The Eye Area: Circles and Lines

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The under eye area can present several cosmetic problems for both men and women, but the good news is that there are treatments available to help you improve the appearance of this tricky area of the face. The most common complaints include swelling, puffiness and dark circles. One cause of under eye bags is loss of facial volume as you age, particularly as the fat over the cheek descends. Bulging can also occur as fat is redistributed. In addition to the natural processes associated with aging, other factors can contribute.

Fluid retention can result from hormonal fluctuations. Since the skin under the eye is delicate, a little fluid accumulation can be particularly noticeable in this region. Allergies are another culprit. Smoking, stress, and sleep deprivation often play a part. Finally, genetics determine to some extent the structure of your face, including the distribution of the bone and soft tissues.

Prevention of bags and circles under the eye can make a big difference, particularly before they have had a chance to progress. Good skin care begins with healthy habits, including adequate sleep. Most adults require 7-8 hours each night. If you smoke, it’s important to quit today. Smoking is one of the worst things you can do to accelerate the aging process. Many chemicals in cigarette smoke are toxic to your skin cells and, of course, others cause cancer. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and don’t forget to use sunscreen. Avoid salty foods, which tend to increase fluid retention. Be sure to gently remove any makeup products before sleep, which will allow your skin to breathe and to repair environmental damage each night. Avoid squinting and wear good sunglasses to protect your eyes.

If you are prone to allergies, use of an antihistamine can be helpful to reduce swelling under the eye. When you have an allergic response, whether to pollen, dust, or a less common allergen, your immune system releases chemicals (histamines), which cause swelling and inflammation. If you develop sinusitis, then you can consider a neti-pot to cleanse your sinuses, particularly during the allergy season. A neti-pot is a simple and natural method to reduce accumulation of fluid and debris in your sinus cavities, also reducing puffiness in the area of the sinuses and in the under eye region. Use of cold compresses, including cold teabags or cucumber slices, can shrink the blood vessels under the eye to reduce swelling and puffiness.

Eye creams are readily available in almost every cosmetic line. Some work and some do not. Although scientific evidence is not readily available to support use of one commercially available eye cream over another, it may be helpful to consider the potential effects of nutrients, proteins, peptides, and even plant extracts to improve the appearance of puffiness and wrinkles under the eye. Most types of moisture will plump up wrinkles and lines. Some ingredients have important physiological effects on the delicate blood vessels that supply the skin under your eye. An aesthetician can help you choose from the many beauty products available on the market. If you have developed dark circles under your eyes, you may benefit from hydroquinone, a prescription skin lightening agent.

For many people, these quick fixes will not be adequate to restore volume loss and minimize the appearance of wrinkling or dark pigmentation in the under eye area. There are several dermal fillers, including Restylane Silk and Belotero, that can add volume to fill in hollow tear trough areas. These fillers are engineered to produce a smooth appearance in delicate regions of the face. They last approximately 6-9 months. Juvederm Voluma is another option available to successfully to smooth the transition zone between the lower eye and cheek. It lasts approximately two years. Surgery is a final option and a more permanent one, although many people can achieve the results they want with less invasive methods.

If you are displeased with the under eye region, consider a consultation to see how you can turn back the clock. Call today for a consultation at one of our convenient offices in Beverly Hills, Encino, or Glendale.

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