Under-eye filler is an increasingly popular facial rejuvenation injectable designed to help reduce the appearance of dark circles and wrinkles under the eyes. It is a non-invasive procedure with little to no downtime, and many patients can continue their regular activities after the treatment. However, it is important to understand the potential risks and benefits of under-eye filler before undergoing the procedure. Dr.
Maiman suggests holding a mirror in front of your face and looking up so that the light reaches directly to the area under your eyes to determine if you have experienced volume loss. If the color remains, pigment and filler are unlikely to be beneficial. It is also important to note that fillers are not able to solve all problems under the eyes. Under-eye fillers can be used anywhere around the eye where there is an unwanted contour, defect, or line, but they are not necessarily an instant solution to all dark circles.
So far, under-eye filler is an off-label treatment, meaning it hasn't received FDA approval. That doesn't mean it's illegal to put a filler under your eyes or anything, but it's still smart to go into the process knowing that there are some risks (even if they're rare). Rarer and more serious side effects can also occur, such as the Tyndall effect (when the skin turns blue) or death of tissue around the eye. It is typical for under-eye fillers to last about six months after the first time they are applied, and then last longer with additional treatments in the future.
To minimize your risks and ensure you receive the best care and optimal results, be sure to consult a qualified and board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist who has experience in under-eye filling. The tip of the cannula can slide between layers of tissue without causing any potential nerve damage near the eyes. It is also important to avoid taking aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, vitamin E, and ginkgo biloba for at least five days before the filler is injected under the eyes. Bruises may last longer, but they should go away within a week.
Other than that, no real aftercare is required. Tear filling can help minimize the appearance of dark circles under the eyes that result from shadows being cast on the under-eye area. Patients with thicker, softer skin may have better results than those with thinner, wrinkled skin under the eyes. However high the price may seem, many people believe that fillers under the eyes are worth it. After all, unlike some facials that take time to install, the benefits of under-eye filler are noticeable as soon as it is injected (however, Moran warns that there may be swelling or bruising). You're not going to spend all day in the derma or all week in your bed after that.
Maiman says under-eye filling is non-invasive and has little or no downtime. You wouldn't judge someone because they need to take blood pressure medication, so think twice before imposing your views on filling on others. Is under-eye padding a good idea? Ultimately, it depends on your individual needs and goals.