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Advertisements may claim that a good eye cream can help banish dark circles and wrinkles around the eyes, but the only things known to work are a nutritive diet, adequate sleep and surgical procedures.

health and fitness Updated: Jun 19, 2010 20:51 IST

Advertisements may claim that a good eye cream can help banish dark circles and wrinkles around the eyes, but the only things known to work are a nutritive diet, adequate sleep and surgical procedures.

Age-related sagging and puffiness around the eyes adds years to your face. Sagging is difficult to treat non-surgically, but there are some methods such as non-ablative radio frequency skin tightening that can treat the milder cases.

Filler gels

A popular temporary non-surgical fix includes injecting biocompatible filler gels to fill out hollows under the eyes and smooth out the fine lines and wrinkles.

Fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, a substance similar to lubricating fluid present in the joints. The treatment costs between Rs 20,000 and Rs 25,000 per sitting. As the body absorbs the fillers over time, the effect lasts between nine months to one year. There are no major side effects, but expect some lumpiness if the injection is not given properly. Very rarely though, the death of skin cells (necrosis) can occur at the injection site.

Botox

Another anti-wrinkling option is botulinum toxin, popularly referred to as botox. It’s a neurotoxin protein that reduces wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes by temporarily paralysing the set of muscles where it is injected. The cost depends on the number of units used, but typically one sitting costs Rs 8,000 to Rs 12,000.

The effect depends upon the set of muscles injected, but a follow-up sitting is usually needed in three months. Treatment by untrained hands can cause temporary side effects such as droopy eyelids, double vision and dry eyes.

Dr Menon is a consultant in oculoplasty at the Centre for Sight, New Delhi.