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Under Eye Fillers: What It Is, Types, Benefits, & Suitable Candidates

Written by an Expert Aesthetic Content Writer Lisa.
Reviewed by Expert Medical Director Dr. Raj Thethi
Published on: July 2, 2024
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Under-eye fillers have become famous for treating dark circles, puffiness, and hollows under the eyes. 

If you have tried all the makeup hacks and home remedies for under-eye hollows or dark circles but still cannot hide them, under-eye fillers may suit you. Before considering them, knowing all the ins and outs is good. This blog will walk you through every aspect you need to know about under-eye fillers. Let’s get into the details.

What Are Under Eye Fillers?

Under-eye fillers, or tear trough fillers, are injectable treatments that address dark circles, hollows, and wrinkles under the eyes. Ageing and certain lifestyle factors can lead to a loss of volume in this area, causing hollows under the eyes and thin and wrinkled skin.

Dark circles, hollowness, and wrinkles under the eyes can make you look tired and aged. When under eye fillers are injected, they fill these hollows and reduce the appearance of dark circles, resulting in a more youthful and refreshed look.

Types Of Fillers Under Eyes

Under-eye fillers are mostly composed of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the skin that maintains hydration and firmness. 

To get the desired results, your doctor may choose any of the following types of filers to inject under your eyes:

  • Hyaluronic acid-based fillers
  • Poly-L-lactic acid-based fillers
  • Calcium hydroxylapatite-based fillers
  • Autologous fat transfer fillers

Benefits & Side Effects 

Let’s discuss the benefits and side effects of under eye fillers

Benefits of Under Eye Filler:

Fillers under the eyes offer various benefits to those looking to rejuvenate their appearance. Here are some key benefits they provide:

benefits of under eye fillers

  • Restore under eye volume
  • Reduce the dark circles and hollows under the eyes
  • Smooth out under eye wrinkles and fine lines
  • Stimulates collagen production
  • Immediate  and natural-looking results
  • Non-surgical treatment
  • Reversible process

Side Effects of Under Eye Filler:

Like any other cosmetic treatment, under eye fillers have common side effects that resolve within a few days after treatment. They include:

  • Mild swelling
  • Bruising 
  • Redness at the injection site 

However, rare side effects include:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Lumps or bumps
  • Uneven under eye appearance
  • Infections

Your doctor will discuss all the common and potential side effects with you during the pre-treatment consultation.

Suitable Candidates For Fillers Under Eyes

The following individuals can be suitable candidates for under eye fillers:

  • Concerned about reducing dark circles, hollowing, or wrinkles under the eyes
  • Overall, sound in health
  • Have realistic expectations 
  • Willing to follow post-treatment care instructions

Your doctor can help determine if under-eye fillers suit your specific needs.

Note: Under-eye fillers are not yet recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Are They Safe?

Under-eye fillers are considered safe when administered by a qualified professional. Still, like any other procedure, there are potential risks. Common risks include mild swelling and bruising, usually resolved within a week. 

Improper placement can lead to issues like a bluish hue under the eyes. To minimise risks, it is crucial to choose a board-certified practitioner or cosmetic surgeon experienced in the procedure.

How To Prepare For An Under Eye Filler Treatment?

Now that you know the side effects, benefits, and safety, it’s time to explore the pre-treatment preparation. 

Here’s how to prepare

  • Consult a board-certified practitioner for a medical review.
  • Avoid medications that increase bruising risks a week before, such as blood thinning meds.
  • Avoid under eye fillers if pregnant or breastfeeding due to potential risks.
  • Stay hydrated and maintain a balanced lifestyle.
  • Follow the guidelines given by your doctor.

What Does An Under Eye Filler Procedure Look Like?

The under eye filler procedure may vary depending on the filler used. However, here is what you can expect during the treatment 

Consultation

It begins with a pre-treatment consultation, during which you discuss your goals. The doctor assesses your eyes, explains the procedure steps, and provides a recovery timeline.

Procedure

  1. Your doctor will mark and cleanse the injection area.
  2. Next, they will apply numbing cream under your eyes and allow time
  3. The filler will be injected precisely under the eye in targeted areas using a small needle or blunt-edged cannula.
  4. The number of needles used will vary depending on the amount of filler
  5. The practitioner may massage the area gently after injecting to smooth out the filer and achieve the desired results. 

Expect your procedure to be done within 15-30 minutes with minimal or no discomfort. Under-eye fillers can also be an immediate fix if you seek an answer to  the question, How to get rid of dark circles?

How To Take Care After Getting Fillers Under The Eyes?

Taking care after the under eye fillers is essential for optimal results and safe recovery. Follow  the following tips to ensure safe recovery:

Avoid heat and sun exposure after under eye fillers

  • Avoid touching the area.
  • Use cold compresses to reduce swelling.
  • Sleep with your head elevated.
  • Skip strenuous activities for 24 hours.
  • Avoid heat and sun exposure.
  • Be gentle with skincare around the eyes.
  • Attend follow-up appointments as scheduled.

Under Eye Filler Cost

The cost of under eye fillers can vary based on the type and amount of filler used, the provider’s expertise, and your geographical location. However, under eye filler costs may start from £450. 

How Long Does Under Eye Filler Last?

Fillers under eyes are not permanent as your body gradually dissolves them. The results last depending on the type of filler injected. Here is how long each type usually lasts:

  • Hyaluronic acid fillers: Last about 9 months to 1 year.
  • Calcium hydroxylapatite: From 12 to 18 months.
  • Poly-L-lactic acid: Up to 2 years.
  • Autologous fat transfer: May last up to 3 years

Choosing The Right Professional For Fillers Under Eyes

Choosing the right practitioner is crucial to get optimal results. Here are what points you should consider while selecting a professional to get your under eye fillers from:

  • Choose a board-certified professional
  • Prefer a clinical setting led by a Doctor
  • Check their experience with under eye fillers.
  • Read patient reviews and view before-and-after photos.
  • Schedule a consultation to discuss your goals and assess their approach
  • Make sure that they follow strict hygiene and use FDA approved products
  • Check if they offer transparent pricing

Conclusion

Under eye fillers offer a non-surgical solution to address concerns like dark circles and hollows with minimal downtime. When done by an expert professional, these fillers are safe. Still, they require careful consideration of potential risks and proper aftercare. Choosing a reputable provider makes a big difference. That is why a dermal filler Leeds may help. Follow the recommended guidelines by the doctor after the treatment to achieve refreshed and natural-looking results that enhance their overall appearance.

FAQs About Under Eye Fillers

Is under eye filler treatment painful?

The under-eye filler procedure is usually non-painful because a local anaesthetic cream is applied to ensure comfort. However, patients report mild discomfort.

Are under eye fillers good?

Under-eye fillers, administered by an expert, can smooth out under-eye volume and reduce dark circles.

How do you plump under the eye without fillers?

Eye creams with hyaluronic acid, squalene, and avocado oil can moisturise and plump the skin under the eyes.

Do under eye fillers look natural?

When done correctly, under-eye fillers provide a naturally refreshed look using hyaluronic acid-based fillers.

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Dr. Raj Thethi

Yorkshire Skin Centre in Leeds is a CQC-registered medical clinic. It is led by Dr Raj Thethi who completed his core surgical training in hospitals around West Yorkshire before branching into aesthetics. Dr Raj Thethi is a Northern Territory Regional Expert for an international dermal filler company called Teoxane. He also sits on their National UK Faculty.

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