Made from biodegradable hyaluronic acid, Restylane® is very similar to Perlane, but is more often used for facial wrinkles such as frown lines and downturned lip lines. The effects of Restylane® can be expected to last about 8 months. Thanks to its safety and the potential longevity of its effects, Restylane® was the first FDA approved hyaluronic acid filler in the US. By filling in this hollow area, dark shadows under the eyes may be corrected. Doctor Olson is an orbital specialist with extensive knowledge and experience in periorbital and eyelid reconstruction and rejuvenation. She has published about filling the "tear trough" under the eyes with Restylane.
We are still watching and waiting for Teosyal® Redensity to become FDA approved for use in the USA. We will keep you updated on the latest information when it is made available to us.
Dark circles are the result of blood that pools in the vessels that lie close to the skin’s surface, which is why they can be almost impossible to hide. They can also arise when fat bulges out: light cannot be reflected properly, casting a shadow under the eye. Additionally, sun exposure can aggravate under-eye darkness by boosting melanin production, as can allergies since they cause the veins to become congested and enlarged. Some under-eye darkness is genetic and related to inherently thin skin. The thinner the skin is under the eye, the more pigmentation shows through. Loading up on vitamin K, both internally and with topical products, is a good option since it strengthens and clots blood vessels to stop the pooling that causes the darkness. Sometimes using a stronger product such as hydroquinone is necessary.
Read more in this New Beauty Article: Put An End To Hollow Eyes
We talk a lot about reducing under-eye puffiness, but we know that some of you suffer from another issue: eyes that look sunken and hollow, especially for those who have more slender faces. However, there is help for those who may be genetically predisposed to hollow eyes or have lost soft tissue and bone density, which can make the eyes appear sunken.
Filler fix: At the first signs of hollowing, a filler such as hyaluronic acid or fat can help to fill in the spots that appear in the tear troughs. Hyaluronic acid is effective in filling deficient areas under the eyes when it is injected deep into the tissue.
Product fix: Applying cucumber slices and products with vitamin C can reduce the dark circles that sometimes accompany eye hollowing. Retinol is a good ingredient to help the fragile skin become stronger, and humectants will add a bit of a plumping effect under the eyes. If you find that you have dark circles too, a prescription of hydroquinone can help to lighten up under-eye shadows.
Permanent fix: A lower eyelift or blepharoplasty surgery can remove any loose skin under the eyes that makes hollowing look worse, and the fat can be repositioned or added to smooth out the sunken skin. Since hollowing can occur in the upper eyes as well, upper-eyelid blepharoplasty can be effective there, too.
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