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Tired of Looking Tired?

Published September 3, 2013 3:29 PM by Mina Grasso

People in society today, including teenagers, are becoming more health and fitness conscious. As individuals become more selective with their dietary intake with reduced calories, and they become more fit, they have less body fat.

Unfortunately they lose fat volume in their face, which creates an older, more tired appearance. These people are often mistaken for looking tired and older when in reality they feel pretty energetic and youthful.

Weight loss usually results in a person's face looking tired. This pattern of volume loss is also consistent with the natural aging process. The aging process involves loss of bone and muscle as well as fat. Under the eyes "dark circles" appear.

The hallowing creates a shadow that appears dark. These "dark circles" caused by volume loss can be remedied by replacing the volume with tissue fillers.

Restylane, a hyaluronic acid, is the most popular tissue filler that is used under the eyes to replace volume. It is non-animal based, and allergy skin testing is not required. The results are immediate. In 20 minutes, a patient can appear more refreshed and look 10 or more years younger.

There is minimal to no downtime. The risk of bruising is significantly reduced using a blunt cannula. The blunt cannula can also reduce the risk of tissue necrosis due to injection of the hyaluronic acid into a blood vessel.

This office procedure is well tolerated, and patients are usually presentable after treatment. They can resume regular activities immediately. Mild to moderate swelling may occur the following one to two mornings after the procedure.

Volume replacement to treat the "Tired Look" creates a natural, more refreshed and rested appearance. Patients say that when friends or family see them, they usually give them a second look and ask if they lost weight or changed hairstyle or color.They cannot pin point what the difference is they see, but complimentary comments are of looking refreshed. 

posted by Mina Grasso

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