Dark circles can dramatically impact your aesthetic, often making you look tired and aged. While undereye bags and dark circles are often associated with a late night out, they can also become more noticeable as you age. Aging and certain lifestyle factors can increase the appearance of your dark circles. You may even wonder: do I need surgery for dark circles? Below you will find helpful information on how to treat your dark circles.
Causes of Dark Circles
The aging process and certain lifestyle factors can impact your appearance. The aging process comes with a loss of collagen starting in your late 20s to early 30s. Collagen is essential in maintaining the tone and texture of your skin. Collagen loss can result in fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. As you age, your skin can also become thinner, which allows the blood vessels around your under-eye area to become more prominent. The loss of collagen causes dull-looking skin and make you look much older and tired while thinning skin can make your dark circles more noticeable. In addition to a loss in collagen, certain lifestyle factors can impact the look of your skin, including dark circles. Excess sun exposure, smoking, poor diet, dehydration, sleep issues, and stress can all impact the look of your under-eye area.
Do I Need Surgery For Dark Circles?
Depending on the severity of your dark circles, there are both non-surgical and surgical treatment options. The type of treatment also depends on what your expectations and aesthetic goals are. Non-surgical dark circle treatment in Inland Empire can be beneficial for those with less stubborn dark circles. Many patients use non-surgical options as more of a preventative measure. Hyaluronic acid fillers are the most common non-surgical option as they deliver effective and noticeable results. Fillers are temporary so you’ll need to continue treatment. The amount of time the results last depends on the patient and retreatment is necessary every few months to a year. In addition to dermal fillers, FaceTite, AccuTite, microneedling, and laser treatments have also proven to be effective in treating dark circles.
For more advanced dark circles, eyelid surgery in Inland Empire is the most effective treatment option. Lower eyelid surgery, also referred to as blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure that can improve the look of your dark circles. It addresses the sagging skin and fat in your lower eyelid leaving them sculpted and contoured. The procedure is smooth and fast with no visible scarring left from the incision. The procedure can take years off your face and patients often report an increase in self-confidence due to the results. For optimal results, it’s important to find a skilled surgeon experienced in the procedure.
Eyelid Surgery Recovery
Lower eyelid surgery can positively improve your appearance. The recovery period is brief compared to other surgical procedures as you should be back to your daily routine within two weeks. This varies from patient to patient and depends on your overall general health, your age, and the circumstances surrounding your procedure. Many patients combine eyelid surgery with other procedures which will inevitably increase your recovery period.
Your results are impacted your recovery period, so it’s important to focus on resting. For the first two weeks, use a cold compress to help with the swelling. Avoid vigorous physical activity and any activities that strain your eyes. It’s best to avoid screens for the first few days and minimize your screen time during the first few weeks post-procedure. Follow your surgeon’s specific instructions as they are familiar with you and your progress.
The first step in your journey to reduce your dark circles begins with a consultation. The team at InFocus Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery are skilled in eyelid surgery and have helped countless patients achieve their desired aesthetic. Contact their office today for a consultation!