and skin quality. With the likes of puffiness and dark circles amongst common complaints in aesthetic medicine, under-eye rejuvenation makes for the perfect treatment to help combat a host of treatments, without going under the knife.
Why Do Patients Opt for This Treatment?
The skin in the periorbital area is typically much thinner in comparison to other areas of the face. As we age, there is a depletion of collagen stores and skin elasticity, making the under-eye area even thinner. Plus, with how much strain imposed on the eyes and the constant motion of the under-eye area, it’s likely that there will be a gradual formation of fine lines and wrinkles.
Because of this, many patients seek non-surgical solutions to correct their perceived flaws with tear trough treatment being one of the most popular for rejuvenating the eye area.
Who Can Offer Under-Eye/Tear Trough Rejuvenation Treatments?
Due to the delicate nature of the under-eye area, tear trough rejuvenation requires a skilled approach. Keeping in mind the thinner nature of the skin, tear trough rejuvenation requires a trained and knowledgeable practitioner to effectively treat this area of the face.
One practitioner with merit in under-eye rejuvenation is none other than Dr Uche Aniagwu who simply goes by Dr Uche.
Who Is Dr Uche?
Considered one of the leading experts in under-eye and tear trough rejuvenation, Dr Uche has established himself in the UK as a key contributor and educator within the aesthetics community and as a clinical practitioner. Frequently dubbed by his patients and followers as ‘The Eye Guy’ or the ‘Tear Trough King’, Dr Uche offers his patients an exclusive treatment service intended to restore and elevate the under-eye area. Boasting an impressive background and history of medical training, Dr Uche has been commended for his skillset in rejuvenation of the under-eye with a natural approach. With his mantra of ‘restoration, not transformation’, Dr Uche also offers tear trough training and innovative CPD courses to help up-skill practitioners into confident, consistent, and safe injectors.
With over 8 years in practice, Dr Uche holds vast experience in treating the periorbital area within the aesthetics industry. Fox Group spoke with Dr Uche, as a specialist of under-eye rejuvenation for his professional opinion and approach to the treatment.
Who is the ideal candidate for under-eye rejuvenation/tear trough treatment?
“The idea that a practitioner can look at a face and know an ideal candidate for tear trough filler is a little misleading. It requires a clinical assessment to establish the “ideal” candidate and even then, the suitability comes down to the skill of the practitioner. Three clinical presentations always remain true for a patient to have higher odds for a successful treatment: good skin quality, no on-going oedema and true hollowing present.”
“The presence of all three of those things could constitute the ideal tear trough candidate but even at that, it presents differently on different patients and also requires a suitable medical history.”
As an expert in this field of work, what is your preferred technique to use when treating the under eyes?
“I think it’s safe to say that hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers are the gold standard for managing the infraorbital region. They have a level of reliability; they are immediate and still are one of the few injectables options that can add good volume to the region. Now, of course, HA fillers come with their risks and so regenerative options are absolutely making a push as a combination treatment or even a replacement in some cases. I use both at a 1:1 ratio in my practice. Irrespective of the modality chosen, using a cannula in this region is a necessary skill. I suggest that all injectors commit to being entirely comfortable feeling the plane depth when using a cannula. When you have become more advanced, then combining cannula and needle work yields the most optimal results. Again, only once injectors are very advanced.”
What is your top piece of advice for practitioners treating the under-eye area?
“Make sure you get educated. This area is one of the most in-demand areas to treat and brings ample satisfaction to patients and practitioners when done correctly but make no mistakes; it’s a toughie! Ensuring you’re staying up to date with your education around techniques and products is crucial. Probably nowhere in the face does the technique-product combination matter more. Beyond that, it’s about getting the repetitions in. You cannot be good at what you don’t practice and as long as injectors are being safe, they should expect linear progression in their ability to treat the region.”
Fox’s Take on Under-Eye Rejuvenation
Here at Fox, we are huge advocates of under-eye rejuvenation; the results obtained from this non-surgical procedure can offer significant visible benefits. With a myriad of products available on our roster, here are some of Fox’s favourites for a flawless under-eye, without the need for invasive surgery.
*Dr Uche is not affiliated with any products listed*
Seventy Hyal 2000, dubbed as The Next Generation Skin Booster, is an injectable skin-enhancing agent formulated with the hydrating molecule, hyaluronic acid (HA). Intended to restore moisture to dull and dry complexions, Seventy Hyal 2000 aids in the bio-stimulation of collagen and elastin for firmer-looking skin that emits a radiant glow.
In addition to utilising Seventy Hyal 2000 for facial enhancement, this skin booster is effective in treating the tear trough area for a visibly brighter under-eye. With a high molecular weight of hyaluronic acid (HA), Seventy Hyal 2000 implements a boost of hydration to dry and dull-looking under- eyes whilst adding gentle, restorative volume.
Moreover, as Seventy Hyal 2000 functions as a bio-stimulator, vascular occlusions are less of a concern due to the thinner consistency however it is crucial that practitioners do not overfill this area when injecting.
Intended to reduce the appearance of dark hollows, practitioners can follow our expert, Seventy Hyal 2000 under-eye protocol to ensure a safe and efficient treatment for their patients which can be found here.
Another Fox favourite for treating the under-eye area is Nucleofill Soft Plus Eyes, a polynucleotide-based gel intended to regenerate the skin in the periocular area.
Nucleofill Soft Plus is a subtler alternative to tear trough filler and is intended to help decrease lower eyelid puffiness, fine lines, wrinkles, and volume loss. Further working to renew and refresh the skin around the eyes for a brighter and firmer appearance, Nucleofill Soft Eyes has been specifically created to improve the trophism of the periocular area. With scientific data to support the results, this treatment is safe for all skin types and can be used in combination with other treatments to improve the appearance of the tear trough area.
A tailored treatment to help further combat dark circles and eye bags, will you be adding Nucleofill Soft Eyes to your roster?
Light Eyes Ultra is solely formulated for treatment of the skin around the eyes and eyelids – an effective alternative blepharoplasty with a lower likelihood of complication.
Developed with a concentrated cocktail of skin-enhancing ingredients formulated to help treat skin in the delicate eye area. The innovative blend of ingredients works to revitalise and rejuvenate the periocular space and contains enhancing components including Hyaluronic Acid, Rosemary Extract, Argireline, Vitamin C, Rusucs and Blueberry Extract amongst various other antioxidants that work effectively combined to produce impressive results.
This expert mix of ingredients works to refresh the eye area and improve poor circulation for a brighter and more youthful appearance – helping patients to appear more rested without the need for invasive surgery. In addition to brightening the eye area, Light Eyes Ultra also functions to reduce eye bags, improve the appearance of fine lines, moisturise and revitalise the area and to eradicate dark circles.
Under-eye rejuvenation can be a successful treatment when treated by a skilled and trained practitioner. It is crucial that practitioners are training with knowledgeable educators in order to offer this treatment. Dr Uche trains all over the UK and Europe and can be found on Instagram at @drucheuk or on his online training platform at www.druche.academy.
Moreover, careful patient selection is vital when deciding which technique and product to utilise for the most effective results. It’s also important for practitioners to take into consideration any potential side-effects when treating the tear trough area due to its delicate nature. When it comes to selecting the correct products for under-eye rejuvenation, it’s vital that practitioners are proficient in using the product range. It’s also important ensure that the products are sourced from a credible aesthetics supplier, such as Fox Pharma, to guarantee that the product is both safe and legitimate for use.
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