Eyes / Under Eye
The under eye area is one of the first areas of the face to show signs of aging. The average person blinks 15-20 times a minute, or 1200 times an hour! This necessary function of the eye lid keeps the eyes lubricated but blinking gradually causes the skin to lose elasticity and produce less collagen. The tissues under the eye is naturally thinner and shows more signs of aging sooner.
Before and After
A common concern of many of our patients is “looking tired” even when sleep deprivation is not an issue. Often, the under eye shows volume loss more dramatically than other areas of the face. Dark circles are often shadowing causes by volume loss. The good news is there is a solution, facial filler. We prefer Vollure®, a HA filler which is soft and smooth. It does not tend to hold water like other past generation HA fillers. In most cases, we prefer injecting the under eye area using the microcannula technique. This blunt, rounded tip catheter reduces tissue irritation, bruising, and swelling by about 80%. Since this is a very delicate area we recommend under treating the area with plan for several treatments to gradual restore volume. This method reducing risk of swelling and down time.
Other under eye issues include crepe texture, dehydration, and crow’s feet. Tricks for these issues can be as simple as changing skin care product to one that clinically improved the quality, hydration, and thickness of the delicate under eye tissue. My favorite product is Biopelle® Stem Cell Eye cream. I haven’t found another eye product that can beat it!
Sometimes skin laxity needs tightening. We offer an array of options for building collagen and tightening the under eye area. Energy devices such as Ultherapy® & Exilis® provide heat to tighten. Our latest collagen fix for the under eye area is the use of extended release smooth PDO threads. As the body absorbs the fine PDO suture, it stimulates collagen production over a 3-4 month period of time. Results last about a year.
Remember, the eyes tell all so take care of your eyes. They are the mirrors to the soul.
Q: I am 24, African American, but of a light complexion. I have very sunken under eyes with dark circles, & fine lines, I can’t even go makeless because of this issue and when I do wear makeup, every concealer sinks into my fine lines, & since I am light...
Q:I have malar edema. Is it fixable? 3 surgeons in Florida say no? A: Hello and thanks for posting. Malar edema is also known by the name malar bags or festoons. It is a very common problem and many people develop malar edema simply as a feature of facial aging....
Q: I'm 32 years old and lately my eyes seem to have gotten more hollow looking. I want to get them filled but am scared cause I've heard some horror stories. When I do got them filled what filler should I use? Should I do my cheeks as well? And if anyone has any...