ABOUT DARK EYE CIRCLES & BAGS UNDEREYES
Do you suffer from a loss of volume under the eyes, dark circles, eye bags, or constantly look tired? In the past, only surgical blepharoplasty (lower eyelid removal) has been an option, but with advanced technology accompanied with expert skill our doctors can help restore volume and create a youthful look to your eyes by correcting the contours of your eye sockets.
What Causes Dark Circles & Bags?
Depending on the cause and each individual’s anatomy, dark circles (indentations) and/or bags can appear. These can be caused by multiple factors. In most individuals, the skin directly under the eyes is so thin that the muscle and blood vessels can be seen more clearly. This is why almost all of us have some degree of darkness under the eyes.
As we age, the skin grows even thinner, and we lose the natural insulating layer of fat beneath our skin. This causes underlying structures, like fat, to become more pronounced. What looks like puffiness that has appeared beneath the eyes is actually the fat that has always been there, now more visible due to thinning and hollowing in the area. This can be worsened by inadequate cheekbone projection.
Other causes, which include the following:
Facial aging and dark circles
- Volume loss or fat descent in the cheeks.
- Under eye volume loss.
- Lower eyelid (canthus) laxity.
- Thinning under eye skin.
- Bulging under eye fat.
Lifestyle choices and under eye circles
- Hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage.
- Caffeine consumption.
- Alcohol consumption.
- Sleep deprivation.
- Dietary deficiencies.
Other causes of dark under eye circles
- Hyperpigmentation caused by melasma.
- Nasal congestion.
- Medical conditions (eczema, thyroid problems, etc.).
- Venous congestion in under eye blood vessels.
- Environmental exposure.
It is quite a simple treatment, though it needs an expert hand to get it right.
The area under the eyes is assessed before treatment and your nurse or doctor will advise you on whether this is an effective treatment for you.
Dermal filler gel is very carefully injected, either directly into the depression or just beneath it, to increase volume and plump up the area whilst smoothing the contours between eyes and cheeks.
You will notice an immediate improvement from the filler straight after treatment but remember that your final results will not be seen until any swelling has gone down.
It can last up to a year or longer although this will depend on the filler used which can be discussed with your practitioner.
All treatments carry an element of risks so it is good practice to be aware of them before you decide to go ahead with treatment although they will also be discussed during your consultation.
This treatment risks and side effects are rare but they can include swelling, mild bruising and uneven or lumpy results.
Bruising and swelling will reduce in time, and any persistent lumpiness that you notice can be easily rectified with massage or, if necessary, with the use of hyaluronidase to dissolve the filler.
When it comes to having fillers you will generally have local anaesthetic cream applied to the areas before the treatment so although you may feel some mild pressure and movement the cream will make it virtually painless.
The time taken for treatment will vary between patient and practitioner. Usually patients are pleasantly surprised at how quick it is with some treatments taking as little 10 minutes.
The results with dermal fillers are instant. After the procedure has been carried out the treated area may be slightly red and/or slightly swollen, however you can resume normal activities, drive yourself home or return to work immediately after the treatment. You may require further treatments depending on the severity of the eye bag.