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  • Writer's pictureLucy Dewhurst

Unlocking the Secrets of Under-Eye Filler: How this treatment may not be the ideal solution for you.

The under-eye area is often the first to show signs of ageing and fatigue, a common concern shared by both men and women. Dark circles, under-eye hollows, crepey skin and eye bags are just a few examples of issues that can prematurely age your appearance. 


Under-eye dermal fillers are a popular non-surgical solution to revitalise and rejuvenate your look. However, it's crucial to remember that dermal fillers may not always be the perfect fix for under-eye issues.


In this blog, we will focus on the delicate under-eye area, shedding light on under-eye fillers, their benefits and when they may not be the ideal choice or when other options might be more suitable.


The Under-eye: 

The skin around the eyes is thin and fragile, making it particularly susceptible to the signs of ageing. As we age, the loss of elastin and collagen, two essential proteins for skin elasticity, contribute to the skin losing its firmness and smoothness. 


Dark circles, under-eye hollows, crepey skin, and eye bags can not only make us look tired but also affect how we perceive our own attractiveness. Fortunately, advancements in aesthetic medicine provide a range of non-surgical solutions to rejuvenate the under-eye area.


Under-Eye Filler: When is this recommended?

Under-eye fillers, also known as tear trough fillers, are a popular and conventional method for addressing under-eye concerns. By injecting small amounts of hyaluronic acid fillers into depleted areas of the skin, these fillers restore lost volume, lift sagging skin, and smooth out wrinkles. This treatment can effectively improve the appearance of sunken or hollow areas around the eyes.


Dark circles however are often due to genetics and skin tone. The under-eye area can look purple or bluish because the skin there is so thin and translucent that you can easily see the underlying veins. It can be more apparent in people with fair skin. When darkness under the eyes is the result of pigmentation or diminished skin quality tear trough fillers are not going to be effective. 


What if under-eye fillers aren't right for me?

There are now a wide range of advanced aesthetic treatments available to effectively treat dark circles that are not a result of under-eye hollowing.


Polynucleotides are a form of regenerative medicine that stimulate cell repair and rejuvenation, prompting the development of healthier skin cells. Polynucleotide injections effectively reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin. By stimulating collagen and elastin production, they restore the skin’s elasticity, hydration, firmness and texture to effectively reduce pigmentation.


Using polynucleotides under the eyes can be a highly effective way to address dark circles caused by pigmentation. Additionally, as polynucleotides encourage the body's natural rejuvenation processes, skin health and quality can continue to improve for months after treatment.


During your medical consultation, I will assess your skin quality and unique needs to offer the best treatment for you. This may involve recommending a single treatment solution or a combination of methods.


Common questions about dermal fillers 


What happens during your under-eye filler treatment? 

Before treatment, you will have an initial consultation. During your consultation I will create a bespoke treatment plan to meet your needs. This plan will ensure that results blend seamlessly with your natural facial structure.


During treatment, topical numbing cream will be applied to the injection sites and the filler also contains local aesthetic for a relatively pain-free procedure. I prefer to inject under the eyes with a blunt-tipped cannula (instead of a needle) because it requires only one entry point to reach all the areas beneath the skin. This reduces the risk of bruising, swelling, and complications. You will usually have purplish dot at the cannula’s entry point made by a single needle puncture for about a week, which can easily be hidden with makeup. 


After tear trough filler treatment, you will be able to see immediate results. It is important to remember that natural side effects will occur after the procedure. This includes mild swelling and bruising around the injection area, which may affect the appearance post-treatment.


Remember that swelling and bruising are completely normal and will reduce over the following weeks. Typically, you can expect to see the final and enhanced look 2 to 3 weeks after the treatment.


What aftercare is required? 

You can usually return to daily life straight after receiving tear trough filler. You may have some temporary redness, bruising or swelling, but this is minimal and can be easily covered with makeup.


How long do under-eye fillers last?

Results can last between nine months and two years. Under-eye fillers are not permanent and can also be removed if necessary. Your body naturally breaks down hyaluronic acid fillers just as it breaks down native hyaluronic acid, so it gradually disappears in a very natural way.


Can under-eye fillers and polynucleotides be used together?

Polynucleotides and dermal fillers are highly effective standalone treatments. They can also be combined in certain instances. Polynucleotides help to improve the overall quality of your skin. This can help to prepare the skin for dermal fillers and improve the overall results. Results are also more likely to last longer.


Are you ready to rejuvenate your under-eye area? 

From dermal fillers to polynucleotides and beyond, I offer a range of non-invasive procedures tailored to enhance the beauty of your under-eye region. 

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