An individual may be considering under-eye filler if they are concerned with under-eye hollowing, tear troughs and/or under-eye bags. Both men and women suffer from under-eye hollows or bags, which can make them appear tired, sad, older or even sick. The under-eye area is very delicate and requires an experienced injector when it comes to any treatment in this area. Here is some information on what to expect with an under-eye filler procedure.
When under-eye filler is injected it plumps and adds life back to the under-eyes. Our providers typically prefer Restylane for this area. Restylane lasts approximately 9-12 months and is a hyaluronic acid filler that has been proven to be a safe and effective under-eye treatment. Restylane is hydrophilic, which means it doesn’t attract as much water as Juvederm products, therefore there is less chance of swelling. A 1.0 mL syringe of Restylane costs $600 and is typically a good amount of filler to start with.
Following an initial consultation, treatment can be performed at the same visit. The under-eye area is numbed using local anesthesia which begins to work immediately. When performing this procedure, our providers typically use a cannula. The use of a cannula minimizes bruising, swelling and because they are blunt, it reduces the risk of piercing through an artery or vein.
Just like any injectable treatment there can be risks or complications when treating the under-eye area. In some cases, puffiness under the eyes can be made to look even worse or cause, what is called, a “tyndall effect” where a bluish tint can be seen under the eyes. To reduce the risks of complications we recommend seeing an experienced, knowledgeable provider who performs this treatment often.
After treatment, the patient may feel a little tenderness in the under-eye area. Ice packs are given and we recommend icing the treated areas with light pressure immediately after treatment. Tenderness, swelling and/or bruising will resolve on its own within a few days after treatment.
We recommend coming in to meet with one of our providers who will discuss your concerns and will make appropriate recommendations according to your individual needs.