Bags and dark circles under the eyes are a common cosmetic complaint, since they can make you look much older and more tired than you feel. While you may turn to topical skin lighteners to reverse this concern, there is actually a procedure that offers better results. Dermal fillers have been shown to significantly reduce bags and dark circles under the eyes, by treating the underlying reason for the problem. The greatest benefit is that these injectable treatments can refresh your appearance without incisions, anesthesia or downtime.
Causes of Bags
There are a number of reasons why you might develop that baggy look and dark circles under the eyes:
- Lack of sleep
- Sun exposure
One of the most common reasons for these issues is the simple aging process. Over time, our bodies produce less collagen, which leads to thinning skin and the formation of wrinkles. When the skin begins to thin underneath the eyes, the underlying blood vessels can make the area look discolored. The problem is exaggerated by the hollowing of the tear trough area, which adds to the shadowed appearance.
Benefits of Dermal Fillers
When properly placed in the tear trough area under the eye, dermal fillers can dramatically improve the look of bags, puffiness and dark circles. Today, there are a host of different filler formulations, including some with very small particles and a smooth texture that tend to work very well in the delicate area under the eye.
Dermal fillers work by providing support to the underlying skin structure that has been lost by a decrease in collagen levels. By restoring that support, we can effectively add fullness and smooth away fine lines and wrinkles from the inside out. With different fillers available, we can easily customize this procedure to the unique concerns and desired results of each of our patients.
The Procedure and Results
Dermal fillers are administered by injection to the treatment area. The procedure usually takes just a few minutes to complete. While the fine needle used for the procedure causes minimal discomfort when treatment is performed in the sensitive area under the eyes, a topical numbing cream may be applied first to ensure patient comfort during treatment. Injections are carefully made at strategic locations underneath the eye to produce the most natural results.
Patients are generally able to return to regular activities as soon as their treatment is over. There can be mild swelling and bruising around the injection sites, but these side effects usually subside within a matter of days. The results of the procedure can be seen right away and will improve in the days following treatment. Most patients enjoy results for six months or longer before a touch-up procedure is needed.
Choosing Your Injector
While dermal fillers can be safely and effectively used to treat the area under the eyes, the procedure must be performed carefully to ensure the results are smooth without noticeable bumpiness. The injector must also take care to avoid any blood vessels in the treatment area, since the filler could migrate to the eye through the vessels and damage eyesight. Usually, deeper injections are recommended for this area to avoid these potential complications and achieve the best possible results.
Michelle Giglio, PA-C is highly experienced in all types of dermal fillers and serves as a trainer for other providers. Her experience and expertise in this area gives patients the confidence in knowing their procedures will be as safe and successful as possible. To learn more about treating bags and dark circles under the eyes without surgery, contact Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery today at 770-667-3090.