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Sunken eyes are a very common complaint among both men and women. It is particularly bothersome because it can make you look tired even if you’ve had plenty of sleep. So, despite feeling refreshed and ready to work, your appearance says otherwise.

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What causes sunken eyes?

Sunken eyes are the result of several changes in the under-eye area. Firstly, there’s a hollowness below the eyes called a tear trough. Anatomically, it appears as a groove between the inner corner of your lower eyelid and the upper part of your cheek. As we age, the changes in our bone structure combined with the movement of fat tissue under the eye create this tear trough. Secondly, the loss of collagen and elastin in the skin makes it thinner and more transparent. Thirdly, as the muscle around the eyes is in constant motion, wrinkles form earlier in this area. These changes make the eyes appear sunken and cast shadows underneath the lid contributing to dark circles.

Additionally, the groove can even extend downward causing a line separating your cheek fat or join up with another tethering around the outer part of your eye. As well as hollowness you may also develop eye bags. These are caused by pockets of fat separating and bulging out due to excess skin laxity.

Some people are genetically predisposed to hollowness under the eyes and this manifests at an early age. But for most, it is due to ageing changes in the face.

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What about dark circles?

Tear troughs can contribute to dark circles as they cast a shadow, but the main cause is hyperpigmentation.  Lifestyle factors that contribute include poor sleep patterns, smoking, and dehydration. Allergies causing constant eye rubbing can cause hyperpigmentation due to friction. Advancing age promotes cumulative sun damage resulting in collagen depletion and pigment deposition. As the skin thins out and becomes transparent, veins start showing resulting in a darker appearance.

Dark circles are commoner in those with darker skin tones who may develop this at a younger age. In general, if you have a darker skin tone, you are more prone to pigmentation. You may even be genetically prone to sunken eyes earlier on in life. The combined effect can exaggerate sunken eyes affecting your confidence.

How do you improve sunken eyes and dark circles?

Hyaluronic acid fillers are a quick, minimally invasive way to improve the hollowness under the eyes for a soft, natural effect. This is an advanced procedure only performed by experienced practitioners who use a cannula to deliver the treatment safely and with minimal discomfort. Occasionally, it can be addressed indirectly by improving the cheeks which will be assessed during a facial analysis. Not everyone is suitable for this treatment which is why consultation and prior assessment are key.

It is important to distinguish between dark circles caused by pigmentation and volume loss. Although tear trough filler does not directly improve pigmentation, reducing the shadows can help to brighten the under-eye area.

The under-eye area is the most delicate area of the face. Any hollowness here can make you appear tired even when you are well-rested. In some people, it is genetic and appears in childhood. In most people, it is due to a mixture of causes. It is a common request for treatment in aesthetics because looking tired may influence other people’s impression of how well you can perform.

If you are looking for the treatment of sunken eyes to give you natural results in Billericay, Essex, you can book a consultation or enquire for further information:

Dr Tash Kanagasabai

📱07825 999 144 or 

☎️ 01277 549 006

💌 drtash@skinenhanceclinic.com

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