Periorbital tear trough depression occurs when fat stores in the lower eyelid diminish. This is a normal process of aging, so it’s hard to avoid it. As more fat disappears, the area below the eye looks hollow, giving you a gaunt appearance.
At the same time, tear trough depressions also may lead to dark circles under the eyes. Together, these symptoms make you look exhausted, even after a good night’s sleep.
Many people start trying home remedies, desperate to look more rested. Cold cucumber slices, creams touting restorative benefits to the lower eyelid, and even hemorrhoid cream are all popular treatments that simply do not work.
While you could undergo a lower eyelid surgery, there are a few non-surgical treatments offered by Dr. Chernoff, a renowned Indianapolis facial plastic surgeon that fill in hollows and also help reduce the pigmentation causing the dark circles.
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers Fill Hollows
Belotero is one of the hyaluronic acid fillers used to correct tear trough depressions. Belotero injections take no more than 20 minutes and do not require any recovery time. The procedure begins with the application of a topical anesthetic, and then the filler is injected using a fine needle. Ice is used to help control bruising. After the injections, some mild swelling is normal, and bruising may occur. You’ll see results for six months or more.
Belotero is not the only hyaluronic acid filler. Juvederm XC is another dermal filler containing the acid. Injections are similar with the application of a topical anesthetic and then the application of ice to help with bruising. Talk to Dr. Chernoff to see which hyaluronic acid filler he prefers to use for hollows under the eyes.
Laser Treatments Reduce Darker Pigmentation
After the hollows are filled in, laser treatments help reduce the dark pigmentation causing the circles under your eyes. The laser treatments do not hurt. In fact, many men and women say it feels like a rubber band snapping against the skin.
Once the treatment is over, the skin may look white and flaky. Over time, this white appearance turns pink or even red and crusts form. These crusts fall off naturally after four or five days. Pigment may already look lighter, but it continues to lighten over a span of six weeks.
In some patients, more than one laser treatment is necessary. If Dr. Chernoff feels your skin requires extra treatments, they will be scheduled with a four to six week gap between treatments.
Dr. Chernoff is a triple board certified facial plastic surgeon in Indianapolis. Upon his completion of medical school, he entered a five-year residency and three-year fellowship in body contouring, breast rejuvenation, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, and laser therapy.
Discover the benefits of the cosmetic surgeon firsthand by watching the video of a patient’s experience with Dr. Chernoff. To schedule non-surgical treatments for your tear trough depressions, call Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery at (317) 573-8899.
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