Your eyes can convey many messages without a word being spoken. If your eyes are sunken or hollow, people may think you are tired or overworked, even if you really aren’t. Hollow or sunken eyes may result from a genetic disposition or from the loss of soft tissue in the face which happens to some people as they age. Either way, sunken or hollow eyes may dramatically alter the appearance of a face, resulting in an “unhappy” look.
Fortunately, there are several ways to address hollow eyes. Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins, who is an expert in natural-looking facial augmentation, can help determine the severity of the issue and may suggest one or more of the following options:
- Use medical grade skin care products to help the skin around the eyes. A vitamin C product (such as Obagi’s C-Serum) can boost collagen synthesis and slow down aging, resulting in firmer, plumper skin underneath the eye. If the skin is thin and delicate, using a retinol (such as Retin-A) can help the skin become stronger. Dark shadows, that often accompany under eye hollowness, can be lightened with hydroquinone.
- Plump under the eyes with a dermal filler. Restylane and Juvederm, popular dermal fillers, contain hyaluronic acid to replace volume that is lost in the face as we age. A dermal filler can effectively fill the area temporarily (lasting 6 months or more depending on the filler used).
- Permanently fix the under eye area with lower eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). Removing a small amount of skin under the eye through lower eyelid surgery can rid the patient of hollow or sunken eyes and result in a smoother contour from the lower lash line to the mid-cheek. Patients of Dr. Perkins who have had this surgery are pleased with the positive difference this surgery makes.