If you’ve reached a point where concealer is no longer covering up the dark circles under your eyes, it might be time to consider some different options.
Volume loss in the tear trough area is what usually causes dark circles to form under the eyes but dermal fillers have become the go-to treatment for correcting this common concern.
Dark Circles & Genetics
Some people do have a tendency to develop dark under-eye circles more easily than others but this has very little to do with getting enough sleep and more to do with genetics.
Genetics causes some people to be born with slightly less fat under their eyes, which leads to a more prominent indentation. Everyone has a natural indentation under their eyes but when it’s more prominent, it can make you look tired and older than you really are.
Over and above genetics, allergies, sun exposure and dehydration can also create this under-eye effect.
Dark Circles & Ageing
Unfortunately, dark under-eye circles do tend to get worse with age. The older we get, the less robust our cells are. This means that they can’t bounce back as easily once they’ve been damaged.
Wearing sunscreen and protective eyewear is one way that you can protect this delicate area. Staying hydrated, eating nutrient-rich foods and getting enough sleep are additional steps that you can take.
If these steps don’t make much of a difference, there are two treatment options available.
Treating Dark Circles with Dermal Fillers
Increase Cheek Volume
The volume loss that occurs due to age will also cause the cheeks to droop, which naturally affects other areas of the face, including the eyes. Dermal fillers can be used to plump up and define the cheeks in an effort to reverse the effects of volume loss. Increasing the volume of the cheeks will support the under-eye area and reduce the appearance of dark circles.
Treat Deep Tear Trough
If your cheeks are still plump, a second option is to inject dermal filler into the tear troughs to lift the under-eye area and reduce the depth of the lines under the eyes. Treating the tear trough with dermal fillers will also improve the appearance of the transition from the eyes to the cheeks.
Dermal Filler Treatments: What to Expect
To reduce the likelihood of bleeding and bruising, you will be instructed to avoid alcohol and any medication that thins the blood the week before your appointment.
During your appointment, a qualified doctor will assess your face and decide whether dermal fillers can be used to achieve your desired result. The average dermal filler treatment lasts anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes and if you are concerned about the discomfort of the injections, a topical numbing agent can be used.
Every patient will require a different number of injections based on their specific needs. Once the injections have been administered, the eye area will be gently massaged to create a smooth appearance.
If you are concerned about swelling, a cold compress can be applied to the face. Your doctor will also provide you with the necessary aftercare instructions and let you know whether a second treatment will be required.