Tear trough fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm can replace volume loss in the tear trough hollows. These cosmetic injections re-volumize the under-eye area for a more youthful, refreshed look. The thin skin around the eyes loses fat as part of the natural aging process. This can cause puffy bags and indented shadows that look like dark circles. Under-eye fillers smooth out this fragile area, helping to create a more rested look. However, fillers do not correct eye puffiness that results from fat herniation, edema from allergies, or severe skin laxity. A surgical blepharoplasty is the preferred procedure of choice in these cases. Your doctor will access your tear trough and recommend the best treatment suited for you.
How do facial fillers work?
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is the best filler for eye bags and hollows because it’s a biocompatible material that our bodies produce naturally. Products like Restylane and Juvederm are popular HA-based facial fillers. They have a smaller molecular structure that is easily manipulated for natural-looking improvements. However, while dermal filler can improve the look of mild to moderate under-eye bags and puffiness, it cannot correct large, fluid-filled bags or dark circles caused by pigmentation.
Conservative injections for optimal results
A conservative approach is always recommended when injecting filler around the eyes. Too much filler will create an unnatural look. While the area is visibly plumped after the first injection, we advise a follow-up appointment in 10-14 days. In this way, we can do touch-ups where needed to achieve optimal results.
What happens during the procedure?
A topical numbing agent is applied and left to sit on the skin for 30 minutes. Once the skin is numbed, the hyaluronic acid filler is injected with a cannula or small needle. It is perfectly normal to feel some pressure as the filler is injected. Juvederm and Restylane contain lidocaine which numbs and constricts blood vessels. After the injection, a light massage over the skin helps to settle and smooth the gel-like filler.
Under-eye filler can last more than a year
Under-eye filler generally lasts nine months to a year and sometimes longer. Because the under-eye area has less movement than the mouth or the cheeks, it usually lasts longer. Everyone metabolizes hyaluronic acid at different rates so the duration can vary from patient to patient. During your Dallas dermatology appointment, your doctor will recommend a timeline for follow-up treatments to maintain results.
When will I see the results?
You will start to see improvements in texture and volume right away, with continued improvements over the following two weeks as the filler begins to settle. In addition, shadows caused by slight indentations are minimized, producing a brighter under-eye area.
There is no downtime involved
There is no need to take time off work after getting under eye filler. While mild swelling and bruising may occur, these side effects resolve within a few days. Cold compresses can help with inflammation.
Freshen up your look without surgery
At Dallas Dermatology Partners, our board-certified dermatologists have extensive knowledge of facial anatomy. We believe subtle improvements yield a more natural result, and we always take a conservative approach when doing facial filler treatments. Say goodbye to under-eye bags that can make you look tired and older than your actual years. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.