The effects of blue light on photo-ageing is an area of increasing interest in the cosmetic industry and highly relevant to Australia’s insatiable appetite for the
use of digital technology.
A new concept in aesthetic treatment, referred to as WiF-EYE, explores the connection between increased use of digital technology, premature ageing and the development of lateral canthal lines (crow’s feet).
The eyes are the focal point and a key feature in animation and expression that facilitate and regulate our social connections. Periorbital wrinkles, such as frown lines and crow’s feet, can convey emotions, such as sadness, tiredness or anger.
Changes to the skin around the eyes, can have functional, cosmetic and psychological ramifications. Over time, as the skin loses elasticity, fine lines and wrinkles, including crow’s feet can become more visible.
The periorbital area, consisting of the eyelids and surrounding areas, is one of the first areas to show signs of ageing. This is often the result of repetitive contraction of the muscles around the eye area, such as squinting and closing of the eye. Dynamic wrinkles become static wrinkles over time, remaining on the face even after our facial muscles relax. When we age, skin loses its elasticity and volume loss occurs in the upper face. The periorbital skin is particularly susceptible to these changes.
Nowadays, environmental factors such as digital screen use and exposure to high energy visible light (blue light) may also contribute to the development of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. Frequent blinking and squinting from device use can increase dynamic movement, becoming static lines over time.
From longer working days to posing for selfies, Australians are using screens more than ever, with the average person now spending over nine hours per day looking at a computer, smartphone or TV screen.
WiF-EYE may contribute to the increasing number of Australians considering anti-wrinkle treatment, with 580,000 procedures expected to be carried out in 2019, an increase of over 30% in the last four years.
DYSPORT® (Clostridium botulinum type A toxin), has recently received regulatory approval as a new treatment option for crow’s feet in Australian adults. DYSPORT contains a purified botulinum toxin type A complex that has been widely used for more than 25 years across a range of therapeutic and aesthetic indications. It works by relaxing the muscles involved in the formation of dynamic wrinkles, including crow’s feet, in adults. The effects of botulinum toxin therapies are temporary and muscle function usually returns within a few months. The onset of action of toxin therapies can vary between 3 – 7 days.
Treatment schedules vary according to the product selected, individual patient characteristics and preferences. People interested in the effects of WiF-EYE and periorbital lines should speak to an aesthetic practitioner about a treatment option that is right for them.