Common causes for Sunken Eyes include:
- Allergies (Rubbing eyes continuously)
- Genetics, if your parents have hyperpigmentation
- Ageing (reduction of collagen & elasticity)
- Lifestyle (Alcohol & Salt)
- Deep Set Tear Troughs
- Lack of Sleep
- Cheek Bone Erosion
- Sun Damage
If you’re struggling with sunken, tired looking eyes, you’re not alone. It’s one of our patients’ most common concerns. But what is it? What causes it? And what can you do to prevent or treat it? Find out everything you need to know in this blog post.
What Causes Sunken Eyes?
Did you know that your eyes are the first part of your face to show signs of ageing? This commonly manifests itself as Dark Circles around your eyes. There are a number of causes, including discolouration, some of which can be traced back to genetics. For example, if your parents are prone to hyperpigmentation.
The skin around the eye is called the periocular region and is particularly thin. Allergies such as hay fever can commonly affect the skin around the eyes, making it feel tender or sore. Rubbing your eyes repeatedly can lead to the appearance of dark circles. Sunken eyes are common and to be expected with the depletion of volume as we age naturally.
Some other causes that can contribute to dark circles include lifestyle habits such as excess alcohol and salt, lack of sleep and dehydration. Discoloration is very difficult to prevent.
Tear troughs that are deep set can give the impression that a person is tired even when they have plenty of sleep. The tear troughs will recede as part of our natural ageing process, alongside a reduction in collagen and elasticity in your skin. Also, the cheekbones and eye socket bones also start to recede over time, resulting in a loss of bony support for the skin.
Sun damage is common as the skin around the orbit of the eye is particularly delicate. Exposure to UV rays without appropriate sun screen and protection will make the skin become loose and the texture uneven, further casting a shadow and making the eyes look sunken.
A high quality sunscreen designed for the face will make a significant difference in preventing sun damage. Being aware about sunscreen and making it a habit to wear will significantly delay the ageing process. Some simple protection, such as sunglasses and a wide brim hat can also assist in providing shade. This has the added benefit of protecting your eyes from the damaging UV light.
Dehydration and Sunken Eyes
Hydration is key to keeping your skin looking plump and fresh, combined with a healthy lifestyle of diet, exercise, avoid smoking and you’re on a good path to keep your youthful looks. Hydration affects your whole body, so plenty of fresh water is key.
Can Sunken Eyes Be Reversed?
You’ll be glad to hear that sunken eyes can be reversed with a combination of good serums and dermal fillers. Our Hydrafacial has a specific pigmentation protocol to help with hyperpigmentation. All our consultations include a skin analysis, where we can look deeper in to your skin and understand what is causing your sunken eyes. We will then explain your treatment options and we can then agree a treatment plan bespoke to you.
Sunken eyes can a long-term problem but with the right treatments and skincare products, it can be brought under control.
If the skin around your eyes is pigmented and impacting on your quality of life in any way then it’s important that you get the help you need to alleviate your symptoms, heal your skin.
A good aesthetic doctor will be able to understand your needs and create a bespoke treatment plan that works for you and your skin. Here at Elite Aesthetics, Dr Shirin is a fully-trained and highly-experienced aesthetic physician, with over 20 years of experience in the medical field, including several years as a GP and a sub-speciality in anaesthetics. If you’re looking for a kind, compassionate and knowledgeable aesthetic doctor who can help get you looking wide eyed and youthful then we can help. Click here to find out more about Elite Aesthetics…
Our patients’ results are the most important factor to all the staff at Elite Aesthetics.
Can sunken eyes be treated?
Yes, sunken eyes can be treated with dermal fillers, which will raise and tighten the skin around your eyes and reducing the shadow around them.
What do sunken eyes look like?
Notice the shadows below the eyes have reduced.