Have you ever looked at someone and thought to yourself, wow, they look tired? Or maybe it was your own reflection, dark circles under your eyes staring back at you, making you look tired or aged, even when you’re not.
There are several conditions that fall under the umbrella term of “dark circles.” Sometimes they’re called “bags” under the eyes or “sagging skin” beneath the eyes. While the ‘tear trough’ area is with us from birth, and part of the normal contours of the face, they can worsen over time for a number of different reasons.
For people who have pronounced bags under their eyes or hear frequent comments about how tired they look due to dark circles, their biggest concern is not how they got them, but how they can get rid of them.
Dermal Fillers for Under the Eyes
Everybody has some form of a normal, natural contour around the eye area. Genetics play a big part in determining how deep that contour goes. For individuals born with thinner fat pads beneath their eyes, it can cause the eyes to look quite dark and hollow. One solution to the problem is to use dermal fillers in the hollowed out area beneath the eyes.
Using dermal fillers specific to the eye area, small injections are made beneath the eyes along the rim. The filler enhances the appearance of your eyes, giving them the added fullness, even in the absence of adequate fat pads. Fillers can also be used to camouflage the bags under the eyes and the loss of volume in the cheek area.
There are several well-known dermal filler products available for plumping the area under the eyes, with extremely successful results, such as Juvederm®, Restylane®, and Belotero®. With the popularity of this procedure growing constantly, new products continue to be developed and brought to market, so your choice of dermal fillers will likely continue to increase.
Because every individual is unique, you’ll want to discuss your options with your doctor. Finding a qualified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in dermal filler under-the-eye application is critical. They will be able to guide you to the right filler or some combination of dermal fillers that will allow you to best achieve your aesthetic goals.
What Can I Expect from Using Dermal Fillers Under the Eyes?
Expectations should really be set by your plastic surgeon since the various dermal fillers all react a bit differently once injected. But there are some generalities that hold true for most dermal filler procedures. You should expect to be bruised and swollen after the procedure for up to two weeks. In some individuals, it is very minimal, but in others the bruising is more noticeable.
The procedure itself is usually painless and, barring any complications, can be performed in under 30 minutes. A very small needle is used to insert the filler, and depending on the severity of the condition, it can take three to five injections on each side.
There is virtually no downtime required, although it may be recommended you forego any rigorous activities for a day or two. Side effects can include some swelling, bruising or discomfort at the injection sites, but these are temporary and will dissipate rapidly on their own.
Most dermal filler results are not permanent, but your improvements can last about nine months, with some individuals enjoying their rejuvenated look for just over a year.
Dr. Dawli is happy to offer noninvasive correction and improvement of the under eye area and looks forward to meeting you.