Two Treatments for Under-Eye Hollows

Posted on August 2, 2013 by Cynthia M. Poulos, M.D.

If the area beneath your eyes has become sunken or hollow, there are several options to treat the problem.

What Causes Hollowness Beneath the Eyes?

Genetics can play a role in under-eye hollowness, as can aging. As you age, you lose bone density and soft tissue volume, resulting in a hollow appearance that makes your eyes appear sunken. However, your eyes haven’t changed their position in your face; the “frame” around them has changed. Further, as volume is lost beneath the eyes, the veins in that area become more apparent, causing dark circles.

Two Treatments for Under-Eye Hollows at our Northborough, MA Plastic Surgery Practice

The first and easiest treatment is the injection of dermal filler, such as Radiesse®,  in the “tear trough” area of the eyes. Made of tiny, calcium-based microspheres suspended in gel, this product fills the hollow area and, over time, stimulates collagen production and tissue regeneration. This is important, as collagen tends to decrease with age. The results last up to a year, according to Merz Aesthetics, the manufacturer.

The best cosmetic surgery treatment for both eye bags and hollowness below the eyes is a blepharoplasty, also called an eyelid lift.  I perform many of these here in Northborough. While a lower eyelift can treat the loose skin and hollowness beneath the eyes, many patients opt for both upper and lower eyelifts to open the eyes. Recovery is very simple and most patients find that the area heals well. Scars are invisible in the crease of the eyelid (upper eyelift) and in the lash line of a lower eyelid lift.

While nothing will halt the aging process, an eyelift can be a “reset” on your facial aging clock.

To your health & beauty,

Cynthia Poulos, MD Board Certified Northborough, MA Plastic Surgeon