A complete guide to under-eye fillers

A complete guide to under-eye fillers

First impressions are everything. Science says that it takes between 5 to 15 seconds for a person to form an impression of someone. But what exactly can you perceive in such a short span of time? One of the most prominent features of the human figure are the eyes. However, they’re also the least maintained sensory organs and so, they are among the first to show the effects of aging. These effects are unappealing and give a tired look round-the-clock. Is that really a good first impression?

Why do you need under-eye filler?

With age, the skin under the eyes becomes paler and thinner. It gradually loses shape and volume. Under-eye hollows, also known as tear troughs, are identified by dark circles, deep indentations and a tired appearance around the under-eye area. The root cause of this change is the lack of proper fat tissues. As the body becomes older, its ability to generate collagen and elastin decreases. This causes the area under the eye to lose its volume and shape, resulting in baggy eyes. Another reason for under-eye hollows is bone loss. As scary as it sounds, the phenomenon is actually quite common. Around the periorbital areas, also known as eye sockets, bone loss has a noticeable effect. Over the age of 35, the number of bone-regenerating cells in the face depletes at a significant rate. Gradually, the bone at the eyes’ perimeter starts widening, resulting in eye hollows and flattened cheeks. With time, wrinkles and folds appear as our tissues become too large for the underlying bones.

What is under-eye filler?

As stated by Dr. Michele Farber of Schweiger Dermatology Group, “Under-eye fillers are a very common solution. Anyone with dark circles, hollowing, or a chronically tired look will benefit from careful plumping with under-eye fillers.” Hyaluronic acid, also called hyaluronan, is a naturally occurring substance in the skin, connective tissues and the eyes. Identified by its clear and gooey appearance, it retains water in the tissues to keep them well lubricated and moist. It also has multiple skin benefits, like rejuvenating dry skin and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. As an under-eye filler, Hyaluronic acid is injected in the targeted area. This accelerates the formation of thicker fat pads under the skin, giving a well-rested and brighter appearance.

Although many other inject able substances may be used as under-eye filler, Hyaluronic acid has an edge over others since it works in the body’s natural processes. It blends into the surrounding area and creates a natural effect under the eyes.

What is the procedure of under-eye filler?

Here’s a general breakdown of the procedure:

  1. The targeted area will be marked and sterilized with a cleansing fluid.
  2. Numbing cream will be applied to the area. It will be absorbed by the skin in a few minutes. 
  3. An injection will be used to pierce the skin. The filler will be unloaded into the area through this needle.
  4. Multiple injections may be required under each eye. In the case of linear threading, the appearance medicine specialist will inject a tunnel of filler into the targeted area, while slowly withdrawing the needle.
  5. The filler will be smoothed into place.

While the majority of the patients do not report any kind of pain experienced during the process, there’s always a psychological fear of inserting needles that close to your eye. Some might feel a slight prick and/or mild discomfort. 

Since this is a completely harmless and non-surgical process, the entire procedure takes only 5 to 20 minutes. However, for such a fast procedure, the effects last for 9-12 months, which makes it an extremely appealing treatment!

Recovery Period for Under Eye Treatment:

The recovery period, although not intricate, should be completed with caution with the following protocol:

  • Post-procedure, ice packs must be applied to the treated area.
  • Temporary redness, bruising or swelling can be observed. These side effects disappear soon and an ice pack is prescribed to avoid them.
  • A few follow-up appointments are preferred to assess the area and determine further need of additional fillers. If needed, more injections will be recommended – future injections over a period of weeks or months may also be recommended.

Who is a good candidate for under-eye filler?

Aging causes under-eye hollows. But is everybody a good candidate for under-eye filler?

  • Under-eye filler works best for people with tear troughs due to genetic reasons as opposed to lifestyle factors.
  • Smokers should be cautious as smoking can disturb the healing process in the body.
  • Under-eye fillers are not advised for pregnant and breastfeeding women due to incomplete testing done in the field.

Important note: Currently, Teoxane Redensity 2 is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the under-eye area. 

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