Non-Surgical Treatment for Under Eye Bags and Dark Circles
As the aging process progresses, dark circles in the under eye area are one of the most common problems people face. A non-surgical eye lift by Dr. Simoni can help with both dark circles and puffiness.
With a non-surgical eye lift there is minimal to no recovery time and much fewer risks than traditional eye surgery.
What causes dark circles under the eyes?
There are actually several factors that can contribute to dark circles under the eye, which is why trying to use just one cream or just one surgery to address your dark circles without taking these factors into consideration may not work.
Dr. Simoni always tries to address some or all of these factors when he is addressing dark circles with a patient:
- Darker skin color. There are many environmental and genetic factors that can cause darker skin color under the eyes. This is known as increased or hyper pigmentation. Most hyperpigmentation cases can be treated with special skin bleach known as hydroquinone. This is a longer term solution which requires several months to see results. A faster solution is to do an IPL photofacial, laser resurfacing or chemical peels.
- Hollowness of the under eye area. Whether due to genetic predisposition or age, some people begin to develop hollowness under the eye that creates a darker shadow. To alleviate this depression and shadowing, Dr. Simoni uses fillers such as fat transfers, Radiesse, Juvederm or Restylane.
- Fatty bags under the eye. A protrusion of fat under the eye can also create shadowing and increase the appearance of dark circles. Under eye fat pads are one of the most common reasons for dark circles in adults over 40. Fillers may help smooth the skin in the under eye area or traditional eyelid surgery may be required.
- Allergies. Patients who have an allergy may have dark circles or under eye bags as a result of congestion and sinus pressure. In this case, Dr. Simoni can refer you to a proper specialist for allergy problems.
How is a non-surgical lower eyelid lift done?
The non-surgical eye lift is performed with fillers such as Restylane, ArteFill or Radiesse to soften dark circle depressions and reduce the appearance of bags.
The whole procedure takes about 15 minutes to complete and there is no downtime. It is performed with the application of anesthesia cream and is virtually painless. Most patients can resume their normal activities right after their non-surgical eye lift.
What makes a person a good candidate for a non-surgical eye lift?
The best candidates for a non-surgical eye lift are younger patients with early signs of aging in the lower lid area who want to put off getting a full eyelid lift for one or more years. Results may be temporary and not everyone is an ideal patient for non-surgical eye procedures. This all depends on the specific conditions causing their dark circles or symptoms of aging. It is best to focus on the lower lid with these techniques as the upper lid area is not significantly improved with these methods.
What are the common side effects of non-surgical eyelid lifts?
Mild bruising or swelling are the most common side effects and these dissipate quickly.
Non-surgical lower eye lifts that use injectable fillers is a demanding procedure with little room for error. For this reason, it is important that you have an experienced cosmetic eye specialist like Dr. Simoni perform the procedure.
What is the cost of a non-surgical eyelid lift?
One of the benefits of a non-surgical eye lift is that it is much less expensive than traditional eye lifts. The average cost of a non-surgical eye treatment is about $1,000.