Most people understand eye bags to be a result of protrusion or “sagging” of the pad of fat under the eye because of thinning skin and tissue laxity – which often surface with age. However, pseudo eye bags – the more insidious cousin of the real ones – can have an equally ageing effect on your appearance.
Seen in women as young as 25, pseudo eye bags, as the name suggests, aren’t actually caused by bulging pockets of fat under the eyes. On the contrary, they result from a loss of fat in the under-eye area, causing a deep crease between the nose and the lower eyelid, also known as the tear trough. A shadow forms along the tear trough, resulting in what looks like under-eye circles or eye bags. Furthermore, tear troughs tend to exaggerate the appearance of existing eye bags.
Thus far, hyaluronic acid filler injections have been the go-to treatment for addressing pseudo eye bags. Although effective, fillers may exacerbate the appearance of eye bags slightly, and the results wear off in about nine months.
Dr Lee Mun Heng, who helms Cambridge Medical Group, tackles the tired look caused by tear troughs and eye bags with a procedure called EYE-REVO.
Conceived by a Korean dermatologist, this innovative treatment combines tried-and-tested techniques with current medical technology. Using a round-tip cannula (a needle that is not sharp) for improved safety, comfort and reduced risk of blood-vessel damage, a material called Poly-L-lactic acid – believed to stimulate the production of collagen – is administered to the target area to bolster support for tissues around the upper cheek. The technique is performed under local anaesthesia and needs fewer needle punctures to achieve the desired result.
Over the next few days after the treatment, the Poly-L-lactic acid is said to encourage the body’s own fibroblast cells to manufacture natural collagen.
Besides stimulating collagen production, this treatment also uses radio-frequency technology to help tighten the tissues holding the fat pads within the eye bags.
"Radio frequency is a proven method for causing collagen contraction and skin tightening. It works in combination with and enhances the effect of targeted and accurate placement of Poly-L-lactic acid. As the area is ‘filled’ by new collagen made by your own body, it will feel natural to the touch,” explains Dr Lee.
|MEET THE DOCTOR Dr Lee Mun Heng graduated from the University of Cambridge, one of the most prestigious institutions in the world, where he received the coveted Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Award. Subsequently, he studied in Italy, South Korea and Japan, where he honed his skills in medical aesthetics. He was instrumental in setting up Raffles Medical Group and was manager for Plastics & Dermatology at Raffles Hospital, before setting up Cambridge Medical Group in January 2014. He continues to learn new techniques and skills, and most recently travelled to South Korea to study under a renowned Korean dermatologist.|