Beauty trends tend to change every so often. However, certain areas of the face and body are usually involved in the widespread perception of beauty. The eyes are one such area. Over decades of time, we’ve seen trends evolve from bushy, unkempt eyebrows to ultra-thin curves above the eyes. Makeup has been used for centuries to make the eyes “pop,” and trends have even changed in the cosmetics world. However we dress up the eyes, problems arise when the structure of the face changes.
There is no way to avoid the anatomical changes that occur with age. Studies show that various parts of the face, including the eye area, transform over time. Primarily, the concern with these changes is the loss of volume they bring. The eye area consists of a bony rim called the orbit. Inside the orbit are muscles, fatty tissue, and the eyeball globes. Here, fatty tissue cushions the eyeballs and muscle enables us to move the eyes. Just like fat diminishes on the cheeks and temples, the fat within the orbital socket can also decrease. Without the proper cushion, the eyeballs recede back into their sockets. The farther back the eyeballs sit, the more pronounced the upper orbital rim may become. As this bony structure seems to protrude farther, the eyes look sunken and hollow.
Fat decrease doesn’t just occur inside the upper orbital socket. Most people experience some type of change to their lower eyelids, as well. When this change involves fat depletion, the lower eyelids may also sink in slightly. Additionally, dark circles may develop.
Correcting Hollow Eyes
As science has learned more about the facial aging process and role of volume loss in cosmetic aging, innovative solutions have been developed. Decades ago, the only way to rejuvenate the face was to reposition tissues via a facelift. Today, focus is placed on volume restoration. One way Dr. Fante’s patients can correct hollow eyes is to undergo dermal filler treatment. Dermal fillers immediately contour the upper or lower eyelids by bringing water molecules into superficial tissue where they can be held for several months. Another option, one that achieves permanent results, is to inject fat cells into the area where hollowness has occurred. Fat injection treatment is a two-part process that involves harvesting fat from an area of the body, such as the tummy, and processing those cells to extract the most vital, pure fat. The processed substance is then carefully injected into the areas needing correction.