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Non-Surgical Treatment for Under Eye Dark Circles & Bags

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Look Younger & More Rested With Fillers

Dark circles and bags are common cosmetic concerns - yet, until recently, effective treatment proved elusive. Now, new advances in aesthetic medicine offer patients a minimally invasive solution: dermal fillers. With dermal fillers such as RADIESSE®, JUVÉDERM® and Restylane®, San Francisco facial plastic surgeon Dr. David Mabrie can reduce the appearance of dark circles and bags.

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Case 377

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This patient of mine, a young woman from the South Bay in California, wasn't feeling too happy with her profile, or the dark circles that were creeping up beneath her eyes. She came to my San Francisco office for a consultation, specifically asking about the possibilities that Dermal Fillers could provide. The first thing I noticed during our examination was that she had v...

Case 375

ABOUT OUR PATIENT Doesn't it bug you when you're going about your day, feeling fresh and ready to take on the world, and someone come up to ask you, "What's wrong? You look tired." I know. It bothers me too. And for the longest time, it also bothered this patient (especially since she works at a beauty salon.) That's why she stepped into my San Francisco office for a consultation. After tac...

Case 367

ABOUT OUR PATIENT "Practice what you preach." Now that's a piece of wisdom I think everyone should follow, especially if you happen to be in the cosmetic surgery biz. You always hear me telling you to stay beautiful by committing to the transformative process of using non-surgical dermal fillers. Well, guess what? I do the same thing myself. You could say the patient for this case, which happens...

Case 366

ABOUT OUR PATIENT Does this patient look familiar to some of you? Well, She ought to. She's my medical assistant, Nicole! You'll see helping me out around the office with surgeries and filler injections. (She's almost like magicians apprentice.) Since she's a big part of the Mabrie family, I wanted to show off the results of some of the wonderful rejuvenative filler work we've done for her. Why? ...

Case 363

ABOUT OUR PATIENT The bags develop under your eyes are one of the most problematic effects of aging. What's worse, they can start looking saggy and puffy even if you're still young. Our patient for this case, a young woman living in San Francisco, is only in her 20's and was already experiencing under eye problems After Googling options around the Bay Area, she found my practice, which specializ...

Case 352

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This young lady is a professional writer living in San Francisco. For ten long years, she'd been considering having cosmetic surgery to preserve her signature youthful charm. Like most of those who choose my practice, she didn't want to look too "done" or "plastic". So she took her time looking around, considering her options, and doing some soul searching. Upon checking out so...

Case 348

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This particular case is one that I'm very excited to share with you. This patient had been seeking help around San Francisco for non-surgical rejuvenation when he found our practice online. He knew he wanted to look more refreshed to reflect his charismatic personality, but he wasn't sure what kind of treatment would help him accomplish this. DR. MABRIE'S TREATMENT PLAN During...

Case 343

ABOUT OUR PATIENT   Ever since she could remember, this patient had laugh lines that distracted from her graceful good looks. Last year, after searching around for non-surgical laugh line reduction in San Francisco, she was referred to our practice by one of her good friends. Soon after, she stopped by my office for an in-depth consultation.    DR. MABRIE’S TREATMENT PLAN&...

Case 314

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This patient of mine is an African American man in his 20's. He started becoming interested in non-surgical cosmetic procedures after deciding that he wanted a more defined nose and enhanced facial appearance. After seeing some of my YouTube videos online, he came into our San Francisco office for a consultation to find out how using facial dermal fillers could significantly tra...

Case 296

ABOUT OUR PATIENT After considering under eye treatment for quite some time, this young man from California felt he looked tired and older than he felt, and wanted to get rid of his dark under eye circles. I was happy to consult with him when he stopped into my San Francisco Bay Area office. DR. MABRIE'S TREATMENT PLAN This patient had moderately severe dark circles under his eyes. These shadow...

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What Causes Dark Circles & Bags?

Depending on the cause and each individual's anatomy, dark circles (indentations) and/or bags can appear. These can be caused by multiple factors. In most individuals, the skin directly under the eyes is so thin that the muscle and blood vessels can be seen more clearly. This is why almost all of us have some degree of darkness under the eyes.

As we age, the skin grows even thinner, and we lose the natural insulating layer of fat beneath our skin. This causes underlying structures, like fat, to become more pronounced. What looks like puffiness that has appeared beneath the eyes is actually the fat that has always been there, now more visible due to thinning and hollowing in the area. This can be worsened by inadequate cheekbone projection.

How Can Dermal Fillers Help?

The traditional approach to bags has been to remove the fat, however, this only increases the "skeletonized" appearance. The new approach is to restore the insulating layer with fillers, which add volume and hydration. This smooths out indentations and bags and the shadows that they create. Using fillers to improve cheek projection provides additional support to the area for an improved under-eye appearance.

For a better understanding of how they work, you can read more about facial dermal fillers in San Francisco, including Restylane, RADIESSE, and JUVÉDERM Injectable Gel.

Dermal Fillers for Dark Circles & Bags

For a gentler injection procedure, Dr. Mabrie offers the innovative microcannula injection method. These blunt-ended microcannulas cut fewer arteries and veins than needles, resulting in significantly less after-treatment bruising and swelling. The microcannula allows Dr. Mabrie to restore volume to even the delicate under-eye area in a way that appears natural.

Using the microcannula, Dr. Mabrie injects a small amount of the dermal filler material below the eyes or along the cheek bone. The type of filler, the amount of filler, and the location of the injections will be determined based on each person's unique anatomy and the conditions being addressed.

Results appear immediately and will generally last anywhere from 6 months to a year, depending on the filler used. The treatment can be repeated regularly to maintain attractive results.

Side effects from dermal fillers are similar to that of BOTOX® Cosmetic in San Francisco. Some common injection-related reactions such as edema, swelling, bruising, pain, itching, discoloration, and tenderness at the injection site may occur. For additional information, read what to expect during and after your treatment.

Treating Dark Circles with Dermal Fillers

January 2013

Dr. Mabrie believes that it is very important for patients to have realistic expectations of what dermal fillers can achieve. The truth is: everyone is different. No two people will have the exact same results from an eye dermal filler procedure. Because dermal fillers are not permanent, Dr. Mabrie has the opportunity to work with each patient over time to fine-tune the procedure and accomplish the desired results. For men and women seeking permanent improvement, Dr. Mabrie also performs lower eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty).

San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon David C. Mabrie M.D., F.A.C.S.

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The Surgeon

Dr. David Mabrie offers:

  • Double board certification
  • Excellent training & experience
  • Specialization in the face and neck
  • A trainer's skill in injectable filler techniques
Why Dr. Mabrie
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Dr. Mabrie works with men and women throughout the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Oakland, Walnut Creek and Pinole. Request a consultation online or call us at (415) 445-9513 for more information.

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Mabrie Facial Cosmetic: David C. Mabrie, MD
166 Geary Street #1502
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: (415) 445-9513
Mabrie Facial Cosmetic: David C. Mabrie, MD
1700 San Pablo Avenue Suite F
Pinole, CA 94564
(510) 724-3200