The eyes are one of most alluring features and biggest secret keepers of your age. Over time, our genetics and natural aging can lead to droopy, puffy, tired-looking eyes. For those who are not ready for surgery but seek eyelid correction, Dr. Rana has developed a signature non-surgical procedure called the Brilliant Eyelid Lift (BEL). It involves advanced and precise placement of dermal filler to volumize the eyes, restoring a refreshed, more awake appearance.

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The BEL Procedure

The treatment restores youthfulness to the eyes with the use of the dermal filler to volumize and support this under eyelid area alleviating the hollow, tired appearance caused by dark circles and crepey skin of the lower eyelids. 

Often, dark circles are the result of fat bulging in the lower eyelid that is exaggerated by a loss of volume that creates a hollow area called the “tear trough.”

By placing the dermal filler into this “tear-trough,” there is less shadow and therefore improvement in dark circles, making you look more youthful and rested.

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How the BEL Procedure Works

Dark circles are usually caused by fat bulging in the lower eyelid that is made more prominent by volume loss that creates a hollow area called the “tear trough.” In the BEL procedure, dermal fillers are placed into this “tear trough” so that there is less shadowing and a significant improvement in dark circles.

The BEL procedure is non-surgical, minimally-invasive, and is typically completed in as little as 20 minutes. A fine needle is used to inject a soft tissue filler into the tear troughs, instantly smoothing and rejuvenating the area. The procedure involves very little discomfort, and patients can get back to normal activities almost immediately, with few side effects.

Dermal fillers are not permanent treatments, so patients will need to repeat the procedure in order to maintain results. This is typically necessary every 18-24 months.

What to Expect from a BEL Consultation

Patients who are interested in the BEL technique will need to schedule a private consultation. Dr. Rana will meet with you to go over the details of the procedure and determine whether the Brilliant Eyelid Lift makes sense for your particular concerns and goals. This procedure will only be recommended to patients who are in good physical health, have dark circles and under eye wrinkles that bother them, and are realistic about the results.

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The BEL Procedure Recovery

Following the BEL procedure, patients may be a bit red, swollen, or bruised. Fortunately, these side effects typically resolve within a few days. Most patients who undergo this procedure have minimal to no swelling or bruising and can go back to work or resume social activities right after the procedure has been completed.

Benefits of the BEL Procedure

There are several key benefits of the BEL procedure. When compared to other treatments designed to improve the appearance of the eye area, the BEL procedure is very affordable. It can also be completed in a short timeframe on a patient’s lunch break and offers no downtime and instant results. Patients no longer have to depend on eyelid surgery to treat a tired, aged look.

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Good Candidates for the BEL Procedure

The BEL enhancement procedure was specifically created to help patients look years younger by smoothing out the wrinkles under their eyes and lighting dark circles. Patients who are always in search of the right concealer to disguise under eye perfections are excellent candidates for the Brilliant Eyelid Lift. The BEL enhancement is also a good option for men and women who would like to get rid of the sunken, exhausted look they wear on a daily basis. Since fillers are very safe, candidacy requirements are minimal, but patients should be in general good health and have realistic expectations.

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Frequently Asked Questions about the BEL Procedure

What are dermal fillers?

Gels that are made of a substance known as hyaluronic acid that is naturally found in the body are referred to as dermal fillers. Not all fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, but it is the most popular type of filler, and the one used in the Brilliant Eyelid Lift. Dermal fillers are effective in restoring lost volume or adding new volume to soft tissue in the face.

What are the various applications of dermal fillers?

In addition to improving the eye area, dermal fillers can be used to restore volume in the cheeks and chin, enhance the lips and cheeks, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and creases, and contour the jawline.

Can eye creams fix dark circles?

Many patients have spent a great deal of money on costly eye creams that simply didn’t live up to their promises. While a few high-end eye creams on the market may slightly improve the appearance of dark circles and sallowness beneath the eyes, the BEL procedure is a more reliable, and effective solution. A loss of volume is one of the main causes of a tired look, making dermal fillers the ideal choice.

What are the risks of the BEL Procedure?

There are risks with any cosmetic procedure, including the Brilliant Eyelid Lift. Although the risks are uncommon, they may include swelling, bruising, or uneven results. Fortunately, bruising and swelling will likely subside with time and any uneven results can be corrected by dissolving the filler or touching up the procedure.

Who should perform BEL Procedure?

It’s imperative to choose a plastic surgeon who specializes in the eyelids when having any cosmetic work done in the eye area. Our renowned plastic surgeons have made treating dark circles and other under eye issues one of his main professional priorities.

Is BEL Procedure painful?

Many patients are surprised to learn that Brilliant Eyelid Lift procedure will not cause them any pain. This is because it is easy for an expert to avoid nerves while injecting a filler.

Can Botox be used to treat under eye circles?

While Botox is an effective treatment for facial wrinkles, it is not recommended for improving the appearance of under eye circles. Since dark circles usually mean there has been a loss of volume, dermal fillers are ideal. Dermal fillers add volume in order to fill in hollows or creases whereas Botox simply relaxes the muscles underneath wrinkles.

Can Botox be paired with BEL Procedure?

Although Botox and Brilliant Eyelid Lift are both different procedures, they can be paired together to create a more youthful and vibrant appearance. These procedures are frequently used together to smooth out dynamic facial muscles cause by repetitive movements and to improve areas of volume loss.

Can a BEL procedure be reversed?

A noteworthy benefit of using dermal fillers to improve the eye area is that if necessary, the procedure can be reversed. Enzyme hyaluronidase can be used to completely reverse the procedure. This serves as a safety net to patients who are new to cosmetic procedure and unsure of whether they’ll like their results.

Are dark circles caused by a lack of sleep?

Most patients assume their dark circles are the result of dehydration, allergies, or a lack of sleep. The truth is that aging is the most common cause of dark circles. Since the skin under the eye area is naturally thinner than other areas of the face, aging causes the skin to become thinner due to fat and collagen loss.

When this occurs, the skin starts to sag and the blood vessels under the tissue become more prominent and lead to a dark and sunken appearance. Men and women who were born with thinner skin are more prone to dark circles than those with naturally thicker skin.

When is eyelid surgery a better option than BEL?

Not all patients are good candidates for BEL Procedure. Those with loose and baggy skin in the lower eyelids or major wrinkles under the eyes may achieve better results with eyelid surgery.

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