Sunken eyes are often a sign of aging, however people of all ages can suffer from them. Some people are simply more prone to them than others.
If you are thin you are more likely to have dark circles under your eyes, because fat loss around the eye area (known as atrophied sub-orbicularis occuli) makes the blood vessels under the surface of the skin more visible.
Fortunately, there are many ways to conceal dark circles and get rid of this unwanted sunken appearance.
If you want to know how to disguise sunken eyes with makeup, the key is knowing what products to use. Here are some great makeup tips for hiding sunken eyes.
Forget about eyeshadow, which can make your eyes look even deeper and emphasise the sunken look.
Instead of eyeshadow, apply foundation. Simply apply a little of your regular foundation to your upper and lower eyelids, using the pad of your middle finger to gently pat the foundation into the skin.
Take care not to rub this delicate area, or you will risk damaging the skin.
To hide dark circles under your eyes, lighten the area with a good quality concealer. There are lots of great concealers on the market. Choose one that is suitable for your skin type and comes recommended by other users. Concealers come in liquid, cream and stick form.
Always apply concealer around your eye area with a very gentle touch. Concentrate on building up very fine layers, instead of piling it on, which will look obvious and do nothing to help your dark shadows.
Use clean fingertips to blend the concealer into your skin – and remember pat, don’t rub!
Cosmetic Surgery Solutions for Sunken Eyes
If you are looking for cosmetic surgery solutions for this problem, you may want to consider fat grafting. This is a popular procedure for this particular problem, which involves taking fat cells from one part of the body and injecting them into the under eye area.
What you need to know about fat grafting
- A local anaesthetic or oral sedative will be administered.
- A small hypodermic needle is used to remove fat from another part of the body (normally the buttocks, thighs or abdomen). Excess fluid is removed from the fat using a centrifuge. This ensures that damaged fat cells are removed.
- The undamaged fat is injected into the eye area with a separate hypodermic needle.
- Fat grafting should not be painful, although some discomfort and/or nausea may be experienced after the procedure.
- Typical side effects are swelling and bruising, which may be quite painful. Pain killers are normally prescribed.
- Risks of fat grafting include scarring, cysts and infection. As with all cosmetic surgery procedures, the surgeon will discuss all possible risks with you before you decide whether to go ahead with the procedure.
You can expect the results of fat grafting to last from 3 months to 3 years. Results can vary greatly according to the experience of the surgeon and how receptive the individual is to the fat transfer.
Before you consider surgery, it is worth looking at non-surgical options. Many eye treatment products are specially formulated to reduce the appearance of blood vessels that cause those dark circles and help to improve the appearance of sunken eyes.