Patients always ask dermatologists to make their faces look years younger. This is not possible to achieve if your eyes look tired, which is why many cosmetic clinics offer under eye fillers.
With the rising demand with tear trough area filler injections, patients must not be mistaken to think that this is a quick fix for all eye complaints. Let us get to know more how these under eye fillers can brighten your face and erase signs of fatigue on your eyes.
Who Can Undergo Under Eye Filler?
Dark circles around the eyes can be caused by pigment or vascular issues. Although filler can help fade these out, it does now magically erase them. Nevertheless, if you have a hollow half-moon dangling under your eyes, you are one of the best candidates. For those who lack volume under the eyes, this is a great treatment for you.
Dermatologists say that as we age, the fat compartments in our faces drop to the pull of gravity. The under-eye area may appear to be separated from the cheek, giving a hollow and tired look. Worry no more, fillers can now be used under the eye to smoothen the transition between the eyes and cheeks.
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What Type of Filler is Used Under the Eyes?
Dermatologist Robert Anolik, MD prefers Juvederm fillers. He explains that hyaluronic acid fillers “are soft and blend into the surrounding skin,”. They are transparent and are perfect in creating a natural effect under the eyes. These fillers are also safer compared to other filler forms. However, he said that FDA has not yet approved any filler for under eye use which is why all treatments like this are considered off-label.
Is it painful?
The procedure is quick and should be painless. The only fear you have to fight is the fear of needles, especially if it will be injected close to your eyes. A topical numbing cream will be applied to the area 30 minutes before the procedure. After the treatment, some patients may experience post-prick puffiness and bruise depending on your skin type. This is a common phenomenon because the area is prone to bruising which is why we get black eyes after a trauma.
Bruises fade in about 1-2 weeks. Inflammation takes only a few days to recover. Your doctor will advise you to avoid blood thinners such as fish oil supplements and aspirin for at least a week before the treatment. As for bruising, your doctor may recommend you take homeopathic arnica supplements.
Is It Risky?
The eye area has irregular contours that make it hard to treat. However, a skilled dermatologist or plastic surgeon can administer fillers properly which can then be considered very safe. A complication that you should watch for is the Tyndall effect. This happens when the filler is injected too superficially in the skin but fret not. In case the fillers develop a blue discoloration or are too puffy, they can be fixed by hyaluronidase to dissolve them.
How Long Will the Filler Last?
Fillers are not permanent. They usually last up to a year but require a couple of touch-ups to retain their appearance. The right amount should be carefully balanced to avoid overloading the eye area with each treatment which is why it cannot be a one time visit.