Under Eye Wrinkles: Solutions and Prevention

Under eye wrinkles, those fine lines beneath your eyes, are often associated with ageing and can make you look older than you feel. Whether you’re considering surgical options like blepharoplasty or non-surgical options to address them, here’s what you need to know.

Causes of Under Eye Wrinkles

These wrinkles are influenced by both intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Intrinsic factors are linked to ageing, while extrinsic factors include:

  1. Sun Exposure: Prolonged exposure to UV rays accelerates collagen breakdown, leading to premature ageing.
  2. Smoking: Smoking impairs circulation and oxygen levels in the skin, contributing to wrinkles.
  3. Poor Skincare Habits: Neglecting proper under-eye care and moisturization can lead to wrinkle formation.
  4. Facial Expressions: Repeated squinting and brow furrowing can cause fine lines and wrinkles.

Surgical Solution: Lower Blepharoplasty

For a surgical solution, lower blepharoplasty is a useful option. This procedure removes excess skin, fat, and muscle from the lower eyelids. It provides various benefits, including:

  • Reduction of under eye wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Improved appearance of puffiness and bags under the eyes.
  • Enhanced facial harmony and a refreshed look.

Recovery involves some initial discomfort and swelling, but most people can return to their normal activities within 1-2 weeks. The long-lasting results make it a worthwhile investment for those seeking a revitalized appearance.

Best Non-Surgical Treatments

If you prefer non-surgical options, consider the following:

  1. Tear Trough Fillers: Hyaluronic acid-based fillers are injected into the under-eye area for immediate results and minimal downtime.
  2. Cheek Fillers: Injected dermal fillers restore volume to the upper cheek area, reducing the appearance of under-eye wrinkles.
  3. Skin Boosting Injectables: Micro-injections of hyaluronic acid fillers hydrate the skin and reduce under-eye wrinkles.
  4. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP): This therapy stimulates collagen production and involves injecting growth factors for smoother skin.

Combining surgical and non-surgical treatments can be a powerful strategy for comprehensive results, allowing for customisation, minimized invasiveness, natural-looking results, and extended longevity.

Preventing Under Eye Wrinkles

Prevention is often more straightforward than removal. To prevent under-eye wrinkles, follow these tips:

  • Use sun protection with sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Maintain a healthy diet for skin health.
  • Stay well-hydrated to preserve skin elasticity.
  • Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke.
  • Be gentle with under-eye skincare.
  • Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep.
  • Manage stress to prevent premature ageing.


How can I reduce the appearance of tired-looking eyes?

Consult with a qualified provider for surgical or non-surgical options like fillers, skin boosters, and PRP therapy.

What are effective solutions for fixing droopy eyelids?

Consider blepharoplasty surgery to remove excess skin and tighten muscles.

How long do non-surgical treatments for under eye wrinkles last?

Results vary, but fillers typically last 6-12 months, and PRP therapy may require maintenance every 6-12 months.

Next Steps

For more information on under eye wrinkle treatment or to schedule a consultation, reach out to an experienced plastic surgeon.