Filler for under eye puffiness: A great idea, but only if you're the right candidate.
Are you tired of waking up to puffy under-eye bags that make you look exhausted, regardless of how well-rested you are?
Well, there's good news!
Cosmetic fillers can be a game-changer when it comes to combating under-eye puffiness.
But, beware, it's only helpful for certain cases. See if this applies to you.
In this article, we'll explore how it works, what causes this type of puffiness, who should avoid them, potential side effects,and the approximate cost associated with this treatment.
When the area near the inner eye (tear trough area) loses volume or becomes sunken, it creates a deep hollow or depression, sometimes referred to as tear trough deformity.
The hollowing casts a shadow or indentation in the inner corners of the eyes, giving the appearance of bags, even though there is no swelling, puffiness, or excess fat pads.
Tear trough fillers are injected into this area, filling up the hollow, restoring volume and reducing the look of puffiness. This creates a rejuvenated, contoured look.
The tear trough fillers used for this purpose are typically made of hyaluronic acid. The procedure is minimally invasive and can provide temporary results, lasting several months to a year.
Tear trough hollowing can be caused by various factors, including:
1. Bone structure change: As we age, the shape and structure of facial bones change and shift. Eye sockets become elongate, which can cause a hollowing or depressed appearance. Learn how bone changes can also affect the signs of facial aging.
2. Skin elasticity: As we age, the skin and soft tissues in the under-eye area naturally lose volume and elasticity. This can lead to a sunken or hollow appearance of the tear troughs.
3. Fat and tissue loss: Loss of fat pads and collagen in the under-eye area can result in a loss of volume and create a hollowed appearance.
4. Genetics: Some individuals may be genetically predisposed to having more prominent tear troughs or thinner skin in that area, which can contribute to the hollowing effect.
5. Lifestyle factors: Certain lifestyle habits such as smoking, poor diet, lack of sleep, and excessive sun exposure can accelerate the aging process and contribute to tear trough hollowing.
According to Dr. Amir Karam, MD, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon specializing in facial rejuvenation, under-eye filler works best to treat classic tear trough deformity, which is characterized by hollowing in the inner corner of the eye.
However, if you have prominent bags or puffiness caused by deposits of fat that extend beyond the inner eye area, malar oedema, festoons, then tear trough filler is not a good choice.
Tear trough injections are not appropriate for those with:
Adding filler (which can draw water to the area) will only make the puffiness worse.
In situations where excess under-eye fat is the primary cause of puffiness, alternative treatments may be more appropriate.
These may include:
A qualified medical professional can accurately diagnose the underlying cause of your under-eye puffiness and recommend the best treatment option for you.
Both Restylane and Juvéderm are popular and widely used hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers for under-eye treatments.
The choice between the two depends on various factors, including the individual's specific needs, the expertise of the provider, and personal preference.
Restylane and Juvéderm have slightly different formulations and consistencies, with varying gel thickness and durability.
Some doctors may prefer the smoother texture and spreadability of Restylane, while others may find Juvéderm to be more suitable for their needs.
Ultimately, the decision on which filler is better for under-eye puffiness due to tear trough deformities should be made in consultation with a qualified and experienced professional.
They can evaluate your unique situation, discuss your goals, and recommend the most appropriate filler based on their expertise and your individual needs.
Many people who had this procedure are extremely happy with the results. It's non-invasive, quick, and results are seen immediately.
But, it's important that you are the right candidate. A qualified medical professional will be able to determine that.
It's also essential that your injector is skilled and has experience with this type of procedure.
Side effects and complications are possible. They include:
Swelling: Improper tear trough filler placement can cause swelling under the eyes or in the mid-cheek area. This happens if it's injected above the orbicularis retaining ligament or too close to the skin surface, attracting water and causing under-eye swelling.
Tyndall Effect: If the wrong filler is used and the particles are large or densely packed, they can scatter light, leading to a bluish tint visible through the skin. This can happen if the injection was placed too superficially.
Over-filling: Excessive tear trough filler can cause puffiness or lumps. When too much filler is used, the area may appear swollen or have noticeable bumps, especially when smiling or viewed from above.
Darker Eye Circles: Fillers may not be suitable for dark-skinned individuals with dark circle concerns. If your dark circles are caused by darker pigmentation in your skin, fillers could potentially accentuate them.
Necrosis or vision loss: This is very rare, but possible. That's why it's important to find a qualified provider.
The duration of results for under-eye fillers can vary depending on several factors, including the type of filler used, individual metabolism, and the area being treated.
However, in general:
1. Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, such as Restylane and Juvederm, typically last around 9 to 12 months.
2. Fillers like Radiesse, which are made from calcium hydroxylapatite, can provide results that last up to 12 to 18 months.
3. Sculptra, a poly-L-lactic acid filler, stimulates collagen production and can offer results that last up to 2 years or more.
Juvederm and Restylane are the most common fillers used around the eyes.
The cost of dermal injection treatments for under-eye puffiness can
vary depending on the location, the experience, and reputation of the medical professional, and the amount of filler
On average, the cost ranges from $500 to $1,500 per syringe. And, the treatments will need to be repeated around every six -12 months.
Under-eye puffiness can be a frustrating issue, but if it's due to tear trough issues, then cosmetic injections can help.
These volumizing treatments effectively reduce hollows and restore lost volume, resulting in a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance.
You can also consider serums to help temporarily mask the look of puffiness. See results and before and after pictures here to see if this option might work for you.
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