In the past, the removal of bags under the eyes was often performed by having surgery to address the issue. Some patients did not want to have a surgical procedure to perform the removal of eye bags so doctors started to find new non-surgical methods to treat the issue of under-eye bags. Patient can now turn to dermal fillers to achieve the youthful and rejuvenated look they desire to their under-eye area.
The treatment of bags under the eyes through dermal fillers is also referred to as tear trough treatment or non-surgical blepharoplasty. In general, tear troughs are depressions in the facial area that run from the nose all the way around the under area of the eye. Some people are born with a naturally sunken look while others start to notice the appearance of tear troughs as they age. The formation of tear troughs can be the result of sagging skin along with the facial fat under the eye starting to deplete.
Non-surgical under-eye rejuvenation is when a doctor injects an amount of dermal filler underneath the actual eye bag. The injection is made using a thin needle and the location of the injection is just above the orbital bone. The amount of filler that is injected, as well as the total amount of injections, depends on the desired final results and the severity of the bags under the eyes.
The filler adds volume to the targeted section of the face. The under-eye area is filled and lifted. The patient will see immediate results but patients will need to have a follow-up treatment in order to maintain the results.
Ideal candidates for the non-surgical treatment of bags under the eyes include people that have lost volume in their cheeks and have gained bag under the eyes due to the aging process.
In addition, there are some people that are simply born with dark circles in the area under the eyes. Both men and women will have these dark circles under the eyes even if they consistently get eight (or more) hours of sleep per night.
Patients that want to undergo a non-surgical treatment are those that do not want to take time off work or have to stay in a hospital for any potential recovery time. In addition, there is no danger of scarring from having fillers placed in the treated area. Fillers simply add volume to treated areas unlike invasive surgery where under-eye fat removal is performed to give patients a more rejuvenated and youthful look.
Patients experience very little pain when the injections are placed in the treated area. If patients are afraid of any pain during the treatment, the doctor can used a numbing substance known as lidocaine that can give a person a temporary numb feeling during the treatment.
Patients can expect to experience some side effects after the filler is placed under the eyes. Some of the side effects include swelling and redness and bruising. These conditions resolve by themself and there is generally no amount of downtime necessary after the treatment.
Non-surgical treatment of bags under the eyes is generally considered to be a very safe procedure if it is performed by an experienced and trained doctor. Doctors that are not trained properly might place too much filler in the targeted area which can cause the results to look unnatural.
There is also a chance of patients suffering an allergic reaction or infection so they need to be aware of these possibilities. The chances of any kind of infection or allergic reaction are minimized when a patient visits an experienced, board-certified doctor.
The results usually last anywhere from nine to twelve months but they can last for a longer or shorter amount of time. The final results depend on the amount of filler used by the doctor and the amount of time it takes for the body of the patient to absorb the filler. Follow-up treatments are necessary to maintain the results since the filler is eventually absorbed by the patient which means it is not a permanent solution to reducing the appearance of bags under the eyes.
Patients that are not satisfied with the results will be happy to know that fillers are not a permanent solution. They can either wait for the filler to be absorbed by the body or they can receive an enzyme injection to melt away the filler.
The cost of dermal fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane can cost anywhere from $500 to $1000 per treatment. The cost depends on the amount of filler used, the number of injections received by the patient, the area of the country where the treatment is performed and the level of experience of the doctor.
Before making the final decision to undergo non-surgical under-eye rejuvenation, patients should schedule a consultation appointment with a board-certified doctor experienced in performing eye rejuvenation by non-surgical methods. The doctor can examine the patient to determine if the desired final results can be achieved via non-surgical, cosmetic procedures for under-eye bags or if the patient will need to have a surgical procedure to address the issue of bags under the eyes.