Dr. Michael McCracken Sees Increased Use of Injectable Fillers For Treating Bags Under The Eyes

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The popularity of a dermal filler called Restylane for restoring facial volume is up over last year, says Dr. McCracken. The treatment restores volume under the eyes, taking years off a person’s appearance without surgery or downtime.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the use of dermal fillers was up 3% in 2010 compared to 2009 with 1.7 million people having one or more type of filler to soften wrinkles, add volume to the face to rejuvenate the lower eyelids. “In 2011 the trend only increased,” says Dr. Michael McCracken, a board certified eye and facial plastic surgeon who practices in Parker and Boulder, CO. “More people than ever from all age groups are interested in maintaining or restoring their appearance, especially with minimally invasive or non-surgical treatments. The new generation of injectable fillers like Restylane can be used to address many cosmetic issues, and treatment results typically last for many months at the very least,” he says. 

“Hollowness and ‘bags’ under the eyes can make a person look tired and older, even if the rest of his or her face is youthful,” says Dr. McCracken. “The loss of facial volume is a major factor in the aging process. Additionally, over time the tissue that holds the under-eye fat pad in toward the eyeball becomes lax and it allows the fat to bulge forward, creating unsightly bags under the eyes,” says Dr. McCracken. “Although everyone is different, these under-eye bags often start to become noticeable around age 35 and can get progressively more pronounced with each passing year.”

One patient, “Jodi” decided to do something when she noticed "bags" forming under her eyes just after she turned 40. “No mater how rested I was, I still looked tired,” she says. “I decided I wasn’t going to accept looking older without a fight!”

After Jodi had her first treatment with Restylane she says she was happy to hear her husband tell her she looked about 35. The effects of that first treatment lasted about 10 months, she says, and she just had a small amount of bruising for a few days post-treatment. That was three years ago, and Jodi also had the volume in her cheeks restored with Restylane. Dr. McCracken says that after the effects of the first treatment wore off Jodi had a second treatment, which lasted for 14 months with no bruising and just a little swelling after the treatment. 

“”Older people with more skin laxity or people with more pronounced signs of aging may wish to consider surgical options, but for the younger patient, fillers such as Restylane offer an attractive option to delay the downtime and cost of surgery,” says Dr. McCracken.

For more information about McCracken Eye and Face Institute or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael McCracken, please call 720.851.6600 or visit http://www.mccrackenmd.com.

About Dr. McCracken:
Michael McCracken, M.D. moved to Denver in 2003 after completing a three-year ophthalmology residency at the University of Illinois Chicago and a two-year fellowship in oculoplastic surgery at the University of California San Diego. As a board certified ophthalmologist with additional specialized training in oculoplastic surgery, Dr. Michael McCracken is distinctly qualified to treat diseases and surgical needs of the eyes, problems related to the eyelids, tear ducts and eye sockets, and cosmetic concerns of the eyelids, eyebrows and face.    

Dr. McCracken is among a handful of members of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, a highly selective society of specially trained surgeons who focus on the eyes and surrounding areas. Dr. McCracken is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.  Dr. McCracken has lectured internationally and has also been chosen as a member of the BOTOX® and Juvéderm® National Education Faculty.

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