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What Causes Under-Eye Bags and How Fillers Can Help

Age-related facial volume loss is a concern for many people who wish to look as young and vital on the outside as they feel on the inside. As the fat pads underlying your skin shift downward due to gravity, it can leave some areas of your face looking gaunt or hollow – including the delicate undereye area. As a result, you might have taken on a permanently fatigued, sad, or unhealthy appearance. Why do you have undereye bags, and what are your treatment options if this is the case for you?

Causes of Undereye Bags

Aging is the top reason people develop undereye bags and prominent dark circles. As you get older, your body’s production of a structural protein called collagen slows, causing your skin to sag and droop.

If you have undereye bags, you’ll always look tired no matter how much sleep you get, which can be frustrating when people make snap judgments about your appearance. Concealers can only do so much to mask the surface of this area, which is why you may be seeking alternative options that provide a longer-lasting solution.

Non-Surgical Treatment for the Undereye Area

Dermal fillers have become Dr. Eric Desman’s go-to recommendation for treating undereye hollows, dark circles, and volume loss in the tear trough region. Soft hyaluronic acid-based fillers such as Juvéderm® blend into the surrounding skin for the smoothest, most natural-looking effect. Dermal filler injections take only moments to perform in our comfortable Alexandria clinic, and you can resume your normal daily activities immediately after your appointment.

The contours in this area of the face make it a challenging spot to treat correctly, which is why you should always seek an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive knowledge of facial anatomy to perform your treatment. When applied correctly in the precise amount, our hyaluronic acid gel will provide a subtle lifting and brightening effect to the undereye region for up to 12 months at a time.

Are There Risks of Using Fillers Under My Eyes?

Understandably, many people express some apprehension about having injections so close to their eyes. However, Dr. Desman takes care to perform the treatment using a small, fine needle. The various formulations of Juvéderm also come with a topical anesthetic called lidocaine included to minimize any discomfort you might feel.

Juvéderm is biocompatible, which means there is little danger of an allergic reaction with this filler. The most common side effects of dermal filler injections are mild bruising and swelling, which will resolve on their own after a few days. You can also use ice packs and an herbal supplement called arnica as needed to help minimize these issues.

Learn More About Dermal Fillers in Northern Virginia

If you’re curious whether you are a good candidate for dermal fillers to minimize your undereye bags, reach out to us today to schedule your consultation. We’re proud to provide outstanding surgical and non-surgical cosmetic options to our patients throughout northern Virginia, Maryland, and the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.