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UNDER-EYE CIRCLES: Are Fillers The Answer?

Oct 12, 2012 Posted by Corrie Shenigo on Project Beauty

My readers should know by now that I L-O-V-E avoiding a problem. I take great pride in my ability to bob and weave, laugh it off and look the other way – but inevitably there comes a time when these matters must be taken into hand, and that time happened just the other day, when a frienemy of mine put on her most “concerned” face and asked, “Are you okay? Your eyes look soooo tired.” Oh sure. I laughed it off, said I’m fine — and after mentally punching her in the face, I rush to the bathroom to examine my pooped-out peepers. That b***h was right.

I’ve written about my lifelong fight with dark under-eye circles and puffiness, and whether they’re caused by a raccoon hiding somewhere in my genetic lineage, or a lack of sleep, stress and the occasional cocktail — I refuse to give the aforementioned frienemy any occasion to put on her “concerned” face and hurl her insult arrows at me again. That’s right, it seems pettiness is my call to action — I don’t care. *sniff

In a happy coincidence, a recent issue of Marie Claire, in an article called “Vicious Circles” vows “once and for all” to banish dark under-eye circles — and it seems I’m not alone in my fight. Nor am I alone in having a dreaded frienemy. Writer Lea Goldman starts off her journey with a tale of an overly harsh make-up artist who uses phrases like “the heavy-duty stuff,” “those are some serious circles” and “Rough night, huh” while attempting to get the poor gal in TV friendly shape. The saddest part is that Goldman hadn’t suffered a rough night, in fact, she admitted that she was surprisingly well rested, but the “manholes” under her eyes sent an entirely different message.

And so, with a single comment (or several), a seed was planted. And I do love to water a seed. Apparently, so does Goldman and all of those comments about her “manholes” led to the translation that people found her to look exhausted, frazzled and as if she didn’t have her sh*t together.

Her answer through the years was similar to many of us suffering from raccoons hiding somewhere in our family trees — concealers, and hiding behind glasses. Both to no avail, so Goldman decided it was time to bring out the big guns, as in a visit to a dermatologist.

Enter Dr. David Colbert, Manhattan dermatologist and founder of Colbert M.D. Skincare, who diagnosed the author’s under-eye drama with an efficient nod (and we imagine a knowing *sniff): little fat or collagen below the eyes, thus making the purple facial muscle visible beneath the skin, and there’s not a concealer strong enough to cover that.

To be fair, most of us know that it’s not simply genetics — smoking, lack of sleep, al-kee-hol, quick weight loss, and dehydration also play a part in under-eye baggage — but when that’s the main culprit calling in the big guns (aka. the doctor) might be the only option providing relief. And by relief, we mean Restylane.

Eek! Needles?! Under my eyes?! I admit it, I’ve thought about it, but have yet to pull the trigger. Thankfully Goldman did it for us. Sure there was pain to the tune of “10 or so pricks of Restylane [that] stung like 100 rubber-band snaps to the face,” and she did mention something about “hear[ing] the needle move beneath [the] skin.” — but let’s get the skinny… did it work?

Weeelll… it depends on who you ask. Ask Goldmans couples therapist, who said she looked “positively glowing,” and the answer is yes. Ask her co-workers who asked if she’d “lost weight,” the answer is yes. Ask Dr. Colbert who said “I think you look great” and advised against a second round of injections, the answer, again, is yes. Ask Goldman herself? Well she didn’t see a “damn difference.”

Not exactly a resounding argument for looking towards fillers to lighten up those dark circles, but also not one that has me crossing it off my list of things to explore. So, in the spirit of exploration, let us know — have you found that fillers help your raccoon-like peepers?

29, October, 2012Dr. Richard Schwartz

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