Under Eye Hollows and Dark Circles
Dark circles and bags under the eyes are not only issues for older patients, but young as well. Both conditions can cause people to look tired, sick, or unhappy which can negatively affect one's social life.
There are many ways to address the under-eye concerns from choosing appropriate creams and make up to injectable or laser treatments.
Our skilled physicians and skin experts will guide you in choosing the most appropriate treatment for you.
How to Treat – Alone or in Combination
Dark circles and bags under the eyes can be brought on by a number of factors. Not getting enough restful sleep at night resulting in fatigue can cause darkness and eye puffiness but can be easily fixed. Allergies and ensuing rubbing are another common reason for discoloration and bags which may be remedied with medications. However, for patients with chronic dark under eye circles and bags caused by aging, sun damage, or hollowing of the eyes, dermal fillers may offer a quick, although temporary, solution. Patients desiring a longer lasting solution may opt for laser resurfacing treatments or a more invasive lower eyelid blepharoplasty to permanently remove under eye bags.
A number of hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers can be used for under eye treatment. Your provider will be able determine which filler will be best for your individual needs.
The goal of under eye filler is to reduce the appearance of dark circles and eye bags for a more rejuvenated appearance.
- Procedure time:30 minutes
- Anesthesia:ice, vibration
- Pain level:mild
- Recovery time:none
- Results:usually immediate, final results visible in 3-4 weeks
- Treatment effects:variable longevity based on area treated and product used. Best obtained with multiple treatments and maintenance every 6-12 months.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has been shown to have numerous growth factors that enhance the body's own response in collagen production. PRP therapy involves collecting a patient's own blood and spinning it down into a concentrate of plasma that has a high platelet concentration. This is then injected back into the candidate's skin. Given that the material that is injected into skin is obtained from the patient, the risk of reaction is close to none.
- Procedure time:45-60 minutes
- Anesthesia:topical numbing cream
- Pain level:none to mild
- Recovery time:less than 1 day
- Results:within 3-4 weeks. Best seen with multiple treatments and maintenance over 6-9 months.