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As we approach the festive season, this is the best time to consider treatments that are more likely required during the winter months and the festive season to ensure you look and feel your best.

What impact does the winter weather have on your eyes and skin?

Winter weather is always swinging between cold, wet, bright, mild and freezing.
These regular changes in weather can impact the skin negatively by making it feel dry, flaky and dull; furthermore, you may start to notice dark circles under the eyes.

Furthermore, excessive reading or screen use with central heating, as well as long hours indoors exacerbates dry eyes. Sometimes the eyes are so dry that they water and fill with tears, blurring your vision.

What treatments are there for tired eyes and skin?

THE EYE APPEARANCE

Tearfill for dark circles under the eyes:

Medical treatments can improve the reflection of the light in the dark circles or under eye hollows, known as the “Tear Troughs”. Although people try various non-surgical creams skin tightening procedures, one of the best way of treating dark circles is with hyaluronic acid gel and using the TearFill technique by Ms Jane Olver.

This is a special technique to achieve a very gentle fill just around the dark circles, so they are slightly more elevated beyond your normal tissue and have a smooth contour with the upper cheek. Read more…

Blepharoplasty eyelids:

Upper eyelid hooding or eyebags can weigh the lids down and interfere with the field of vision, or just be a cosmetic nuisance.

Upper eyelid blepharoplasty surgery is designed to rejuvenate the upper eyelids surgically to give a natural refreshed look. Blepharoplasty is an eyelid reduction or eyelid lift and involves removing the excess hooded skin and deeper fat if required. Blepharoplasty can be life changing for people who feel their appearance is perpetually tired-looking. The result is a rejuvenated eye area that looks, firm, fresh and more youthful.

The best results are obtained when the upper eyelids are operated as there is instant rejuvenation and opening up of the eyelids plus removal of the heavy feeling caused by the hooded heavy upper eyelid skin.

Even the vision improves as the visual fields become larger.

THE FACE APPEARANCE

Skin care:
For your face apply your tretinoin cream 0.025 or 0.05% at night to rejuvenate the skin, and still wear a light SPF 50 UVA and UVB cream during the day even if it is not sunny.

Non-surgical face and eye lift:
Ultherapy is a non-invasive ultrasound treatment that stimulates the deep dermis of the skin to produce new collagen in the deep skin and therefore tightens and elevates it the jowls and around the eyes. It is known as the “non-surgical face and eye lift”. At Clinica London, we specialise in using Ultherapy around the eyes, lower face and neck. Read more…

Non ablative fractional laser (NAFL) skin resurfacing:
Laser microbeams are used for improving skin quality by treating skin pigmentation, age or sun spots, fine lines around the eyes and for improving overall skin appearance.

Laser skin resurfacing (also called laser peel) is carried out using a specialist machine whereby the outer layers of skin are gently resurfaced, giving a less wrinkled, smoother and more refreshed looking skin. It involves gently stimulating the deeper layers of skin using extremely concentrated, targeted, microscopic beams of laser energy. The process removes extremely precise small amounts of skin in a very controlled fashion.

Non ablative fractional laser (NAFL) skin resurfacing is an out-patient procedure which encourages new skin to grow, making the skin feel and look better by reducing scars, wrinkles and blotchy patches. The downtime is minor redness for up to 3 days.

Three to four sessions are required and are done by the Dermatology Nurse under the guidance of the Dermatologist Dr Jennifer Crawley and the Oculoplastic Surgeon Ms Jane Olver.

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FOR TIRED WORK EYES

Optilight Intense Pulse Light for dry eyes:

Intense Pulsed Light is the first and only FDA-approved treatment for dry eye disease due to meibomian gland dysfunction. Optilight also treats many dermatological conditions, such as rosacea, acne and skin pigmentation.

The treatment is a straightforward short light exposure around the eyes, which is bright but is not harmful to your eyes. The treatment is painless and done as an outpatient. Read more…

FOR YOUR GENERAL WELLBEING

General tips on eye health and appearance, and skin quality in winter

It is important to remember to drink plenty of water especially when consuming alcoholic beverages in order to maintain a hydrated skin which helps the skin look vibrant and feel fresh.

Get plenty of sleep.

Go outside for at least 30 minutes during the day, well wrapped up against the cold, as natural light is good for your eyes.

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