Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Getting rid of permanent dark circles with intradermal filler featuring Vogue Clinic

I was born with dark circles and huge eye bags. So I look like I'm constantly tired and 'post call'. From home remedies to high end eye serum, the pigmentation under my eyes is permanent, worsens with stress because it's genetic. I have resorted to using concealers everyday.
This is the CC cushion with intense cover that I'm using currently.

It will be a freedom to go out of the house without wearing concealer. So for the benefit, I went for under eye fillers at Vogue Clinic.

Vogue Clinic
Address 36-3, Jalan 30/70A, Wisma Rapid, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 KL
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Why dark circles form?

Genetics- certain skin composition affects how lights are reflected off the orbital bones. That's why most topical serum doesn't work that well.

Ageing- with age, our tear troughs lose volume/we were born with thinner fat pads around the area. This makes the tiny blood vessels underneath more obvious- seen as dark circles!

What's intradermal fillers?

This is hyaluronic acid aka collagen based fillers injected underneath the eyes.

What's the procedure?

Numbing cream will be applied first. Local anesthetic was then injected around the area. A cannula was then used to guide the direction of infiltration of the filler. The whole procedure took less than 10 minutes in the experienced hands of Dr Darren. In the same setting, both eyes can undergo the treatment.

Watch this short YouTube video here to appreciate the process.

What's the feeling like? Painful?

It's an very interesting feeling. Will try my best to describe. The injection of the local anesthetic stung a bit. The injection of the filler, on the other hand, has to be deep and near to the bone. So the feeling was not very pleasant, like someone poking around the bone. But it's not pain, it's more the distension of the soft tissue that made everything felt tight and kind of bloated.


Swelling was inevitable and most obvious on day two. The filled areas felt kind of unnatural and firm but disappeared after 3 to 4 days. I was reminded to keep myself hydrated to ensure the effect of the treatment was optimised. I was warn that the injection site could develop bruising so I was more than glad that it didn't happen.

There's a tiny risk of 0.001% of blindness if the substance was injected into a blood vessel. But as with every injection, doctors do draw back before injecting to make sure this does not happen.

The effect?
Before and after photo. Under the same lighting.

Instantaneous brightening of the undereye areas! Yet still looks natural. After 5 days or so, the under eye area looked as if there was nothing done to it at all. The skin had returned to it's soft and supple consistency.  The effect could easily last 9 months to a year.

However, certain factors such as smoking, sleep deprivation, alcohol, nasal congestion and excessive eye rubbing are a few things that we can all do to prevent dark circles from forming.

This is a photo of me without concealer after a week. Love it!

Welcome my dark circles and eye bag free days!

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