Your eyes can become a cosmetic concern long before the signs of aging are expected to begin. Dark circles and bags underneath the eyes can appear much earlier than you might think, giving you a perpetually weary, aged look. If you are tired of looking tired all the time, there are non-surgical treatments available at New Visage that can revive tired eyes and refresh your entire look.
The Culprit behind Bags and Dark Circles
You might be surprised at exactly why bags and dark circles occur. These changes are often due to hollowing in the tear trough area that are the result of loss of volume underneath the eyes. Collagen is the essential substance produced by the body that supports the skin structure and gives skin its smooth, supple look. Over time, our bodies produce less collagen, which leads to loose, thinning skin and the appearance of facial creases.
When the skin begins to thin in the already delicate area underneath the eyes, it is easier for the underlying purple muscle layer to show through. Loss of volume, caused by decreases in collagen, can exacerbate the look by adding bagging under the eyes to the overall appearance.
Dermal Fillers 101
Dermal fillers are an injectable treatment that adds support to the underlying skin structure, restoring volume and smoothing away fine lines and wrinkles from the inside out. These treatments can effectively reverse hollowing in the tear trough, eliminating the appearance of both dark circles and under-eye bags. There are a variety of dermal filler formulations to choose from, which allow them to be used for a variety of treatment areas and purposes.
Choosing the Right Filler
It is important to choose the right filler for treatment under the eyes. If a thicker formulation is used, it can result in lumps and an uneven, unnatural result. Smoother formulations consisting of smaller particles are generally preferred, particularly solutions that contain hyaluronic acid as their base. Both Juvederm and Restylane may be selected for this purpose. While hyaluronic acid doesn’t last as long as some of the other active ingredients, it does offer the best possible results in this delicate area.
Choosing the Right Provider
Even more important than the selection of your dermal filler is your selection of an injector for your treatment. The area under the eyes can be one of the most difficult to treat with these injectable formulations, since the thin, delicate skin does not leave much room for error. Choosing a provider that is experienced not only in dermal filler injections, but specifically injections under the eyes, is the best way to ensure the most positive outcome from your treatment.
Planning for Results
Injections of a dermal filler take just a few minutes to complete and the procedure is relatively painless. If you are concerned about discomfort in the sensitive area under the eyes, a topical numbing cream can be applied prior to your procedure. Results of your injections should be seen right away and will likely improve in the days following your procedure. Some of our patients find injectable treatments under the eyes can last many weeks longer than injections in other areas of the face.
If you are tired of looking in the mirror and seeing an older, wearier version of yourself gazing back, help is available. Contact New Visage today at 252-808-2NEW to find out whether dermal fillers might be the treatment you are looking for.