When it comes to aging, hollowing is one of the most dramatic effects. At first, it is subtle and affects areas such as the under eyes and temples that do not carry much volume on the face. Due to this, the under eyes can take on a permanently dark and tired look. Occasionally, bags may also form. Thankfully, most patients do not need to seek surgery to address this. Dermal fillers can help brighten up and fill in the area. Sarasota Surgical Arts offers the best under eye filler Sarasota provides.
Dermal fillers are used to fill in facial hollows and augment certain features. The under eyes are among one of the first places to experience noticeable hollowing on the face. Additionally, some people are genetically predisposed to have sunken or dark under eyes. Filler can often correct this as well.
Since the surgical options are limited and only treat surface skin, the filler is often one of the best treatments. Dr. Sessa or your provider will recommend the right treatment path based on your needs, anatomy, and situation.
The under eye area–also called the tear troughs–follows the curve of the orbital bone and constitutes the space between the eye and cheekbones. This space contains some structures including bones and muscle. However, there is a natural space known as the preseptal space. Over time, aging can cause fat loss and thinning skin which leads to a hollower, aged appearance. Some people may also naturally have eye hollows.
The skin of the under eyes is among the thinnest on the face. Therefore, this accentuates the hollowness. This is also why sinus infections or exhaustion can worsen the look of the under eyes. Dermal fillers can help fill in this area for a brighter, fuller, and oftentimes, younger appearance.
Tear trough filler offers many benefits for people experiencing hollowness or aging in the under eyes. Some of the benefits of tear trough fillers include:
For the under eye area, hyaluronic acid filler is generally recommended because the filler is injected close to the eye. While it is risky that complications occur, most injectors prefer using hyaluronic acid fillers to minimize risk. Therefore, the most popular fillers for the under eye are Restylane and Juvederm.
Restylane and Juvederm are both hyaluronic acid filler brands. While similar products, some small differences can make a difference when deciding the right filler for your under eyes. Your injector can help determine the right filler for you.
Restylane fillers are generally formulated for a specific part of the body. For example, Restylane Kysse is a dedicated lip filler while Restylane Contour is meant specifically for the cheeks. When it comes to the under eyes, there is no specific filler at the moment, since under eye filler is usually an off-label use.
The most popular Restylane fillers for the under eye area are Restylane L, Restylane Lyft, and Restylane Defyne. Restylane L is a thinner filler, but is easy to manipulate into the ideal shape and position. It also works well in the under eyes because under eye filler is less affected by facial movements than other areas such as the lips.
Juvederm fillers tend to have a smoother and thicker feel than most Restylane fillers. They are great for facial augmentation. Juvederm Volbella is FDA approved for use in the under eyes. It is a great option for providing natural looking results. Other Juvederm dermal fillers may be used off-label in the under eyes.
While Restylane excels when it comes to lip and hand filler, Juvederm is often touted as a better wrinkle and fine line filler. When it comes to the under eyes, both are on fairly even ground. Choosing between them will likely come down to your specific anatomy, aesthetic goals, and preferences.
Before undergoing tear trough filler injections in Sarasota, you will meet with a qualified provider. They will want to know about your concerns and goal for your filler procedure. From there they may ask about your medical history and lifestyle, such as known allergies and if you smoke. Finally, they may examine the area to determine skin quality and potential causes of the hollowness.
If your provider believes you are a good candidate for under eye fillers, they will discuss your options with you. While it is most likely you will receive hyaluronic acid filler, there are rare cases where your provider may recommend a fat transfer. Injectors rarely use semi-permanent fillers like Radiesse under the eyes. After you and your provider decide on the right filler, your provider may be able to proceed with treatment the same day.
First, your provider will disinfect the under eyes. They may also apply numbing cream to ensure comfort during the injections. After ten minutes or so, they will remove the numbing agent and proceed with the injections. Using either a needle or cannula, they will insert the filler into the under eyes.
Depending on your anatomy and the results you want, there may be more than one injection site. Generally, the injections themselves do not take more than ten or fifteen minutes. Along with the numbing cream, most hyaluronic acid fillers contain lidocaine to ease discomfort.
Once the filler is injected, your provider may gently massage the area to help the filler move into the correct position. They will also clean up any pinprick bleeding that may occur. Sometimes ice is applied after treatment.
Caring for your tear trough filler correctly during healing will help prevent and treat side effects and promote longer lasting results. While instructions may vary slightly, under eye filler aftercare directions often consist of:
Under eye filler is largely considered safe when seeing a qualified and trained provider. Like all filler injections, under eye filler comes with associated risks. The biggest risk includes those to the eye which is why hyaluronic acid fillers are preferred because they can quickly be reversed and limit the risk of complications.
A typical under eye filler injection is just as safe as any other filler procedure. If you have certain medical conditions or situations that may put you at higher risk, your provider may recommend an alternative treatment.
Depending on the concerns you have and several other factors, there are alternatives to under eye filler. Some of the most popular options include:
The right treatment is decided based upon your needs, anatomy, age, medical history, and countless other factors. Your provider can discuss all of your options with you to help you determine the best one.
There may be some slight discomfort or pain associated with tear trough filler. However, numbing cream is used to numb the skin and most hyaluronic acid fillers have lidocaine to help minimize pain. Patients often tolerate under eye injections without too much pain.
The Tyndall Effect is a harmless condition where the filler is visible under the skin and causes a blueish tint. It can occur anywhere filler is injected, but due to the especially thin skin under the eyes, the Tyndall Effect is most common there. If it happens, your injector will likely dissolve the filler and reinject deeper to prevent it.
Bruising is a possible side effect of under eye filler. Not every patient will experience bruising, but if you do, it should go away within two weeks. Dr. Sessa takes precautions to avoid bruising, but sometimes it still occurs.
If you know that you are prone to bruising after injections, avoid caffeine the day of your injections, limit or cease the use of blood thinning medications or supplements, and follow your aftercare instructions.
The exact cost of under eye filler will depend on how many syringes of filler your provider uses and the type of filler used. You find the starting price for our fillers on our price list.
Sarasota Surgical Arts is a leading cosmetic surgery clinic in Sarasota, Florida. Offering both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic services, they help patients from all around Florida, the United States, and the world reach their aesthetic goals. They have served the community for over a decade. Sarasota Surgical Arts provides the best under eye filler Sarasota offers.
Dr. Alberico Sessa is an accomplished cosmetic surgeon who specializes in both surgical and non-surgical procedures. He evaluates each patient as an individual to create a treatment plan exclusive to them. This may include both surgical and non-surgical procedures.