Select Page

You may have heard of under-eye fillers as they have gained in popularity in recent years. It’s one of many cosmetic treatments that are designed to help counteract the signs of aging and restore a youthful appearance to your face, specifically around your eyes.

Because the skin in the area is quite thin and tends to get even thinner as you get older, you may experience a sunken appearance, as well as fine lines and wrinkles that can make you look and feel less than youthful.

The use of a dermal filler is an easy way to smooth those lines and help you look younger and fresher. However, the actual procedure isn’t right for everyone, so it’s a good idea to do your research before undergoing any kind of under-eye filler. Use this guide to help you understand how it works and when it’s a good option. 

Addressing Under Eye Hollows 

Free Person's Eye in Close Up Photography Stock Photo

Physical hollows under the eyes can be caused by genetics or lifestyle choices, but aging also plays a big role in their development. While there’s not much you can do when it comes to genetics, there are steps you can take, both in your lifestyle factors and with your skincare routine that can help minimize these hollows. One such choice is facial fillers. 

Hollows will make it look like the area below your lower eyelid has sunken, which can result in volume loss, which makes itself known by creating dark circles or bags under your eyes. Many people find themselves self-conscious about their under-eye area as they get older because it does detract from your youthful appearance, but can also make you look tired and unhealthy. 

Aging is one cause of dark hollows under the eye, but sun exposure, poor diet, stress and smoking can also contribute. As your skin ages and becomes thinner, coupled with the loss of volume, the blood vessels become more pronounced. This is what gives the area its darker appearance, creating the hollow effect. 

Treating the Under Eye Area

Dermal fillers are a top choice among people looking to plump the area and fill in the hollows. An under-eye filler treatment works by increasing the volume in the delicate skin under your eyes, which lessens the appearance of blood vessels and helps eliminate the shadow effect that creates the hollows.

By combining your fillers with other eye treatments, you can enhance the effects. Try laser resurfacing or a chemical peel, both of which work by boosting collagen production in the area, which adds to the plumping effect, as well as increasing healthy skin cell turnover and can also smooth wrinkles in the area around your eyes.

The type of filler and other treatments that are best for you depend on your goals, your skin type, your general health, and other factors. Your aesthetic physician can help you decide the best course of action for your eyes and face. 

Under Eye Fillers Explained

What are under-eye fillers? They are very similar to any kind of dermal filler treatment. They are one of the most effective cosmetic procedures for treating the skin on your face and turning back the hands of time. Sometimes called tear trough fillers, under-eye fillers are designed specifically for the skin under your eyes and the procedure typically helps eliminate the appearance of wrinkles, dark circles and hollows in the area. 

Typically the treatment involves using a hyaluronic acid filler, which boosts hydration, which in turn plumps the skin. Your body naturally produces hyaluronic acid, but that declines as you get older, so a filler can mimic the substance and restore your youthful look. The fillers are injected directly into the under-eye area, making it an effective option if you want to look younger and get rid of those dreaded hollows. 

Under-eye fillers are considered a non-invasive cosmetic treatment and can be done easily in our office in about 10 minutes. There’s very little recovery time necessary and you can likely return to your normal daily activities soon after the treatment. The risk of adverse effects, including an allergic reaction,  is small, but you may experience some amount of bruising or swelling, which should subside in a few days. 

Not everyone is a good candidate for under-eye fillers. If you have a bleeding disorder, take any kind of blood thinners, are allergic to any of the filler ingredients, or are pregnant or breastfeeding, dermal eye fillers might not be right for you. If any of these conditions apply to you, talk to your doctor before going ahead with a dermal filler treatment session. 

Why are Under Eye Fillers a Good Idea? 

person holding white and black pen under-eye filler

There are many reasons why someone might choose injectable treatments for the under-eye area. The most common is as a tear trough treatment for making a person’s face look younger, healthier, and more well-rested. By stimulating collagen production, dermal fillers in the area can plump the volume, erase wrinkles, smooth the skin and lighten dark spots in the hollows under your eyes. While anti-aging is the most common reason patients seek fillers, it’s not the only one. 

Others may seek fillers under the eye to help create symmetry in the face or to treat acne scars or facial folds. Because the treatment is non-invasive and effective, fillers are the ideal option for many patients who want to look younger, fresher and healthier. 

It’s a good idea to weigh the pros and cons of dermal fillers before making the choice to undergo the procedure. There are plenty of advantages, but also a few disadvantages and it may not be the right choice for everyone. Talk over the procedure with your surgeon so that you are fully aware of what to expect.

It’s also important to follow post-treatment instructions very carefully to produce the best, most natural-looking results and lower the risk of potential drawbacks. 

Ingredients in Under Eye Fillers

As you are doing your research about fillers for your under-eye area, it’s a good idea to be familiar with what’s in them. As mentioned above, the most common ingredient is hyaluronic acid, which is well known for its hydrating benefits. Often, fillers contain a synthetic version of the ingredient, which produces the same effects as its naturally produced counterpart. Hyaluronic acid has a low risk of side effects and allergic reactions. 

In some cases, a different ingredient may be in the filler you choose. That might be poly-L-lactic acid or calcium hydroxyapatite, both of which can be used to smooth wrinkles and plump the area around the eyes. However, these are not the best options to be used in the delicate under eye area. Your surgeon can help you determine which one is the best option for your skin type and your skincare goals. 

Are They Safe?

Eye fillers are generally considered safe for most patients, provided a licensed and experienced injector performs the treatment. Be sure you understand the potential risks before undergoing the procedure. These may include infections, tissue death or blindness. And keep in mind that you may experience swelling and bruising as natural side effects of dermal fillers. 

How Long Do Fillers Last?

There are many factors that play a role in how long your fillers last. There are several types of fillers and the one you choose can affect how long it lasts. In addition, your metabolism and the amount of filler injected can also factor into the end results. Typical hyaluronic acid fillers will last for six to 24 months. You might notice that some of them last even longer. Talk to your cosmetic doctor about the longevity potential for the filler options you’re considering. 

Natural Remedies to Complement Fillers 

Free Woman in White Tank Top Getting a Face Treatment Stock Photo under-eye filler

In addition to fillers around the eyes, you can also make changes to your lifestyle that can help get rid of under-eye hollows, blur lines and wrinkles and help you look healthier and younger. One of the best ways to address your eye concerns is to get the recommended number of hours of sleep each night, which is seven to nine for most adults. Sleep is when your body repairs and recovers so skimping on your shut-eye can contribute to the signs of aging on your face. 

Drinking plenty of water is another good way to keep your skin looking healthy and plumped up. That’s because when you are well hydrated, your skin looks younger and fresher. You might also consider using an ice pack or a cold compress as a quick way to reduce the appearance of dark circles and bags under your eyes. 

Avoiding or limiting caffeine and alcohol is another important step. Both substances can be dehydrating and too much of either can leave your skin looking dull and lifeless. At the same time, making healthy dietary choices is also vital. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and whole grains, all of which contain antioxidants that encourage healthy skin cells. Fish oil is another great addition to your healthcare routine as it plays a role in healthy skin by keeping it hydrated and nourished.

Skincare products can also be used to complement the effects of under-eye dermal fillers. You can find hyaluronic acid in many topical products, including dark circle eye cream and other serums, moisturizers and creams for the face. You might also find facial masks that can stimulate the production of collagen and contribute to a filled-out effect in your eye area. The bottom line is that using the right skincare products and taking good care of your entire body can help you hold on to your youthful appearance and keep hollows from making an appearance. 

If you’re ready to love what you see in the mirror, it’s time to contact the Z Center for Cosmetic Health for a personal consultation with an expert professional.