Dark Circles Under the Eyes: Why You Have them and What to Do about Them

Restylane® Westport, CTDark circles under the eyes can make a person appear tired and generally unhealthy. Because of this, many adults seek treatment for this cosmetic concern. Here, we discuss why dark circles develop and how this problem can be addressed in under an hour.

Why You Have Dark Circles

In most areas of the body, the skin is approximately 2 millimeters thick. Around the eyes, the average thickness of the skin is a mere .5 millimeters. The thin nature of skin around the eyes is the primary reason why dark circles and other concerns happen more readily than on other parts of the face and body. When skin is thinner, tiny blood vessels beneath the skin can be seen more easily. However, they don’t appear as noticeable veins like spider veins, they appear as diffuse discoloration.

We often assume that we have dark circle because we aren’t getting enough sleep or because we may be deficient in certain nutrients. Not so. According to studies, genetic makeup is a significant factor in dark circles beneath the eyes. Nasal congestion is another. Finally, we tend to see more darkness beneath the eyes as we age because fatty tissue in this area decreases or shifts, causing a shadow effect.

Regardless of the cause, dark circles are not a problem you have to live with.

What to Do about Dark Undereye Circles

In our Westport, CT office, we specialize in helping men and women address conditions that affect the appearance of their eyes. For dark circles, the solution may be as simple as a few injections of Restylane.

is a well-known dermal filler line that is made using hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is an organic sugar compound that the body uses to lubricate joints, eyes, and to moisturize skin. This sugar works by absorbing water molecules to create a cushion effect. When injected beneath the skin, hyaluronic acid becomes a type of sponge that expands by attracting and holding water.

The use of dermal fillers to fill in sunken areas beneath the eyes has become a common non-surgical approach to correct dark circles. The amount of product needed is ultimately determined by each person’s facial anatomy. Mild to moderate dark circles may improve with approximately 1 ml, or one syringe, of Restylane for each eye.

Look more like the Real You by banishing dark circles. Call our Westport office at (203) 557-6464 to schedule your undereye treatment.

Are Botox and Fillers Appropriate Summertime Treatments?

Botox Westport, CTNon-surgical cosmetic treatments are the current go-to for men and women wishing to slow down the progression of the aging process. Treatments like Botox® and dermal fillers  work in different ways when introduced into the facial tissues, but the goal is similar: a younger looking face with better contours and fewer lines. If you’ve been considering Botox, you may stop short of making your appointment if you believe that sun exposure will have an adverse effect on your treatment. Here, we discuss how Botox and dermal fillers may interact with sunlight.

Botox vs. Sunlight

Many people are under the impression that Botox and sunlight do not mix. This idea, which is false, by the way, may have originated with doctors’ orders to refrain from direct sun exposure after injectable treatment. The ultimate reason for this recommendation is to minimize the side effects that may occur after minor injections. In some instances, the slight swelling and redness that stem from injectable treatment may worsen if the skin is exposed to direct UVA and UVB light. However, being in the sun shortly after a Botox treatment will not degrade the results of injections.

What about dermal fillers?

Botox and dermal fillers are frequently used to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Filler products are also introduced into areas that have lost volume, such as the lips, cheeks, and hands. The way that fillers work is by adding particular biocompatible products to superficial tissue. One of the most common products found in dermal fillers is hyaluronic acid. This is important to know because, unlike Botox, which is a chemical that binds to neuro-receptors, the hyaluronic acid in dermal fillers can degrade due to UV exposure.

It isn’t necessary to avoid sun exposure altogether if you undergo dermal filler treatment. It can help to consider a few suggestions, though:

  • Avoid sun exposure for one week to two weeks after dermal filler treatment, especially if you have mild bruising.
  • When you do spend time outdoors, wear sunscreen with a high SPF. If possible, wear a hat, as well.
  • Add a reputable antioxidant cream or serum into your daily skincare routine to continually fight free radicals that age the skin.
  • Get your glow on using a spray tan – just give yourself at least one day of space in between your filler treatment and tanning session.

Dr. Levin is a board certified oculofacial plastic surgeon who routinely performs surgical and non-surgical procedures to rejuvenate the face. To learn more about our services, call our Westport, CT office at (203) 557-6077.

Dark Circles: Why You Have Them and How to Get Rid of Them

Dermal Fillers Westport, CTWhen discussing cosmetic concerns, we tend to place a lot of focus on the eyes. Age-related changes around the eyes are nearly impossible to hide, so it makes sense that there is a strong demand for solutions to problems like drooping brows, frown lines, and undereye bags. But there is also a concern shared by patients of all ages: dark circles. Here, we want to discuss why dark circles develop and what can be done to correct them.

What causes dark circles?

Dark circles are problematic for as many men and women in their twenties as they are for individuals well past middle-age. Though age can exacerbate the appearance of dark circles, it is not usually the cause of initial darkening in the delicate skin under the eyes. It is possible that some people have a bit of extra pigment in this area of the face. However, one of the primary reasons that this skin may appear dark is because there is insufficient volume in the fat tissue under the eyes. Subsequent to this hollowing, we see shadowing that may be intensified by superficial blood vessels and the shadows of our eyes and eyebrows.

Correcting Dark Circles in an Instant

Dermal fillers represent a significant advancement in aesthetic medicine. Products that fill lines and plump lips have become the new norm for facial enhancement. Appropriate filler products have also demonstrated safety and efficacy in the correction of dark circles. Using expert injection techniques, Dr. Levin applies dermal fillers to smooth the transition between the lower eyelid and the upper cheek. Volume is added to areas of hollowness to eradicate shadowing. Additionally, the cheeks may also be treated in order to support three-dimensional contouring across the mid-face.

It is common to use dermal fillers to treat a variety of cosmetic concerns. However, the undereye area may be challenging and needs to be handled thoughtfully. To obtain the best results from dark circle treatment, receive care from a board-certified physician with clinical experience that complements education and training. Dr. Levin is very familiar with the use of dermal fillers for dark circles and can help you love the way you look by administering conservative treatment tailored to your needs.

Learn more about dermal filler treatment for dark circles by scheduling your consultation in our Westport office.

Dermal Fillers: How Much Do You Really Need?

Dermal Fillers Westport, CTDermal fillers have become the most popular means of facial rejuvenation. The products that have been developed in the last 15+ years have made it possible for more men and women to address their age-related cosmetic concerns without plastic surgery. While Dr. Levin is a recognized oculoplastic surgeon who understands the value of certain surgical procedures, she also realizes the benefits of dermal fillers and routinely performs non-surgical facial rejuvenation in our Westport, CT office.

How Dermal Fillers Fight the Signs of Aging

There are several signs of aging that we used to correct with facelift surgery but now are able to treat non-surgically. Some of the common uses of dermal fillers include:

  • Lines around the mouth
  • Lines from the nose to the mouth
  • Lines from the mouth to the chin
  • Loss of volume in the mid-face
  • Undereye hollows and puffiness
  • Hand rejuvenation

The Big Question

The question that most patients have when they begin their journey with dermal fillers is “how many syringes will I need?”

Did you know that each syringe of dermal filler (1.0 mL) product equates to about 1/5th or a teaspoon (5 mL) ?

When you look at it like that, you may imagine that you’d need numerous syringes of product to achieve your desired result. That may not be the case. Remember that products like Juvederm, which are based on hyaluronic acid, will expand exponentially due to the bond that occurs with water molecules. The function of filler product within tissue is one factor. Others include:

  • Area being treated
  • Patient’s individual needs
  • Extent of volume loss
  • Skin type

Whereas one syringe maybe enough for one patient or a certain area, someone else or other areas may need more.  However, just as aging is a gradual process, the process of rejuvenation does not have to happen during a single appointment. On the contrary, it’s a gradual, continuous effort, and that creates the most natural, long-lasting results.

There is a good reason to obtain injectable treatments from a board-certified physician who also performs facial plastic surgery. Patients of Dr. Levin can expect professional care in a friendly environment. At all times, the focus is on the achievement of desired results in a manner that suits preferences related to timeline and cost.

Learn more about facial rejuvenation with dermal fillers. Call our Westport office at 203-557-6464.

Botox for Wrinkles, Mind & Soul

botox westport ctFor most people, Botox means smoothing forehead wrinkles and looking younger. While this is true and Botox is the most common cosmetic procedure performed in the U.S., there are benefits that are more than skin deep. Medical applications of Botox include treatment and prevention of migraine headaches, neck muscle spasms and excessive sweating, among others.

 

However, its other benefit may have meaningful effects on the wellbeing. Minute amount of Botulinum toxin injected into specific muscles help relax the muscle and smooth the overlying skin wrinkles. Without repeated movements, new wrinkles don’t form and existent ones improve. Yoga instructors routinely focus on relaxing the forehead and eye muscles as a means to relieving tension. One of my patients who has been receiving Botox to treat wrinkles noticed that when the habitual habit of frowning was gone, she felt more serene and didn’t have to remind herself to consciously try to relax those muscles. This concept of facial feedback hypothesis (facial movement influencing emotional experience) dates back to Charles Darwin and its connection to Botox has been studied in patients with depression. One such study in Journal of Dermatology in 2006 reported remission of depression in 9 out of 10 patients treated with Botox injections into the forehead and eyebrow muscles that create expressions of sadness, anger, and fear [reference].

 

In addition to internal benefits, it may also have a positive influence on interpersonal relationships. A common complain of patients seeking Botox treatment is that they look angry. Without the deep crevices between the eyebrows, spouses, children or co-workers may perceive you as more friendly, open and approachable and respond to you accordingly. A sad or discontent appearance may be improved by precise placement of Botox into muscles that pull the corners of the mouth downward, resulting in a friendlier and happier appearance. Botox may help people notice how differently they relate to others, potentially leading to self-awareness and behavior changes that last longer than the Botox itself.

 

The argument that when you can’t express the emotion, you feel it less can also be made to argue that Botox dampens a person’s ability to feel joy and surprise or make them appear cold or insensitive. This is where the artistry of the injector is more important than the technical skill. A conservative and thoughtful approach delivered by a physician knowledgeable and experience with this seemingly simple procedure can result in an excellent result, both inside and out.