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As we all know too well, ageing is a part of life. As our collagen levels start to decrease, our skin’s firmness and plumpness also start to decrease. The eyes are often the first area to show signs of lines, wrinkles and hollowness due to their delicate skin.

So, how do you treat ageing eyes?

From the ‘injectables’ including wrinkle relaxers, dermal fillers and PRP to the ‘energy-based treatments’ including SkinTyte, Dermapen and non-ablative lasers, there are many different modalities used to treat ageing eye concerns.

Skin specialist Cherie Cochrane has broken it down in her latest article on our website ‘Which eye rejuvenation treatment is right for you?’ 

Read it below!

Cherie Cochrane consultation

Which Eye Rejuvenation Treatment is Right For You?

So, how do you treat ageing eyes? While many practitioners might immediately recommend injectables, at Atlantic Dermatology and Laser, we take a different approach to eye rejuvenation. Skincare Specialist Cherie Cochrane emphasises a focus on personalising the experience to give her patients the best results.

With the increase in demand for eye rejuvenation, we’ve seen an improvement in non-invasive technology. More non-surgical options are available than ever before. These are some of the approaches that we use at Atlantic Dermatology and Laser when creating a rejuvenation plan. During a consultation, we go through the available options to suit your personal circumstances and work towards the look you want to achieve.

The eyes are the window to the soul, a conveyor of emotions. They make us unique and individual but what is the solution when they start to look tired and dull?

As we all know too well, ageing is a part of life. The eyes are often the first area to show signs of lines, wrinkles and hollowness due to their delicate skin. As our collagen levels start to decrease, our skin’s firmness and plumpness also start to decrease.

We often see patients that are unhappy with looking tired for long periods of time with dark circles and bags under their eyes, wrinkles, crepe paper thinning skin, or sagging hooded eyes. Other factors that contribute to looking tired and dark circles are excessive pigmentation, spots of discolouration. A common question we receive is how to correct this everlasting look of tiredness and give the area around the eye a fresh and rejuvenated look.


1. SkinTyte™ is fast becoming one of the most popular non-invasive procedures for skin tightening and improving skin laxity. Skintyte™ heats the dermis through the application of specialised light device. It causes skin tightening by collagen breakdown, followed by wound remodeling. Essentially damaging the skin to kick-start the repair process.

At Atlantic Dermatology and Laser, we use SKINTYTE™ for lower lid tightening and skin lifting. Weekly treatments are required for a minimum of six weeks, then recommended every three to six months for maintenance treatments.

Laser Eye lift- The Laser facelift treatment can be done specifically round the eye area only. This procedure removes the top layer of your skin and tightens the skin underneath. By doing this, several great things will happen in your skin e.g. collagen stimulation and remodeling of the eye skin. Laser Resurfacing is for patients wanting “Plastic Surgery Results” but not ready for going under the knife just yet. The depth of the treatment is dependent upon each individual’s skin condition, desired outcome, and expectation of downtime. At Atlantic Dermatology and Laser we use various different treatment depths to customize the treatment to suit each patients specific skin type. 

2. Nano Laser Resurfacing is effective for both light and darker skin tones. We use Sciton Nano Laser Skin Resurfacing for tightening the eye area, treating hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and scars. This technology generates pulses of energy, pushing heat to the deeper layers of the skin. This allows for the removal of the top layers of skin (epidermal micro-ablation) and resurfacing.

It leads to an improvement in skin texture, reduction of fine lines, and pigmentation. The downtime is minimal compared to ablative and non-ablative fractional laser.

3Dermapen is a medically advanced form of microneedling .When the needle tip makes contact with the skin, the needles create tiny punctures in the skin’s surface, causing micro-trauma, and inducing an immune response, and subsequently, the creation of new healthy collagen. The punctures also act as micro-channels that carry topical nutrients used during the treatment deep into skin layers for an increased effect. Because the needles oscillate as quickly as they do, the tip of the Dermapen™ easily glides across the skin, with minimal to no discomfort.

4. Carboxy Therapy   has always played a role in eyelid rejuvenation with great results. Carboxytherapy can improve the appearance of dark under-eye circles. By injecting a small amount of carbon dioxide gas just beneath the skin of the lower eyelid, circulation is increased, and dark under-eye circles can be improved. The treatment takes only five minutes. A series of 3-6 treatments spaced one week apart is required to achieve a good result.

Eye rejuvenation is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach, as each client may have a variety of concerns. This means that thorough assessments are crucial for a tailored approach of each patient. There are so many different non-invasive injectable and energy-based treatments available at the moment, it’s just a matter of finding the right fit for you.


1. Wrinkle Relaxers work to reduce, not eliminate eye wrinkles. They can be used to open the eyes and reposition the eyebrow.

2. Dermal fillers (hyaluronic acid) can be an effective treatment for a tear trough hollowness. When using dermal fillers to treat a tear trough, we look beyond the eye itself and first support the areas around temples, cheeks, and cheekbone region. 

3. Platelet-rich plasma and Mesotherapy (PRP) are popular treatment options too. PRP uses the patient’s blood platelets to generate new cells. The platelet concentration is up to five times higher than the plasma concentration and once activated, they secrete at least seven protein growth factors. PRP can promote wound healing and increase collagen bundle thickness, helping to improve lower lid fine lines and increase skin thickness. This is especially important for patients with thin crepey skin. We usually recommend three treatments four weeks apart with monthly maintenance treatments.

Cherie Cochrane

 Written By Skin & Laser Specialist Cherie Cochrane

Cherie specialises in the aesthetic side of Atlantic Dermatology and Laser. With over a decade of experience in skin, laser and aesthetic treatments, a results-driven approach and over 6 years as a business owner, she has created two successful aesthetic businesses. 

Cherie has recently moved to Cape Town and is a proven professional with a results-driven approach. Cherie has trained Doctors, Nurses, Therapists and Professionals to become leading experts within their chosen profession and won the prestigious international “Best Results” Laser competition by Sciton, competing against the top 200 clinics from around the world. 

After having your first consultation with Cherie, you will leave here educated and with a proper plan to get the best results for your skin