Is surgery the only cure for my eye wrinkles?

Shh! Anti-agers no one but you need know about: Is surgery the only cure for my eye wrinkles?

  • Beauty director Inge van Lotringen advised a reader on reducing wrinkles
  • She suggests a no-downtime chemical peel to soften wrinkles in three sessions
  • She says results of the treatment are similar to using the CO2 laser 

Q: I have these deep wrinkles (but no bagginess) under my eyes that no eye cream seems to help. I even had laser treatment to no avail. Is surgery my only option?

A: Surgery is actually the wrong choice for you; ophthalmic plastic surgeon Mrs Sabrina Shah-Desai (perfecteyesltd.com) explains that so-called lower lid blepharoplasty is for correcting lax excess skin, not wrinkles.

For deep lines, one option is a course of no-downtime chemical peels (Enerpeel Eyes and Lips, £600 for four) that soften wrinkles and pigmentation over three sessions.

An anonymous reader asked beauty expert Inge van Lotringen for advice on reducing the appearance of wrinkles under their eye (file image) 

Sabrina is a fan of Tixel, a device that uses split-seconds of deep heat applied to the under-eyes to kick-start collagen production and create tiny pores that allow regenerating serums to penetrate.

Results are similar to those of an ablative (skin-removing) CO2 laser, but with less risk and downtime. Depending on how delicate your skin is, there are several intensity modules — I urge you to seek out a cosmetic eye doctor to ensure you choose the right option.


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The most intense, ablative one requires one session followed by days of skin weeping, redness and ‘micro’ crusts.

For the ‘mild’, minimal-downtime version, a minimum three sessions (from £550 each), spaced four weeks apart, are needed. The end result is the same: visibly less wrinkled skin for one to two years.

Inge van Lotringen (pictured) advised the reader to try three sessions of a no-downtime chemical peel

Ingeborg van Lotringen is beauty director at Cosmopolitan. Email questions to [email protected]

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