Fact: You can tell the difference between a 30-year-old and a 50-year-old simply by looking at the skin underneath his or her eyes. At 50, dark circles and puffiness have usually taken up permanent residence and any weight loss can lead to a gaunt look (we always advise stashing away an extra five pounds for beauty’s sake… bring on the chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream).
The skin under the eyes is hyper-delicate, extremely thin and the first place to show signs of everything from seasonal allergies to alcohol consumption. Some of this ‘undereye ick’ is genetic, some of it is caused by your own hard-to-resist vices (ie: too many salty potato chips, too little sleep), but most of it is a natural result of aging. With time comes volume loss and thinning undereye skin, which can cause a hollowed, translucent appearance and permanent shadows that no amount of sleep can shake off. And unfortunately, eye concerns are one of those pesky peeves rarely remedied by topical products alone – they usually call for non-invasive action at the doctor’s office.
One of the most exciting cosmetic treatments that can take years off your hollowed eyes – and, consequently, your entire appearance – is the original injectable cosmetic filler known as Restylane. Before Restylane, the only option for correcting lost volume under the eyes was through surgical fat transfer, which, let’s face it, sounds extreme.
So, how does Restylane work? When injected into the orbital area, this safe and effective hyaluronic acid filler plumps up the lost volume under the eyes and fills in surrounding fine lines and wrinkles without paralyzing facial muscles they way that injectable toxins, such as Botox, do. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance – a sugar, actually – with molecules that can hold 1000 times their weight in water to keep skin tissues super hydrated. The hyaluronic acid used in Restylane is almost identical to the natural hyaluronic acid already existing in your body. This means it’s not animal-derived and does not contain animal proteins that often trigger reactions (other fillers are derived from animal sources and can cause delayed allergic response).
Results are instant and offer a soft, natural and lifted correction to sunken undereyes. And did we mention it can also brighten discolorations around the eyes? This can last from six months to three years with consistent treatment. Minimal recovery time is needed for possible bruising to subside. In other words, it’s the perfect treatment to have before a big event, so long as you allow for a few days to recover.
Written by: Stephanie Simons