Radiesse is just one of many aesthetic enhancements offered by Skin Renewal of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This treatment and others like it have grown to be among the most popular offerings anywhere- and for good reason! There is no better way to instantly restore youthfulness without more invasive techniques. One of the most common places to have these treatments is in the under-eye region.
What Is Radiesse?
Sometimes called Rad Treatments, these are a cosmetic treatment that can be used to fill certain areas of the face or even the hands. The most preferred purpose for these treatments is to correct moderate to severe wrinkles or lines in the face along the folds. These would include smile lines, marionette lines, and pre-jowl folds.
Rad treatments are also highly effective in treating the area under the eye. The FDA has approved Radiesse as an instant lift procedure that results in a refreshed, youthful appearance. It is one of the most well-trusted treatments in the industry, with results that have proven its effectiveness spanning nearly two decades.
Radiesse Under the Eyes
Because of its unique material composition, the treatment has proven to be highly effective in under-eye use. This treatment is primarily made of calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHA) microspheres. CaHA is most commonly found in the bones but can be made biosynthetically, which is how it is obtained for dermal fillers.
These microspheres act as a stimulant to increase the production of collagen over time. This means that these fillers are metabolized by the skin, leaving behind only the natural collagen that the body creates as a result of the stimulation. This creates a more natural, longer-lasting result.
Causes of Under Eye Trouble
The eyes are the first place most people look when meeting someone new, so bags under the eyes are probably more prevalent than any other facial imperfection. Knowing the cause of your under-eye bags will help you minimize their appearance after your filler treatment. There are literally dozens of things that can cause these bags to occur, but some are more common than others.
When our bodies retain fluid, our fat cells tend to plump up. This can be most evident in areas around the eyes. You might recognize fluid retention in falling eyelids, which present a sleepy appearance. Otherwise, you may notice that the thin skin around your eyelid can become more prominent, creating a baggy, puffy appearance.
Fluid retention can be the result of a number of factors. Frequently, it is caused by too much salt in the diet. If you are noticing that your eyes are puffier than they have been in years past, you should seek the guidance of your physician to determine if a dietary need or something else is at play.
Allergies and Other Sinus Issues
When we are suffering from an allergic reaction, we may notice inflammation occurring at different places throughout our body. Commonly, these reactions manifest in puffy, itchy, or watery eyes.
As a result of inflammation, the blood vessels of the eye rub against the thin skin of the eyes, creating a darker color underneath. Blocked nasal passages can also cause dark circles as they create pressure throughout the sinuses.
If you are a frequent sufferer of allergies or sinus issues, you may find that your under-eye area takes a hard hit as your body fights off the irritation.
Another common factor in creating a darker appearance to skin around the eyes is dehydration. Because the skin around your eye is very close to the underlying bone, the bone will push blood vessels and other tissue closer to the skin’s surface. When we are dehydrated, the blood vessels constrict, and the padding between the surface of our skin and the bone underneath thins out.
As the bone pushes the constricted blood vessels outward against the skin, the pressure and lack of plump fat cells between will make these areas appear darker than normal. Filler injections can remedy this by providing a plumping agent to the area, increasing the padding between.
Fatigue or Stress
When a person experiences extreme stress or fatigue, blood from the face will be pushed downward to provide support for more vital organs. This can leave the skin of the face looking white, drained, and pasty.
When the skin is paler, the dark areas underneath the skin will become more noticeable. Dark circles under the eyes will seem even darker. This can be made even more obvious by bloodshot whites of the eyes which result from dryness or exhaustion.
We also tend to rub our eyes more often when we are tired or stressed. Rubbing these areas will cause the darker capillaries and vessels under the eye to inflame or even break, leading to a bruised appearance.
Some people are just more sensitive and prone to crying than others. This can wreak havoc, though, on the areas around the eye. When your eyes are producing a lot of tears, the lacrimal system of the body is stimulated. This is the system that produces tears and helps the sinuses all drain in unison.
When we produce too many tears, our sinuses will absorb them, leading to more plumping and inflammation in these areas. This will cause the tissue around our eyes and nasal passages to swell, creating a puffy appearance. Have you ever cried yourself to sleep? If so, you’ve probably seen the result of an overworked lacrimal system at play. During sleep, your sinuses will absorb the tears because you are laying down. This is a fast-acting demonstration of how the tear ducts and sinuses work together.
Effects of Aging
As we age, the tissues around our eyes tend to weaken. Normal fat that would help support the eye moves to the lower eyelids, causing the eyes to appear puffier. Also, the skin around the eyes loses elasticity and even thins out some.
When fluid accumulates in these spaces, swelling occurs. Swelling along with lower skin elasticity and darkening of the area will create a more tired and baggy appearance to the under-eye area, which will often add even more years in appearance.
Some people are just genetically prone to under-eye discoloration and bagging. Much like the shape of our ears or the color of our eyes, some families are more genetically predisposed to under-eye bags. The extent of these effects, though, are almost always influenced by our lifestyle choices.
A glimpse at your mother or grandfather may let you know how susceptible you are to bagging or discoloration under the eyes as you age, but choosing healthy habits can minimize the effects over time. You will likely also find that filler treatments are beneficial in staving off these genetic manifestations.
No matter the cause of the under-eye bags or discoloration, Radiesse treatments can be beneficial in reducing the visibility and shaving off years from your appearance.
Things to Know About Radiesse Treatments
Most of us spend a considerable amount of our time defining and carving out an identity for ourselves. We always want to put our best face forward, and for many, this means seeking the help of treatments like Radiesse.
Before accepting any new kind of treatment, though, it is crucial to have a full understanding of how the process works. There are a few things that stand out above others as key pieces of information to know.
How Long Treatments Last
Treatments of hyaluronic acid fillers typically last anywhere from 9-18 months, which is over twice as long as most competing brands. Results will vary by individual, however, so there is no definitive answer that can be provided for anyone without the one-on-one consultation of a professional.
In more rare cases, treatments have lasted up to two full years before they need to be refreshed.
What the Procedure Is Like
A topical anesthetic is administered prior to the treatment to minimize any discomfort you may feel. From there, the plumping agent is administered throughout the area in a number of administrations that will depend upon the size of the area requiring treatment.
The entire process should only take about thirty minutes, making it one of the most convenient aesthetic treatments available on the market. It can be done during a lunch break or even in a swing-by appointment on your way home for the weekend.
Who Is Qualified to Give Treatments?
Whenever you are looking into any kind of treatment, you should ensure that your provider is someone you can trust. Only a board-certified health care professional should administer filler treatments. Ideally, this person would be a dermatologist or plastic surgeon.
Ensuring they are board-certified will provide assurance that their facility and protocol are to the highest standards of cleanliness, effectiveness, and quality.
After treatment, it is a good idea to take a little rest. Avoid exercising or anything that might cause excessive sweating and avoid high-stress or otherwise emotional situations. While not required, you may want to avoid the public for a day or two depending on how you feel following the treatment.
If you want, though, you can walk out of your treatment and return to work or even head out to your best friend’s birthday party. Physically, you will be ready to take on the world.
Best Aftercare Plan
Your doctor may provide you a list of supplements and food restrictions that they will want you to avoid for a day or two following treatment. These might include aspirin or fish oil, which are known to thin the blood. You would also be wise to avoid alcoholic beverages before or in the days after your treatment.
Your doctor may also provide you a list of safe supplements or medications that you can use as an alternative as well as advice about how to get the best results from the procedure.
Best Candidates for Radiesse
The best candidate for filler treatment is anyone who wants to reduce the appearance of puffiness, wrinkles, or other discoloration. Most commonly, filler treatments are sought by people ages 35 to 60 years in age who are physically healthy. As long as you are an adult and there is a need, though, these treatments should be available to you. There really are only rare circumstances that would disqualify you as a candidate.
With a more comprehensive understanding of how filler treatments to the under-eye area may benefit you, you are probably wondering how to get started. Remember help is only a phone call away.
Call for a Radiesse Consultation Now
Call Skin Renewal of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma today to schedule a consultation for Radiesse treatments under the eyes. It would be our pleasure to answer any additional questions you may have about the process and to get you started as soon as possible.