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Side Effects of Under-Eye Fillers

The eyes are one of the most age-revealing features on the face. In the corners, fine wrinkles and shadows can form under the lower lids, which can make you look tired or worn out. While the region under your eyes can be covered with concealer, it can get tiring to apply this everyday. A good option is consulting a dermatologist about getting under-eye fillers. However, before getting these treatments, you have to know if there are any drawbacks that come with them..

So do under-eye fillers come with side effects? Yes, they do. Just like many other types of face fillers, you may encounter some bruising, swelling, and hyperpigmentation that will resolve in time. Other side effects include lumps or bloating on the skin, as well as discoloration. Make sure to consult with a trusted provider to achieve the results that you want, and avoid unnecessary complications.

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Side Effects and Complications

Because the eyelid skin and adjacent parts of the face are so delicate, under-eye rejuvenation may not be suitable for every patient. Moreover, due to the delicate and complex anatomy around the eyes, not every injector is equipped with the extensive technical experience required to perform this treatment properly and successfully.

It’s really important to choose the right practitioner to give you under-eye fillers. If you feel confident about the provider you chose, then you can proceed with your treatment. However, regardless of how skilled your aesthetician is, there are still a few temporary side effects and complications you should be aware of.

1) Bruising and Swelling

One of the most common negative effects of hyaluronic acid injections, a common ingredient in dermal fillers, is bruising. According to a University of California study, some studies have revealed that bruising occurred in 19-24% of patients, while other studies estimate that the rate may be as high as 68%.

Another common complication of under-eye filler injections is extended swelling, which can result in an unnatural or “overdone” appearance, which can be extremely upsetting.

Both bruising and swelling usually go away within a few days for most people. Arnica cream may be recommended by your doctor to help decrease bruising and discolouration.

2) Hyperpigmentation

Because of how the skin reacts to trauma, there is also a chance that the therapy will produce hyperpigmentation (darker patches of skin). People with darker skin are more likely to develop hyperpigmentation, according to a study published in Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology.

3) Irregularities

A superficial application of the filler on either the top of the muscle layer or right in the skin can cause bloating or lumps on the skin. But there’s no need to worry because these issues should resolve within a few days. 

However, they may persist if not injected correctly. If this is the case, you should contact a trusted doctor or aesthetician. Hyaluronidase is typically used to safely and properly dissolve hyaluronic acid fillers and reverse the unwanted results.

4) Discoloration (Tyndall Effect)

Some patients who have had hyaluronic acid face fillers injected into an area may experience the Tyndall effect or Rayleigh scattering. The Tyndall effect describes the dispersion of light caused by matter particles in its path. 

When hyaluronic acid facial filler particles are placed too close to the skin’s surface, the light that hits the area is dispersed, resulting in a bluish hue in the skin overlying the treated area. The Tyndall effect can sometimes be noticed following hyaluronic acid face filler injections in some patients with a very pale skin color, even if the substance was put into the correct tissue plane. 

Without significant pigmentation, the thin eyelid skin isn’t always able to adequately hide the face filler product from light, resulting in light scattering and the appearance of a bluish color in the treated area. This can also be found in other places of the body with thin skin, such as skin around the lips. If you have the Tyndall effect in your lower eyelids, hyaluronidase injections typically address this problem by dissolving the face filler product.

Read More: Side Effects of Juvéderm and How to Deal With Them

What to Expect Before Treatment

A pre-treatment consultation will be your first step. You’ll talk about your situation and decide whether a filler is best for you. Your doctor will also walk you through the procedure and healing process at this time.

What to Expect During Treatment

Here’s a general overview of the treatment:

  1. Your doctor will mark the site of the injection and disinfect it with washing fluid.
  2. A numbing treatment will be applied to the affected area and wait a few minutes for it to sink into the skin.
  3. A little needle will be used to penetrate the skin by your doctor. In other cases, the filler will be injected into the region using a needle. In other cases, a cannula with a blunt edge carrying the filler will be placed into the hole formed by the needle.
  4. Each eye will require one or more injections. If linear threading is performed, your doctor will inject a tunnel of filler into the spot while slowly withdrawing the needle.
  5. The filler will be smoothed into place by your doctor.

During an eye filler treatment, many people report feeling almost no pain. Some people claim to have felt a tiny prick. As the filler is administered, there will be a sensation of pressure or inflation.

Although the injection needle isn’t placed directly into the eye, it might be psychologically unpleasant to feel a needle that close to your eye. The complete treatment takes between 5 and 20 minutes.

What to Expect After Treatment

In general, expect the following during your recovery:

  • Following the procedure, your doctor will provide you with an ice pack to apply to the affected area.
  • You may experience some redness, bruising, or swelling as a result of the procedure, but these side effects are usually transient.
  • Your doctor will schedule a follow-up appointment in a few days to check the region and determine whether further filler injections are required.
  • Several injections over a few weeks or months may be advised.
  • In contrast to synthetic fillers, fat grafting requires a 2-week recovery period.

Over time, fillers are absorbed back into the body. They don’t produce long-term results. Hyaluronic acid fillers typically last 9 months to a year. You would then need to return for another treatment.

Alternatives to Under-Eye Fillers

Alternatives are available for those concerned about the side effects or are afraid of having needles close to the eye.

1) Creams

Topically applied hyaluronic acid in anti-aging lotions can plump the skin. These serums or lotions are less noticeable than fillers, yet cost less and pose less risks.

These ingredients may help reduce hollows and dark circles in the tear trough area by plumping the skin.

2) Skin/Eye Lift Surgery

Skin tightening or eye lift surgery may be recommended if filler injections do not work.

Laser skin resurfacing can help tighten eyelid skin. A tiny layer of skin beneath your eyes may be removed to promote new skin growth and collagen synthesis. Other lasers just heat the skin, stimulating collagen production and tightening.

Surgery on the eyelids is more intrusive. Your doctor may remove excess skin, perform fat grafting, or both. Riskier, more expensive, and requires a 3-week recovery period.

The results of corrective cosmetic surgery may outlast dermal filler injections.

Read More: A Guide to Correcting Forehead Lines With Dermal Fillers 

The Best Under-Eye Filler Treatments at aNu Aesthetics

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Tear trough fillers may be used to treat deep creases under the eyes. Typically, hyaluronic acid is injected beneath the lower eyelids. Under-eye fillers are generally safe but like many cosmetic or aesthetic treatments, under-eye fillers must be used with discretion. The range of side effects might range from insignificant to quite worrying. This is why it’s critical to have this treatment performed by skilled doctors.

At aNu Aesthetics, we are known to  help patients get great results with our up-to-date skin treatments and state-of-the-art equipment. Our highly-trained and experienced staff will definitely give you a safe, relaxed, and hassle-free experience. Contact us now to schedule your first appointment.

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