It's commonly said that the eyes are the windows to the soul probably because the eyes are one of the most prominent features on the face. They convey emotion and play an important role in facial expression. The eyes are one of the first parts of your face to draw other peoples' attention. Unfornately they are also one of the first parts of your face to show its age. So when a person has undereye dark circles, crepey undereye skin, or deep undereye hollows, they look older, less energetic or more tired then they in fact are.
The good news is that dermal fillers offer an exciting treatment option for common cosmetic concerns such are undereye dark circles, hollows, and volume loss as well as prominent tear troughs. Using dermal fillers and a blunt tip microcannula, Dr. Patel is often able to refresh and restore a youthful look to the undereyes.
If you'd like to discuss and learn more about the dermal fillers we offer and how they can help improve the appearance of your undereyes, please call Miami Skin & Vein today at 786-618-5039 for an in person cosmetic evaluation with Dr. Patel. We happily serve patients living in Miami, Coral Gables, Miami Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, and nearby Florida.
How Can Dermal Fillers Help the Undereyes?
The undereye region is a common area of concern for our patients. As we age, the skin in this part of the face tends to lose collagen and elastin and the repetitive muscle contraction from normal facial expression leads to fine lines and wrinkles. Volume loss can lead to a hollow, sunken appearance to the undereyes as well a prominent tear troughs, which are, unfortunately, very noticeable to others.
Aging commonly exacerbates these symptons although genetic predisposition also plays a role. This is one reason why both younger and older adults are commonly treated with undereye fillers.
While there are surgical solutions to these problems, such as blepharoplasty and fat grafting, many patients are reluctant to consider eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) and fat grafting to the undereyes unrealiable and inconsistent with regards to results. This is where a dermal filler can help. We can achieve extraordinary improvement in this region of your face through a simple, non-surgical, non-invasive injection of hyaluronic acid fillers. Undereye fillers is an alternative to both blepharoplasty as well as fat grafting.
Dr. Patel recommends that only hyaluronic acid based fillers be used when treating the undereyes. His preferred filler for correcting undereye volume loss is Restylane. Another filler that can be used to improve the appearance of the tear troughs is Belotero. Dr. Patel prefers Restylane over Belotero because he feels that when Restylane is used, the results are more dramatic, more volume correction is possible and the results last longer. Although Juvederm is a good filler to use in other parts of the face, it should not be used to treat the tear troughs because of its propensity to bind water which can lead to long term swelling when it is injected under the eyes.
Fillers like Restylane and Belotero contain hyaluronic acid, a normal component of our skin. When injected into a treatment area, they plump and moisturize the region while to some degree stimulating the natural production of collagen. Collagen is a naturally-occurring substance in the body that helps keep skin supple, smooth, and tight but as we age our bodies lose its ability to produce collagen. However, these dermal fillers can help revitalize the skin's production of collagen and the result is full, lifted skin that radiates youth, vitality, and energy.
Eye Rejuvenation Using a Combination of Different Treatment Modalities
When it comes to eye rejuvenation, using a combination of different treatment modalities usually results in the optimal outcome. Treatment options include the following:
- Neuromodulators like Botox and Dysport to relax the orbicularis oculi muscle. This reduces dynamic lines and wrinkles around the eyes (i.e. crow's feet) and raises the eyebrows giving the eyes a more open and refreshed look.
- Hyaluronic acid based fillers like Restylane to correct undereye volume loss. Fillers can also be used around the eyes to add volume to the eyebrows and address temple hollowing which will also improve the appearance of the eyes.
- Improving the quality of the skin around the eyes and eyelids using fractionated CO2 laser, fractionated radiofrequency (elos Plus, Ematrix, Sublative) or microneedling with or without PRP.
- Eye creams like Alastin's Restorative Eye Complex to help with dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines and improve the overall quality of the skin.
What to Expect After Undereye Filler Treatment:
Dr. Patel performs the majority of his undereye filler treatment using a blunt tip microcannula which helps to minimize bruising, swelling and downtime from this treatment. Since most of these treatmetns are performed using one entry site on each side of the face, there is minimal bruising after the treatment. Patient can expect some swelling the day after treatment which is most cases resolved on it own. Makeup can be applied 4 hours after treatment and patients can return to normal physicial activity 24-48 hours after treatment.
Dr. Patel is a believer that undereye filler treatments should in most caes be performed using a microcannula. You can learn more about the microcannula injection technique here.
Contact Our Experienced Doctor Today
Determining which dermal filler and how much of it to use requires experience. We are happy to say that Dr. Shaun Patel is an experienced filler injector and he will personally evaluate you and formulate a customized treatment plan during your consultation.
If you live near Miami, Florida and you want to learn more about how dermal fillers can revitalize your undereye region, please call Miami Skin & Vein today at 786-618-5039 for an examination and consultation. We help people look and feel their best in the Miami, Coral Gables, Miami Beach, and Ft. Lauderdale, nearby areas of Florida.