What are the common under-eye concerns?
The tear trough area refers to the region underneath the eyes that radiates outwards and downwards from the inner corner of the eyes. Periorbital tissues in its anatomically correct positions ensure that this area is constantly smooth without a distinct transition point. More often than not, factors like ageing, dehydration, exhaustion, and genetics can alter the tissues resulting in common aesthetic concerns like dark circles, hollows, and puffiness. When the tissues are lost, the skin tends to sink in and cause hollows. Not only that, a lack of fat pads makes the underlying muscles and blood vessels very prominent, resulting in dark circles underneath the eyes. Some patients may experience puffy eye bags when the same periorbital tissues are displaced from its anatomical position.
What are the usual treatments for eye bags and hollows?
Before spending time, money, and effort on expensive treatments, patients should first amend some of their lifestyle behaviors that may contribute to under-eye concerns. Advise them to get enough sleep, consume a healthy diet, apply quality sunscreen, cease smoking if they do, and limit consumption of alcohol. Next, patients can also opt for some good skincare products such as eye creams and soothing eye patches. Look out for ingredients like caffeine, a good vasoconstrictor that may help to de-puff eye bags. Makeup products like colour correctors and concealers can be used to banish panda eyes, albeit temporarily. Some products contain mica—a naturally-occurring mineral dust—that helps to reflect light and brighten under-eye areas. If these steps do not improve the conditions, patients can choose aesthetic treatments like dermal filler injections and even blepharoplasty, a type of cosmetic surgery to modify the appearance of eye regions.
Can dermal fillers be used under the eyes?
Yes, dermal fillers are used as a non-surgical option to correct under-eye imperfections. Some commonly used brands are Belotero® and Restylane®. Once administered, the filler gel plumps up hollowed areas and ensures that under-eye regions do not have any distinct transition points. The areas look fresher and brighter, and the patient looks refreshed and youthful.