Many individuals suffer from bags under their eyes. This condition can worsen with age. Under eye bags are an unappealing distraction that can be corrected with surgery or in some instances without surgery using advanced dermal fillers.
There are two basic options to correct under eye bags. The first is a surgical procedure known as a blepharoplasty. In 2007, 241,000 Americans underwent a blepharoplasty.1 Blepharoplasty is the third most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in America. For some individuals, blepharoplasty surgery might be the only solution. For others, advanced dermal fillers is a non-surgical alternative.
FDA-approved advanced dermal fillers are used by thousands of medical practitioners to successfully contour facial features, non-surgically. Healthcare professionals treat these conditions using advanced dermal fillers, such as
Juvederm® Ultra, Juvederm® Ultra Plus, Radiesse®, Restylane®, Perlane®, and Sculptra®.
The medical practitioner who uses dermal fillers under the eyes to help with the problem of bags is typically trying to fill in the depressed curve that forms between the cheek and the bag. Medical practitioners will also build up the cheek to help smooth the area between the bag and cheek. The goal is to fill the trough below the bag and lift the cheek to provide a more natural contour between the two, effectively masking the appearance of the bag.
Advanced dermal fillers are placed from the cheek to the infraorbital rim (the bone below the eye socket). Bulking fillers such as Perlane®, Radiesse® and Juvederm Ultra Plus
are also used widely by medical practitioners for this procedure. This is a non surgical procedure that typically takes less than 30 minutes.
In most facial areas, dermal fillers are placed by the healthcare professional with what are known as threading or tunneling injection methods. Essentially these techniques place the dermal filler beneath the skin (depth will depend upon specific filler and facial area) in tunnels that are roughly on a horizontal plane with the skin.
In the cheek area, some medical practitioners prefer a coning or bolus technique with some of the dermal fillers. This method places the dermal filler perpendicular to the skin, placing it deep so that the cones of fillers push up on the dermis. As with the tunneling technique, the dermal
fillers are not visible underneath the skin. The coning method is not usually used in individuals with extremely thin skin.
For best results, it is suggested that you go to a healthcare professional who is experienced in treatment of under eye bags with advanced dermal fillers. A medical
practitioner who is more experienced in these procedures will be far more likely to achieve better, more pleasing and enduring results, which means you are getting more for your money.
It is advisable to select a medical practitioner who has performed at least hundreds of dermal filler procedures because techniques are often refined over time. These cosmetic medical procedures have only recently been taught to students in medical schools, nursing schools and in residency programs, so it is not always easy to locate a healthcare professional who really knows what they are doing.
Experienced practitioners will be more likely to optimize your results and give you more natural, appealing results. We have determined a number of medical practitioners nationally who have extensive experience or training with dermal filler medical procedures. To see a list of experienced healthcare professionals in your area, or to receive a special discount on your procedure, click here.
Sanjay Grover M.D. F.A.C.S., Los Angeles, CA ~ Richard Fleming MD FACS, Beverly Hills, CA
Theda C. Kontis MD FACS, Baltimore, MD