Dr Ali believes less is more. Hyaluronic acid is a sterling hydrator, making it ideal for plumping up dry, thin skin, but its ability to retain water molecules means too much can leave you with puffiness. Besides, a subtle shadow beneath the eyes looks natural. “Even babies have grooves underneath their eyes,” explains cosmetic surgeon Dr Kambiz Golchin.
Dr Ali injects “micro droplets of filler” at the nose-to-cheek junction in order to merely soften the volume loss that casts a shadow. As for the procedure itself, though the sensation of the solution going in is slightly off-putting, it’s over before you know it. Despite a tiny bruise that dissipated within a couple of days, it wasn’t painful, nor was it noticeable that I’d had anything done.
I returned for a follow-up appointment two weeks later to assess the outcome which, Dr Ali explains, varies depending on how well your body metabolises the hyaluronic acid. As she is extremely cautious on the first round, at the second appointment she may administer more if needed.
It has been two months since I had the procedure and when I look at my face in the mirror, the shadows are still apparent, just less so. I’m thrilled to report that I don’t wear make-up under my eyes anymore – think of it like an invisible concealer that never needs reapplying. I’m told the results can last from six months to two years.
Of course, filler isn’t for everyone: there are numerous reasons for dark circles, some being hereditary, which is why it needs to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. It also shouldn’t be the first port of call – so here are four at-home products that can help perk up tired under-eyes.