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Dark eye circles happen as a result of a hollowness forming underneath the lower eyelid. This hollow groove (called the naso-jugal groove) forms as a natural result of fatty tissue loss during the process of aging. Shadows fall into the groove, causing the appearance of under eye dark circles. Bags under the eyes are caused by fatty tissue visibly protruding within the lower eyelid. Once again, a shadow falls into the groove underneath the bags and the person looks tired and older. Renowned eyelid surgeon Dr. Rivkin has created a non-invasive, safe and cost effective method to remedy circles under the eyes without surgery.
In the past the only remedy for bags under the eyes was an eyelid surgical procedure called blepharoplasty. This procedure involves removing excess tissue through an eyelid incision. It carries all of the usual risks of surgery including bruising, swelling, scarring, eye damage, and anesthesia complications. When performed by an experienced and capable plastic, facial plastic or oculoplastic surgeon, the results of surgical blepharoplasty are usually good. However, if results are not satisfactory, the procedure cannot be reversed. The other problem is, as we age, we lose the fat underneath our skin. Too often, ten years or so down the line, traditional blepharoplasty results in a sunken or hollow look, or eyelid skin that is too tight.
Topical creams and similar products are another alternative treatment. They can be of assistance temporarily for the mildest cases, but are unable to solve the problem otherwise.
Dr. Rivkin’s unique method for eliminating dark circles and bags under the eyes is non-invasive and safe. He uses an injectable filler to even out the plane beneath the eye, filling in the depression between the cheek and the eyelid. This eliminates the shadow, which creates the dark appearance, and improves the appearance of protruding lower lids. Dr. Rivkin uses Restylane or Juvederm for this procedure. Results, using Restylane or Juvederm last a year and a half to four years. This temporary method allows you to make adjustments as your face changes over time so that you will always have a natural look.
Over time, the Juvederm or Restylane stimulates your body’s natural collagen production in the areas where it is injected. Therefore, the Non Surgical Blepharoplasty procedure has a partial permanent filling effect on the under eye depressions. In our experience, patients come back after a year and a half with under eye depressions that are much more shallow than when they started.
You can also read frequently asked questions about Restylane here.
You can also read frequently asked questions about Juvederm here.
During your free initial consultation, Dr. Rivkin will evaluate your unique needs and desired results. He will then explain the procedure and help you determine which type of filler will work best with your body and skin type to achieve the look you desire. You will have the opportunity to view before and after photos, so you will know exactly what to expect from the treatment.
Dr. Rivkin’s patients know that they can get in touch with him at any time. He’s always in the office at Westside Aesthetics, and is personally involved in every treatment.
To learn more about Dr. Rivkin’s non-surgical blepharoplasty techniques in the Newport Beach, Orange County, or Beverly Hills area, or to schedule a free dark eye circles consultation, contact us by phone or email today.