When it comes to early signs of aging, the eyes are often one of the first areas of concern. Fine lines that appear in the outer corners of the eyes, known as crow’s feet, are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to aging of the eye area. Look a bit lower and you will discover dark circles and puffiness that can make you look perpetually tired even if you are getting sufficient shut-eye each night. Fortunately, there are options for Colorado Springs residents to refresh their eyes and their appearance at the Institute of Plastic Surgery.
Causes of Dark Circles The reason behind those dark circles might surprise you. The culprit is actually thinning skin underneath the eyes, a direct result of collagen loss that occurs over time. In our younger years, our bodies produce ample collagen to support the underlying skin structure and make our skin look soft and supple on the outside. As we age, our bodies produce less collagen, which leads to thinning skin and the formation of facial wrinkles. Thinner skin underneath the eyes is also problematic because it makes it easier for vessels underneath the skin’s surface to show through and make the skin look darker and discolored in the area. The skin underneath the eyes is already fairly delicate, so the thinning process tends to show up in this area rather early. Puffiness, which is often the result of loss of volume in the cheek are, only serves to exacerbate the problem.
About Filler Treatments Dermal fillers are injectable formulations that work underneath the skin’s surface to restore the support that collagen once provided. There are many different types of dermal fillers available today, which can be tailored to your specific cosmetic concerns. At the Institute of Plastic Surgery, we offer a number of fillers that can be used under the eyes, including Juvederm, Restylane and Belotero. Each of these products offer a smooth formulation with smaller particles that will provide the best results in the delicate area under the eye. The injections are placed a little deeper underneath the skin’s surface as well in this location, to prevent any lumps from forming after the procedure. Steps may also be taken to minimize bruising after the injections since the thinner skin under the eyes tends to be more prone to side effects.
Additional Advantages In addition, dermal fillers can also be used to smooth away crow’s feet and restore volume to the cheeks to eliminate the puffy look. You can even use dermal fillers above the eyes to reduce the appearance of creases and lift the brow line. In a single procedure, you can customize your eye treatment to reflect every one of your cosmetic concerns and achieve dramatic results.
Getting the Best Results Dermal fillers tend to work best on patients with earlier signs of aging. More severe aging symptoms may require surgery to achieve the best possible results. It takes a plastic surgeon experienced in both non-surgical and surgical procedures to make the best recommendation for you. It is also essential to select a plastic surgeon that is experienced in administering injections of dermal fillers underneath the eyes. This procedure tends to carry additional risk over other dermal filler treatments, including lumpiness under the eye, bruising and swelling. An experienced plastic surgeon will know how to take steps to reduce these risks and provide you with the best possible outcome from your procedure. At the Institute of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Jain and Dr. Dash have had ample experience using dermal fillers in this sensitive area of the face. To learn more about this treatment, contact us today!