Eye Rejuvenation Q&A with Dr. Steven Swengel

Eye Rejuvenation Q&A with Dr. Steven Swengel | RefinedMD, Los Gatos

Eye Rejuvenation Q&A with Dr. Steven Swengel

With all the creams, serums, eye masks and gadgets out there to refresh the eye area, it’s hard to know what to use or how to treat the delicate skin around your eyes. Whether it’s droopy lids, under-eye bags, crow’s feet, dark circles or overall puffiness, it seems like everyone has a different eye concern, and the solutions keep growing every day. Luckily, many of these concerns are best treated without surgery using Botox (neurotoxins), dermal fillers, and skin tightening procedures available at RefinedMD. In this post, Dr. Steven Swengel shares his expert opinion and answers some of the most frequently asked questions on rejuvenating your eyes.

What results can you achieve with a good eye cream?

Eye creams can contribute to overall hydration which helps to plump the dermal matrix, erase fine lines, improve circulation and lessen the appearance of dark circles.

What are some of your go-to eye creams and serums?

My favorites include Hyalogy Eye Cream, RestorSea Eye Serum, Sente Illumine Eye Cream, Revision DEJ Eye Cream, and Envy Revitaleyes. I also recommend DefenAge for facial anti-aging to many of my patients. Using the serum around the eyes helps to stimulate epidermal turnover.

When is a good age to start using an eye cream, and why should you start using one if you don’t already?

Very simply put, the sooner the better. There’s the saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and it couldn’t be truer.

A big beauty myth is that Preparation H reduces puffiness under the eyes. Do you recommend using it?

The vasoconstrictors and steroids in Preparation H help to reduce the swelling of tender, swollen veins, more commonly referred to as hemorrhoids. The swelling under the eyes is not typically a result of inflamed veins but rather due to retained water and protrusion of orbital fat pads with age.

Can at-home light therapy devices improve the eye area?

Home light systems usually have such low energy outputs that they can safely be used over the eyes when they are closed. We offer office-based light therapy that is stronger and more effective. However, neither of these therapies is a slam dunk as far as results. Red light, in particular, has a photobiomodulating effect that stimulates collagen, improves blood flow and reduces the changes to eye skin due to aging. It is imperative that you are certain your system is safe to use over unprotected eyes.

When should someone consider getting fillers over surgery to rejuvenate the eye area or correct under-eye bags or hollows?

When there is festooning in the lower lids due to enlarged, protruding fat pads and severe undereye laxity, surgery is usually the only option. However, if there is only mild tear troughing, where eyelid skin meets with the thicker skin of the cheeks, dermal fillers can effectively produce dramatic results.

For people nervous to go under the knife, is there a non-surgical alternative to blepharoplasty?

There may come a time when surgery is the only solution, but there are several non-surgical treatment options that can help to correct laxity, fine lines and ‘tired eyes’. Eye creams, laser resurfacing and RF systems can help to tighten loose tissue around the eyes, while hyaluronic acid-based fillers plump and firm under-eye hollows. Laser treatments, including Genesis and Infini, which combines microneedling with RF energy, are great options to stimulate collagen and rejuvenate lax tissues as well as to reduce the appearance of dark circles. When festooning is the primary condition in the lower eyelids, Ultherapy, a non-invasive ultrasound treatment, can achieve amazing results.

Do you have a question to ask Dr. Swengel regarding eye rejuvenation

Contact RefinedMD today and schedule a consultation. Dr. Steven Swengel and his amazing team will take the necessary time to answer all of your questions and help you make an informed decision on the best non-surgical eye rejuvenation treatment to help you look young and alert.