Young people seeking eye bag treatment after spending hours scrolling on social media

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Anaesthetist Dr Ed Robinson warned that he has seen a huge influx in complaints from young people who are suffering from ‘tired eyes’ due to spending hours flicking through social media

Young people are seeking treatments for their ‘tired eyes’ after spending hours scrolling social media and binge-watching TV series.

NHS anaesthetist, Dr Ed Robinson, says he’s seen a big increase in the number of young adults wanting help. He’s even had to turn away teenagers seeking treatment for their eye bags and dark circles. They’ve been complaining of tired eyes after spending hours scrolling through social media and watching Netflix, according to the NHS doctor.

“One thing I have noticed particularly in the last year is the rising presentation of younger adults complaining about tired eyes,” the expert said. “We are also seeing a huge increase in social media scrolling. Then there is also TV binge watching – whole series drop on Netflix and hook us.

“Our eyes are not resting enough, and we are seeing eye bags, dark circles, and a general ‘tired’ look. I’ve had teenagers, 18 and 19 approach me asking for treatment for tired eyes but I declined. I don’t routinely treat anyone under 25 unless there’s a clinical need.”

The NHS worker, who is also a leading aesthetics medic who runs Dr Ed Robinson Aesthetics’ in Altrincham, says he is concerned about the unregulated industry. Dr Robinson said he’s had to help patients who’ve suffered serious infections after having ‘black market botox’ which is injected into your face to fill lines and wrinkles.

And he’d helped another who had lost a limb after a “dodgy aesthetic treatment”. He warned that some dodgy firms had been using ‘black market botox’ imported into the UK without a prescription and fat dissolving injections. He warned: “This has led to serious patient complications.

“I have personally been involved in the care of patients who have suffered serious infections, or blocked blood vessels which can lead to permanent skin necrosis. I have witnessed complications both in my clinic and also my hospital role, including the loss of a limb following a dodgy aesthetic treatment. Aesthetic complications are constantly increasing and putting a burden on the NHS.”

The Government has been considering a licensing scheme for non-surgical cosmetic procedures which can cause “serious injury”. Health Minister Maria Caulfield told The Mirror: “We recently consulted on a licensing scheme for non-surgical cosmetic procedures in England, which will make it an offence for anyone to carry out procedures, such as Botox and dermal fillers, without a licence.

“The licensing scheme will cover those non-surgical cosmetic procedures which have the potential to cause serious injury or harm to members of the public who choose to undergo them.” They said anyone considering a cosmetic procedure should consider the possible impact on their physical and mental health, and find a reputable, insured and qualified practitioner. It is hoped risky breast and buttock procedures involving large amounts of volume will also be restricted to health care professionals.

Currently it is only illegal for under-18s to access Botox and filler treatments for cosmetic purposes. But Dr Robinson says simple lifestyle changes can help with the under-eye appearance, including hydration, getting a good night’s sleep and regular use of SPF, which prevents age-related sun damage. He says, however, for those “wanting to go the extra mile” for tired eyes – which are also a sign of the ageing process – he says people there are polynucleotides. These are from fragments of fish DNA to regenerate the skin.

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