Dark circles of the under eye area represent one important aspect of lower eyelid aging. Advanced modern eyelid rejuvenation, planned by an expert, addresses both puffiness and dark circles. Using injectable dermal fillers, the dark circle depressions can be softened and the bags made less apparent. Advantages of this non-invasive treatment include minimal to no recovery, minimal risks, and avoidance of surgery. Unfortunately, the results are temporary and not every patient is a good candidate for non-surgical eyelid procedures. Best candidates are patients with early signs of lower lid aging who want to postpone a blepharoplasty for a year or two. The upper lid region usually is not significantly improved with this approach. In our practice the best filler employed for the non-invasive approach is Restylane.
It is very important the injector, such as Michelle G. PA-C, has a thorough understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the eyelid structure, musculature, and soft tissue. With this knowledge, risks are minimized and complications avoided. Most eyelid specialists would agree that correction of lower eyelid aging with injectable fillers is a challenging procedure and should only be performed by a highly trained and skilled injector. The procedure can be virtually painlessly performed with the latest and newest products available to facial plastic surgeons. Longevity of the treatment depends on the product used and may vary from 6 months to a couple of years.