Month: August 2015

What Can You Do To Eliminate Those Dark Circles Under Your Eyes?

eyes-older-womanDark circles under your eyes can make you look tired and older. Find out how to eliminate dark circles below.

Quick Solutions

There are a few quick ways to reduce the appearance of dark circles underneath your eyes:

  • Apply a cold compress to your eyes for 2-5 minutes.
  • Use an eye cream with caffeine to reduce the size of blood vessels near your eyes. If you don’t have an eye cream handy, you can wet a tea bag and place it underneath your eyes for a minute or two.
  • Using concealer is one of the quickest and simplest ways to hide dark circles. Choose a creamy, solid concealer that matches your skin tone and draw a triangle under your eyes that points down toward your cheek. Carefully pat in the concealer with your ring finger.

Long Term Solutions

While the above tricks can help, dark circles become more and more difficult to hide as people age. The following tips will help you eliminate dark circles for good.

  • Get enough sleep. Skimping on sleep is one of the quickest ways to guarantee you’ll have dark circles or puffy eyes. Try to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night. It may also help to sleep with your head a little bit elevated.
  • Take your allergy medicine. Sometimes dark circles are caused by allergies, so taking antihistamines and other allergy medicine as directed by your doctor can help eliminate under eye circles.
  • Try carboxy therapy. The Sahara Medical Institute uses carboxy therapy to treat a variety of skin issues. This procedure uses carbon dioxide to improve circulation, encourage collagen production, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It can also be used to treat dark circles underneath your eyes. A small amount of carbon dioxide is injected underneath your eye to improve circulation, which reduces the appearance of dark circles. The treatment only takes about five minutes and most patients come in 2-5 times, spacing each appointment about a week apart.

To learn more about treating dark circles and improving your skin, schedule a consultation at The Sahara Medical Institute.

Is Botox Right For You?

injection in the eyebrowBotox is a trusted and tested tool for those who want to reduce signs of aging, but it isn’t the right solution for everyone. Find out more about Botox to determine whether it is right for you:

How does Botox work?

Botox is a neurotoxin that is injected into your face using very tiny needles. Don’t let the word ‘neurotoxin’ scare you though—Botox, just like many other substances is harmful in huge amounts, but very safe and useful when used correctly in the right doses. It has been approved by the FDA since 1989.

 

When Botox is injected, it temporarily weakens the muscles in the targeted area. This creates a smooth outer appearance.

How long does Botox last?

Results will vary from patient to patient, but the results of Botox injections usually last for 3-6 months. Often patients who’ve been using Botox for awhile have longer lasting results.

What is Botox usually used for?

Because Botox weakens facial muscles, it is usually used to eliminate wrinkles that are caused by frequent facial expressions. It is often used to target furrows in the brow, crinkles around the eyes, and forehead lines. It can be used on other parts of the face, but it is often used on the upper third of the face.

What other things can Botox do?

Botox has turned out to be quite useful, and in addition to treating wrinkles, it can sometimes be used to treat migraines and stop excessive sweating.

Should you try Botox?

If you are opposed to regular maintenance treatments to keep up your appearance, you may want to try another procedure like a facelift.  If you are more worried about lost volume in your face than you are about wrinkles, dermal fillers may be the better option for you.

 

If however, you want to reduce the appearance of wrinkles caused by facial expressions, Botox is a great option. It is also a good choice for those who want a relatively affordable and surgery free way to look younger and improve their appearance.

 

To learn more about Botox, and other options for improving your appearance, schedule a consultation at the Sahara Medical Institute.