dermal fillers under eyes

Dermal Fillers Under Your Eyes: How Do They Work?

Using dermal fillers under your eyes is a common way to help reduce the appearance of dark circles and bags. In fact, dermal fillers, also known as facial fillers, are the second most common cosmetic procedure in the United States. While most people tend to think of lip filler when they think of facial fillers, there are many uses for dermal fillers. Today we’ll focus on dermal fillers for the under eye area. 

Can You Get Dermal Fillers Under Your Eyes?

Yes, you can get dermal fillers under your eyes. The most common type of dermal filler used in the under eye area is hyaluronic acid fillers. Although hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by your body, hyaluronic acid fillers are made from a synthetic gel. Hyaluronic acid fillers have not only been shown to support collagen production in the skin, but are also considered one of the types of fillers to give you the most natural look.

Can Dermal Fillers Target Dark Circles Under Your Eyes?

Yes, dermal fillers can target under eye circles if they are caused by volume loss (not pigmentation). But that’s not all they can do. Dermal fillers also help pump the under-eye area and can lift the eyebrow. All of these results create a more youthful appearance. 

How Do Dermal Fillers Under the Eyes Work?

The answer is pretty simple. The gel-like substance found in fillers helps to plump your skin from the inside out, smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles and minimizing tear troughs under the eye. 

The procedure is just as simple. Your dermal filler appointment will start with a topical anesthetic to help make injections less daunting. Once you’re numb, your dermatologist will inject the dermal fillers into the skin under your eyes. Although a topical anesthetic is used, many people notice slight pressure on the orbital bone. Most dermal filler procedures last less than 30 minutes.

You may see results immediately with dermal fillers and experience no down time. Though some people do report slight swelling or bruising. To help decrease the chance of these side effects, apply a cold compress to the injection sites. 

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last Under Eyes? 

There are many factors that can affect how long dermal fillers last under your eyes. The number one factor that will affect how long your dermal filler lasts is the quality of the product used during the procedure. There are different types of filler and the one your dermatologist chooses is based on the area being treated, your characteristics, and the look you’re hoping to achieve. 

Dermal fillers used to smooth wrinkles typically last six to twelve months. But people who get dermal fillers to treat areas with less movement, like under the eyes, tend to see filler last longer over people who have filler in areas with a lot of movement, such as their mouths. 

Two proven brands – Restylane® and Belotero Balance® – are used here at Vujevich Dermatology Associates for dermal fillers under eyes. Restylane® was the first hyaluronic acid filler introduced in the United States back in 2003 and is commonly used for under eye hollows (your tear troughs). Restylane Refyne® and Defyne® are newer fillers that are meant to be more pliable and move with you and your facial expressions, which are sometimes used under the eye as well.

Belotero Balance® is a thin, smooth filler that can be placed high in the skin without appearing lumpy. This means it’s perfect for the under eye area. While a common choice now, it was the first of its kind when it was introduced in 2012. 

What Happens When You Stop Using Dermal Fillers?

When dermal fillers are injected by trained professionals, there is little to worry about, including what happens if you stop using dermal fillers. Dermal fillers made of hyaluronic acid, which we use here at Vujevich Dermatology Associates, are easily broken down by the body. This means the areas with dermal fillers will gradually lose volume over time rather than a sudden change in appearance.

Who is a Good Candidate For Dermal Fillers Under Eyes?

You can be considered a good candidate for dermal fillers if you are healthy with no underlying conditions that could affect healing. If you have an autoimmune disorder, consult with your dermatologist before a dermal filler procedure. We recommend against dermal fillers if you are nursing or pregnant.

Although dermal fillers under your eyes are common in cosmetic dermatology, we believe that the experience and skill of your provider is important. Here at Vujevich Dermatology Associates, your dermal filler appointment will only be performed by one of our expertly trained physicians or our highly skilled nurse practitioner, Lisa Barba, CRNP.

If you’re interested in discussing if dermal fillers under your eyes is the right cosmetic procedure for you, schedule an appointment with our expert team. You can reach our team at 412-429-2570 or visit our contact page to book your appointment. You can also follow us on Facebook to see what’s new in the world of dermatology. 

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