This is part 4 of a 4 part blog on dark eye circles
There are five professional treatments available to tackle dark eye circles.
Our go-to suggestions for those who want to tackle their dark circles at source is PRP or Sunekos. For further information on any of these treatments please call (021) 484-3444 for a free consultation.
PRP for Dark Circles Can Tackle the Problem at the Root
Getting PRP for dark circles can help you because the treatment targets the root causes of the dark circles.
• PRP facials can revive the weakened layer of collagen and elastin in the skin. As the layer plumps up creating more cells, you’ll notice the hollowness filling in and the skin smoothening out.
• PRP can create more blood vessels in the skin. With fresh oxygen and nutrients reaching the skin, it starts to rejuvenate and get back its lost glow. That’s how you see the dark circles gradually vanishing.
• The better blood supply and enhanced metabolism in the skin around the eyes works to clear away excess fluids and dead cells. As a result, the puffy appearance starts to settle.
• If the saggy look is because of unwanted fat cells, the improved metabolism brought about by PRP for dark circles can burn off the cells.
How the PRP for Dark Circles Procedure Works
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, also called “Vampire” or “Dracula” therapy makes use of your blood to extract a special serum. We harvest a small 10 ml sample of your blood and spin it in a centrifugal device. After separating the red blood cells and white blood cells, we develop a concentration of plasma. This fluid is rich in platelets, growth factors, stem cells, cytokines, and other elements that heal both soft and hard tissues.
Dr. Kelleher then injects the serum into the areas under the eyes. Depending on the healing abilities of your body and the severity of the issue, you may need 2 to 3 sessions of the PRP treatment scheduled at intervals of 2 to 4 weeks each.
As clinical trials conducted by the NIH U.S. Library of Medicine show, patients noticed a gradual change in the skin tone around the eyes beginning at 1 week after the session. As for effectiveness, you can also expect that the positive results will last for up to 6 to 12 months depending on your age.
You will also find that by adopting the lifesyle changes in the previous blog post you can prolong the effects of the PRP for dark circles treatment.
Just as dermal fillers are used to sculpt the face or enhance contours — under-eye injections are a way to add volume and prevent any shadowing that results from dark circles. The under-eye area is especially delicate, and every patient requires a consultation and customized approach that will help best determine the filler that will work best for their needs. They are fine fillers that avoid a pillow puffy effect or lumps and bumps. For patients with deep hollowing, Dr. Kelleher uses Redensity 11 hyaluronic acid that gives a great natural look, while truly holding and lifting the skin.
We use traditional injections and micro-cannulas — thin, needle-like blunt tip instruments — to insert fillers. Cannulas are useful for the delicate under-eye area because they don’t puncture blood vessels and help avoid bruising.
When you get fillers injected under your eyes, to keep your face from appearing two-dimensional, it's important to treat the cheeks as well. Some people just want to have their undereye treated, which creates a bit of a problem. If we just do that and we don't address the cheek at all, then your face would appear flat. Instead, we lift the cheek a little bit to improve the under-eye itself.
Sunekos is a new cosmetic injectable treatment, which like the dermal fillers we use contains hyaluronic acid. What makes Sunekos special is the patented formula of amino acids, which is added alongside the hyaluronic acid to create the injected product. This potent mix of amino acids which includes glycine, L-proline, L-leucine, L-lysine HCI, L-valine and L-alanine help to regenerate the Extra Cellular Matrix (ECM) – the building blocks which help to make the wall – by stimulating fibroblasts, or skin cells, to produce new collagen and elastin, repairing and rebuilding skin. This process is referred to as a dermal biogenesis, literally skin regeneration. This Treatment is a great for those who want to maintain a more natural look, or those who do not want or need anti-wrinkle injections or fillers.
Micro needling is a process in which percutaneous collagen induction is carried out with the help of miniscule needles which vertically penetrate the skin surface under the eyes. The small punctures are a form of controlled injury which stimulate the body to start its natural repairing process. New skin cells are generated which remove the dullness and darkness under the eyes.
Micro needling under the eyes takes 4 to 6 sessions according to the requirement of the patient. These sessions can be done over a period of 3 to 6 months. You can start seeing changes just after the first session. This is so because the skin is already stimulated enough to start its new collagen formation process which takes place over a period of 10 to 14 days.
As old skin cells peel off and new skin cells take their place, the skin under the eye starts looking healthier and becomes firm. Eye bags gradually disappear within 45 days and dark circles as well as wrinkles get reduced. After the completion of all the sessions, the undereye area becomes free of all problems. Micro needling under the eye can be done on all skin types and the great results last for a long time.
Botox Facial (Microinfusion with Aqua Gold)
Microinfusion is a procedure (also known as the Aquagold Fine Touch Treatment) that uses tiny needles to create channels in the surface of the skin allowing microdroplets of treatment to be infused.
The device has a cartridge that is filled with a unique cocktail of ingredients including Botox, filler, and vitamins. The cap attached to the cartridge contains very short hollow needles and these inject the liquid concoction into the skin using a stamping motion. When the needles are pressed into the skin, the infusion flows out in small droplets.
There is a special recipe of ingredients that make up this potent anti-aging combination that typically included a combination of botulinum toxin, hyaluronic acid (HA) filler, and a vitamin complex. The ingredients can be modified depending on the patient in case of allergies or medical conditions as needed. The botulinum toxin, when injected more superficially as opposed to in the muscle, has benefits like refining skin texture and tightening pores.
The HA filler is very diluted, so it plumps up the skin by drawing and holding hydration into the skin without the risk of lumps. The vitamin solution is a combination of antioxidants and brightening agents to give an immediate glow.
The results vary but can last several weeks. The procedure should be repeated regularly or combined with other treatments for optimal long-term results. Every four weeks is the best interval for repeating the treatment. This procedure keeps the skin hydrated thanks to the injection of HA, and the new collagen you create from the microneedles can keep skin texture smooth and dewy.