Are you thinking about surgery to eliminate sunken eyes, circles under the eyes or the puffiness under eyes that is making you feel old or look tired? Consider Restylane. There is no need to suffer any longer or fool around with under eye creams that may not work and waste your money. Restylane under eyes is a safe and reliable treatment and is an effective alternative to invasive surgical procedures such as blepharoplasty.
Restylane is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler. It is the most commonly recommended filler by plastic surgeons for wrinkles under eyes and other under-eye problems. Men and women alike are generally very pleased with the results of using Restylane under eyes.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural material that exists in all living organisms. It lubricates and hydrates our skin and joints which experience sagging and wrinkling due to the diminishing supply of our body’s own natural hyaluronic acid. We also lose fat which serves as a natural “plumping agent” for our skin. Unfortunately, these things are simply part of the aging process. But there are available solutions!
Benefits of Restylane under eyes
As part of the aging process, our skin sags and muscles weaken. Bags or hollows under eyes (called the tear trough) occur and become a very common problem for aging patients.
Unlike other types of cosmetic fillers (silicone, collagen), Restylane under eyes does not produce lumps, bumps or swelling with proper treatment. The filler material will soften eventually and be absorbed back into your body. Restylane injection results usually last from six months to one year. You usually don’t need to repeat the treatments more frequently than every 6 to 12 months to maintain the look of your under-eye rejuvenation.
Restylane is also soft and colorless, making it particularly good for very visible areas of the face such as under eyes and in lips.
What to expect from injecting Restylane under eyes
The Restylane gel is injected under the surface of the skin. The injections are fast, taking only a few minutes each. After injection, the doctor will massage the tissue gently to make sure the gel is smoothed out and evenly distributed.
Treating the under eye area can be tricky because there are tiny veins in the tear trough. The doctor may not be able to see these veins clearly when doing the injections and you could experience some bruising and swelling. Most of the time, however, the only thing you will see is a few needle pricks that will quickly disappear. Cold compresses should help reduce any swelling.
If, for any reason, you don’t like the results, the Restylane treatment can be reversed immediately with the enzyme hyaluronidase. For some areas of the face (such as under eyes), Restylane is a vast improvement over injection with other types of dermal fillers such as Radiesse or Juvederm, collagen, silicone, or even your own fat. Those are more permanent solutions and are not reversible.
Hyaluronic acid fillers like Restylane are packaged as prefilled syringes. A Restylane syringe can vary in price from $500 to $1,000 depending on the area where you live.
Are you considering blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is eyelid surgery. It removes the excess fat, skin, and muscle from the upper and/or lower eyelids. It is the second most commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedure, partly because droopy upper eyelids can impair vision. The average nationwide cost of blepharoplasty surgery is $2,900.
Blepharoplasty is most often done in an outpatient surgery center under local anesthesia, although general anesthesia is sometimes used. The surgery can last for an hour or two, or longer if both upper and lower lids are being treated. People who have thyroid disease, high blood pressure, or a condition where they don’t produce enough tears to lubricate their eyes, may not be good candidates for blepharoplasty.
As with any invasive surgical procedure, scarring may occur. However, in the case of the lower lids and under eye area we are discussing here, the incision can be made on the inside of the eyelid, so any scarring would be virtually invisible. Surgical sutures are removed about 4 to 6 days after surgery. Side effects can include swelling, bruising and sensitivity to light, and these may last for up to 14 days. In rare instances, ectropion may occur with lower eyelids. This means the lower lids turn outwards and hang away from the eyeball. (This is repairable with further surgery.)
The positive results from blepharoplasty surgery can last for several years, and may often be permanent. However, if you have dark circles under your eyes, blepharoplasty may not improve them unless they are caused by large bags. Blepharoplasty may also not be able to improve fine wrinkling around your eyes. These are good arguments for considering Restylane under eyes.
Are there disadvantages to Restylane under eyes?
There are nearly no side effects from hyaluronic acid injections such as Restylane. Swelling, redness or inflammation, if any, usually disappears in 24 to 48 hours. The substance occurs naturally in our bodies so allergic reactions are very rare, but you should alert your doctor if you have a history of severe allergies.
You may experience some pain or discomfort during injections because the Restylane gel does not contain an anesthetic (such as lidocaine). Very rarely small pimples may form at the injection site. The injection pinprick could also cause herpes to flare up in a patient who previously had it.
If you are breast-feeding, you should avoid hyaluronic acid injections, including Restylane, because it is not known if it can get into breast milk or affect infants.
Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, like Restylane, are considered safe by the American Medical Association and the FDA. Using Restylane under eyes is excellent for restoring a more youthful appearance to your face. The treatments are less expensive and definitely less invasive than surgery. Improve your chances of getting great results by finding a qualified doctor and communicating with him or her about Restylane under eyes treatment.