Posted on Sunday, May 1, 2011 · Leave a Comment

No-surgery ways to anti-age your eyes

The area around the eyes is one of the first areas to age partly due to thinness of skin. Aside from cosmetic surgery there are non-surgical options to improving the appearance of eyes. In his book The Nervous Girl’s Guide to Nip and Tuck Dr Patrick Bowler, cosmetic doctor from the TV series 10 Years Younger considers the no-surgery treatments for anti-ageing your eyes.


Crow’s feet are branches of wrinkles which develop around the outer corners of the eye and Botox is used to relax the muscle in that area. It reduces the appearance of wrinkles and prevents new ones from developing. Small quantities can be used to freeze some and not all of the muscles.

Pros: gives a natural look.

Cons: doesn’t always work on the shallow, fine lines that gather just under the eye.

Cost: between £250 – £300 per session

Treatment time: 10 minutes

Effects last: 3-4 months


By relaxing the muscles that pull down your face you can give the up-lifting muscles an advantage. It works better on those with well-toned facial muscles – your doctor should be able to give you an idea on how well it will work for you.

Cost: around £250 per session

Treatment time: 10 minutes

How long does it last? 3-5 months


Removes dead skin and helps stimulate production of collagen and elastin. The deep exfoliation helps plump the face as newer skin looks smoother and less wrinkled. Not suitable for darker skin types as it can cause patchy increased pigmentation.

Pros: improves the complexion and targets specific wrinkles.

Cons: sensitive skin can become red and sore, but causes no long term damage.

Cost: between £75 – £90

Treatment time: 30 minutes

Effects last: 2-3 weeks. Best results seen with one session a month for six months. After that, maintenance boosters every 2-3 months.



It removes the top layer of skin – wrinkle and all – with a strong laser. This triggers growth of a fresh new layer of skin. You will need local anaesthetic, but the treatment isn’t painful but soreness follows during recovery time. It’s a last resort procedure and more suitable for severe wrinkles.

Pros: little layers of skin can be removed at a time which is more accurate than a chemical peel. May be more expensive than Botox but restores skin’s glow as well as reducing wrinkles.

Cons: skin will look and feel raw for two to three weeks after treatment and could stay red for up to six months.

Cost: around £1300 per session

Treatment time: 30-60 minutes

How long does it last? Effects last 3-5 years, but it is a one off treatment, it’s not safe to repeat it


An exciting new treatment that uses radio waves to tighten the skin. If done between the top lid and the eyebrow it can even lift the eyelid slightly. Some systems require anaesthetic but others will just give a feeling of deep heat. Could be painful around the eyes as there’s less fat to absorb the heat.

Pros: the effects continue to improve weeks after the treatment.

Cons: pain is common when the bone is immediately underneath the skin, but less painful where there is more fat to absorb the heat.

Cost: varies from doctor to doctor and the type of machine, but expect to pay anything from £500 to £3500 per session.

Treatment time: 45 minutes

How long does it last? 1-2 years


Spider veins are caused by a single blood vessel rising to the surface and bursting into visible capillaries. Anyone can get them but they usually occur if the skin has been over-exposed to the elements such as sun and wind or during pregancy. IPL and lasers will reduce the appearance of spider veins and the sensation feels like the skin is being pinged with an elastic band.

Pros: can take up to two sessions to get rid of them completely.

Cons: but they can return if you overdo it in the sun.

Cost: around £100 to £200



An uneven skin texture or pigmentation usually occurs in dark or black skin and can be triggered by skin conditions, hormonal changes or excess sun damage. Two steps are taken – firstly a powerful medical prescription-only lightening agent is used at home then a course of gentle chemical peels at the clinic. The chemical peel bleaches and removes pigmentation from the top layer of the skin.

Pros: the best no-surgery option using this two pronged attack.

Cons: results cannot always be guaranteed.

Cost: £75-£100 per session

Treatment time: 15 minutes

How long does it last? Effects can be maintained with a session every 2-3 months.


Solar keratosis (SK) look like small red, raised patches or rough scaly skin usually appearing around the eyes, temples and forehead in older age. In some cases SK can be cancerous so get it checked by your GP first. Layer by layer they are removed or frozen off using liquid nitrogen.

Pros: a better option if you’re scared of needles.

Cons: treatment is painful but it works.

Cost: around £200 per session

Treatment time: 15-30 minutes per session

How long does it last? It disappears but may form again


Yellow fatty lumps are rare but they usually crop up near the corners of the eye. They can be a sign that you cholesterol is high, so seek advice from your GP first. Lasers are using to burn the fat, they can also be cut out but this leaves a scar.

Pros: they can disappear for good providing your cholesterol is normal.

Cons: treatment can be sore

Cost: around £500+ per session

Treatment time: 30-60 minutes

How long does it last? Disappear, but they may return if your cholesterol is high


Little round pearly bumps called syringomas are common and are usually benign tumours of the sweat glands, appearing under the eyes and on the cheeks. Lasers are used to flatten the syringomas used with a little anaesthetic.

Pros: more of a cosmetic problem rather than a health problem.

Cons: lasts long-term but might be painful.

Cost: around £500 per session

Treatment time: 45-60 minutes

How long does it last? 2-3 years

Treatment time: 5 minutes

How long does it last? Forever


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