New ten-minute procedure promises to erase under-eye bags for up to FOUR YEARS – but would you risk blindness to remove those dark circles?
A bit of concealer used to do the trick, but now there is a more permanent solution to heavy under eye bags
Promising to soften dark circles in just ten minutes, cosmetic surgeons are injecting filler into the eye bags for the new treatment that lasts two to four years.
Dr Alexander Rivkin, a Los Angeles based-facial cosmetic surgeon, said of the in-office procedure which does not require anesthesia: ‘It really is the fountain of youth for the eyes.’
The dermatologist-offered procedure called tear-trough fillers, where hyaluronic acid such as Restylane or Juvéderm is injected to make the eyes appear better rested, costs from $600 to $1,000.
However injecting the eye area is not without risks. Surgeons say the side effects of tear-trough treatment range from puffy eyes to possible bruising, which usually subsides within one week.
But if the filler blocks a retinal artery, it can cause blindness.
Dr Julie K. Karen, a New York dermatologist, told the New York Times: ‘I think about this every time I do it.’
Four women who tried the treatment seemed genuinely surprised at the results.
Melissa Beretich told Good Morning America: ‘What I’m hoping to come out with is to be able to go back to what I was doing four to five years ago, and not wear makeup.
After her ten-minute procedure with New York City-based plastic surgeon, Dr Steven Pearlman, Ms Beretich said she ‘absolutely’ saw a difference in her eyes and felt no pain at all.
Dr Pearlman explained: ‘What this treatment is doing is camouflaging the bags. For people who only have mild [eye] bags, it’s a way to stave off the need for surgery by filling in that hollow.
‘It’s not reducing the bag but you’re making it less visible.’
Meanwhile Esther Lira, one of Dr Rivkin’s patients who tried the treatment, said trying to cover her bags with makeup that looked always unnatural.
But after her treatment, the 42-year-old said she could ‘see a difference.’
Twenty-seven-year-old Taryn Piana, 27, was also pleased with the results of her treatment, describing it as ‘awesome.’